today is the day of the Abolution for the Mandeans. today they all go down to the river. they call in Sibagha. it starts with the ptiests reading from their holy book called Ginzah-raba wich means the great treasure, then the men and women get in line to be baptized. after that they read some more and cook meals which they give to the poor.
at 7pm they all go back to their homes and stay indoors for the next 36 hours, the story goes like this. the angels of light (heaven) came down to battle the angels of darkness (earth) it took them 12 hours to come down,12 to fight the evil and 12 to go back to the land of light. during these 36 hours there are no angels of light to protect the Mandeans, that is why they spend that time indoors. after 36 hours they go out and celebrate the Mandean new year.
today in the morning I was down by the river and attended the Baptisim.
lovely. and i was given a ring of Yaas (fragrant green leaves) as a present.