Mandaean Iraqis Try Revive Faith in Worcester

If you’ve never heard of Mandaeans before, you’re not alone… They’re a tiny religious minority— fewer than 60-thousand people worldwide– who follow an ancient form of Gnosticism with ties to early Judaism and Christianity. Mandaeans practice multiple baptisms — as often as every week. And they’ve lived in what are now Iraq and Iran, for more than two thousand years. But since 2003, it’s estimated that 90 percent of the Mandaean population in Iraq has either fled or been killed. Among other places in the world, they’ve ended up in Worcester, Massachusetts. WFCR’s Tina Antolini reports.