Mandaeans are a religious grouping that in recent years was centred in Iraq until the war there dispersed them across the world, leaving just a few thousands in their original homeland. Efforts to resettle them as a single group have failed, putting the continued existence of this religious minority seriously at risk.
Their place in this work is mainly due to the views of the prolific Italian writer, Mario Pincherle, who has advocated the radical view that the Mandaeans are the last remnants of the Atlanteans . One website(a) goes even further suggesting that the Mandaeans have some knowledge of the secret behind the UFO mystery. A more recent article studies this in greater depth(b).
>(a) https://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?t=72447 (Link broken March 2020)<
Mario Pincherle (1919- ) was born in Bologna, Italy where he qualified as an engineer. He studied the classical writers and in due course became an archaeologist and a poet. He is also the writer of popular but somewhat controversial books on ancient history and religion. In collaboration with Luigi Palazzini-Finetti he wrote a book that envisaged the Atlantis story as an allegory of Eden wrapped in the trappings of the Akkadian Empire of Sargon. He also wrote a related book about Sargon, the Akkadian ruler, and more recently a work on the Mandaeans of Iraq who he claims are remnants of the Atlanteans. Unfortunately most of his writings and his website(a) are in Italian only. However, one excerpt, in English, from his book, La Grande Piramide, is available(b) and offers an interesting theory on the construction of the Great Pyramid.
Iraq has been given little attention by Atlantis hunters. However, in the 16th century the Spanish historian Gonzalo Fernandez Oviedo y Valdes (1478-1557) suggested Iraq as the location of Atlantis, whose inhabitants fled to the Americas when their country was inundated.
Mario Pincherle considers the Mandaeans of southern Iraq to be descendants of the original Atlanteans.
>Leon Elshout associates the story of Atlantis with Iraq in a brief blog(a).