Color vintage postcard from 1922, entitled: Der Manichäer ( The Manichean ).
Avter a painting by Professor E. Henseler.
Used as postcard in n1922, sent from Italy to Wien.
Manichaeism (in Modern Persian yin e Mni; Chinese: ) was one of the major Gnostic religions, originating in Sassanid Persia. Manichaeism thrived between the third and seventh centuries, and at its height was one of the most widespread religions in the world. Manichaean churches and scriptures existed as far east as China and as far west as the Roman empire.
The original six sacred books of Manichaeism, composed in Syriac Aramaic, were soon translated into other languages to help spread the religion. As they spread to the east, the Manichaean writings passed through Middle Persian, Parthian, Sogdian, and ultimately Uighur and Chinese translations. As they spread to the west, they were translated into Greek, Coptic, and Latin. The spread and success of Manichaeism were seen as a threat to other religions, and it was widely persecuted in Christian, Zoroastrian, and later, Islamic areas.