An engagement ceremony for a ganzibra and his fiancée in Ahvaz. The actual marriage ceremony (qabin) was performed in October 2015.

The qabin (Classical Mandaic: ࡒࡀࡁࡉࡍ) is the Mandaean wedding ritual. Mandaean weddings are typically held for several days. Traditionally, weddings must be officiated by a Mandaean priest and can only be performed for ethnic Mandaeans, although this has proved to be challenging for the contemporary Mandaean diaspora.[1]

During the qabin wedding ceremony, a Mandaean priest reads prayers from The Wedding of the Great Šišlam.[2] Zidqa brika, which includes hamra and various dried fruits and nuts, is also offered and consumed.[3] A bridal chamber called the gnana, consisting of a canopy and white cloth, is set up for the bride and groom.[4]

Drower (1937: 59–71) contains a detailed account of a traditional Mandaean village wedding.[3]

A wedding chamber or canopy used during Mandaean wedding ceremonies is called an andiruna, a term which is also used to refer to temporary reed huts used during priest initiation ceremonies.

See also


  1. ^ Buckley, Jorunn Jacobsen (2002). The Mandaeans: ancient texts and modern people. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-515385-5. OCLC 65198443.
  2. ^ Drower, E. S. 1950. Šarḥ ḏ qabin ḏ šišlam rba (D. C. 38). Explanatory Commentary on the Marriage Ceremony of the great Šišlam. Rome: Ponteficio Istituto Biblico. (text transliterated and translated)
  3. ^ a b Drower, Ethel Stefana (1937). The Mandaeans of Iraq and Iran. Oxford At The Clarendon Press.
  4. ^ Gelbert, Carlos (2023). The Key to All the Mysteries of Ginza Rba. Sydney: Living Water Books. pp. 246–249. ISBN 9780648795414.