Mandaeans in Iraq preparing incense in preparation for a tarmida initiation ceremony

In Mandaeism, riha (Classical Mandaic: ࡓࡉࡄࡀ) is incense used for religious rituals. It is offered on stands called kinta by Mandaean priests in order to establish laufa (communion) between humans in Tibil (Earth) and uthras (celestial beings) in the World of Light during rituals such as the masbuta (baptism) and masiqta (death mass), as well as during priest initiation ceremonies.[1] Various prayers in the Qolasta are recited when incense is offered.[2] Incense must be offered during specific stages of the typically lengthy and complex rituals.

In the Qolasta

Further information: Qolasta § List of prayers

Several prayers in the Qolasta are recited when offering incense, including prayers 8 and 34.[2]

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. ^ a b Drower, E. S. (1959). Canonical Prayerbook of the Mandaeans. Leiden: E.J. Brill.