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By prospect   January 2008

Image, above—baptism by hot tub: the Mandaens, members of one of the oldest monotheistic religions, believe themselves to be the descendants of those baptised by John the Baptist—and baptism is their most sacred ritual. For centuries they have lived, mainly, in south Iraq. Since the US invasion, over half the population have fled abroad, with Sweden the most popular destination. Because of the cold weather in Sweden, and the distances to the nearest river, most Mandaens perform the first part of their prayer in the bath.

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