Mystery of the Datepalm and Grapes

Mystery of the Datepalm and Grapes Then the postulant shall bring fresh hamra in a phial when the mystery of the Datepalm and Grapes have been placed in it. And the acolyte (šganda) clothed in the five mysteries hands the postulant the drinking-bowl when the postulant’s hands are purified (i.e. washed). And he (the postulant) pours the hamra (wine) from the phial into the bowl. And all the priests recite: ‘In the name of Great Life ‘Uthras assembled, Dwellings came together’ (CP no. 180) and ‘On the day that they clad Manda-d-Hiia in his vestment’ (CP no. 181) (etc.?) and wherever it says ‘Give him to drink’ they tell him to drink the wine and fill the bowl again with wine and read one hymn after another. And wherever it says ‘Give him to drink’ they make him drink the wine until he (has drunk) seven cups. And at the place where it says ‘Laying their pure right hands upon him’ they lay their hands on the postulant’s head. And they recite up to the place where it says ‘May pure ones (CP no. 199 has ‘pure guardians’) guard thee’ and end. http://www.geocities.com/mandaeanworld1/sislam1.html To procure a spiritual vehicle for the disembodied soul the two great generating principles which united to form the Heavenly Man are invoked, Their union, the hieros gamos, is, according to priestly commentaries, enacted when water is poured into the wine-bowl. The two represent the positive and negative aspects of creative energy. As in the Christian mass, the “wine” in the bowl is called “blood”, conception being thought to result from unions of male sperm with blood in the womb. The mingled contents are drunk by the celebrant who becomes mystically united with the departed soul. He is “clothed” in, i.e. becomes identified and united with, the soul of the departed..... The new spiritual body after gestation and birth is “clothed” and this is mimed by wrapping the soft dough of the selected pihta ) about a myrtle wreath and anointing it. The wreath represents the living crown which the soul as microcosm will receive; for the Macrocosm, Adam Kasia, the Soul of Mankind, is crowned and anointed. As for the unselected loaves, these represent the souls of the living and the dead, just as in the Orthodox Mass. However, some of the commentaries connect them also with limbs, organs and faculties formed for the disembodied soul in the womb of the Great Mother ), which are confusingly identical with (or so it would appear) with those of the great Body (‘ustun) of which all souls form a part. The fragments of ritual food laid upon each, represent viaticum ), heavenly nourishment for the soul upon its long journey upwards to the worlds of light. http://www.geocities.com/mandaeanworld1/sislam5.html