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On The Dragon, The One With Fourteen Heads; What Is It And . . .

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In this chapter Mani is questioned by a disciple on the existence of a fourteen-headed dragon mentioned in the "laws of the Magi" as dwelling in "Five Hallows" (1Ke 252.1-3). In response, Mani is made to give an anthropological interpretation in which the fourteen heads of the dragon are said to represent the seven senses of the head and the seven senses of the body (1Ke 252.19- 253.2). The "Five Pits" in which the dragon dwells, however, are said to represent five of the internal organs (1Ke 253.2-7).

Keywords:fourteen-headed dragon; laws of the Magi; Manichaean Kephalaia; seven senses



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