Religion:Yesseus Mazareus Yessedekeus

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In Sethian Gnostic texts, Yesseus Mazareus Yessedekeus is the personification of the Living Water. He is mentioned in the Nag Hammadi tractates of the Holy Book of the Great Invisible Spirit, Zostrianos, and Apocalypse of Adam.[1]


The etymology of the name is as follows.[1]

  • Yesseus from Jesus
  • Mazareus from Nazarene (Greek: nazōraios)
  • Yessedekeus from "the righteous" (Greek: ho dikaios)

Parallels in Mandaeism

In Mandaeism, the uthra (celestial spirit) Piriawis Ziwa is the personification of the heavenly river of living water.[2] Qolasta prayers 13 and 17 mention Piriawis Ziwa and Piriafil Malaka together as uthras.[3]

In Mandaean scriptures such as the Ginza Rabba, Praš Ziwa (pronounced Fraš Ziwa) is mentioned as the personification of the Euphrates,[4] which is considered to be the earthly manifestation of the heavenly yardna or flowing river (similar to the Yazidi concept of Lalish being the earthly manifestation of its heavenly counterpart).[5]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Meyer, Marvin (2007). The Nag Hammadi scriptures. New York: HarperOne. ISBN 978-0-06-162600-5. OCLC 124538398. 
  2. Buckley, Jorunn Jacobsen (2002). The Mandaeans: ancient texts and modern people. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-515385-5. OCLC 65198443. 
  3. Drower, E. S. (1959). The Canonical Prayerbook of the Mandaeans. Leiden: E. J. Brill. 
  4. Gelbert, Carlos (2011). Ginza Rba. Sydney: Living Water Books. ISBN 9780958034630. 
  5. Nasoraia, Brikha H.S. (2021). The Mandaean gnostic religion: worship practice and deep thought. New Delhi: Sterling. ISBN 978-81-950824-1-4. OCLC 1272858968.