While texts from the Nag Hammadi library have revolutionized our understanding of Gnosticism, we still know very little about just how Gnosticism was practiced in the ancient world. What were their rituals, hymns, gatherings, and daily life like? In this episode of Esoterica we explore a Gnostic Baptism ritual found in the Bruce Codex Book of Jeu. What we find is a complex set of rituals by which one purifies one's soul in order to begin one's ascent back to the divine One. We also explore the various layers of reality described in the Jeu I and some connections with ancient magic.
Schmidt - The Books of Jeu and the Untitled Text in the Bruce Codex - 978-9004057548
Evans - The Books of Jeu and the Pistis Sophia as Handbooks to Eternity - 978-9004284463
Lambdin - Introduction to Sahidic Coptic - 978-0865540484
DeConick (ed.) - Practicing Gnosis: Ritual, Magic, Theurgy and Liturgy in Nag Hammadi, Manichaean and Other Ancient Literature - 978-9004256293
Thunder Perfect Mind Prada Ad - https://www.prada.com/us/en/pradasphere/films/2005/thunder-perfect-mind.html
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