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Qolusta (Modern Mandaic: Qōlutā) is the canonical prayerbook of the Mandaeans, a present-day gnostic sect within Iraq and Iran. It was translated into English by E. S. Drower. The Mandaic word qolusta means "collection".[1] The prayerbook is a collection of Mandaic prayers regarding baptisms and other sacred rituals involved in the ascension of the soul.[2]

The Qolusta, and two other key texts to Mandaic literature, the Draša D-Iahia, and the Ginza Rba were compiled together,[2] though their date of authorship is heavily debated, some believing it to be during the second and third centuries CE,[3] and others believing it to be conceived during the first century CE.[4]


  1. ^ Drower, E. S. (1959). Canonical Prayerbook of the Mandeans. Leiden: E.J. Brill. 
  2. ^ a b Haardt, Robert (1971). Gnosis: Character and Testimony. Leiden. 
  3. ^ Drower, E. S. (2002). The Mandaeans of Iraq and Iran: Their Cults, Customs, Magic. Gorgias Press. 
  4. ^ Dunlap, S. F. (1998). Sōd, The Son Of The Man. San Diego: Wizards Bookshelf. 

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