American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Manes A.D. 216?-276? Persian prophet and founder of Manichaeism. His religious movement, a rival to early Christianity, professed that the world is a fusion of the equal but opposite forces of good and evil.
“In his mouth he carries black beans -- always a chthonic symbol -- which he spits out nine times without looking round, saying, as he does so, 'With these I redeem me and mine': he washes again, and clanks brass vessels together; nine times he repeats the formula, 'depart, Manes of our fathers' (no doubt using the dignified title Manes euphemistically), and then finally turns round.”
“Come, wife, cook three measures of beans, adding to them a little wheat, and give us some figs. Syra! call Manes off the fields, it's impossible to prune the vine or to align the ridges, for the ground is too wet to-day.”
“The Manes were the spirits of the departed, and were of two kinds, viz.,”
“Come, wife, cook three measures of beans, adding to them a little wheat, and give us some figs. Syra! call Manes off the fields, 'tis impossible to prune the vine or to align the ridges, for the ground is too wet to-day.”
“Two vessels were hung from the extremities of the beam so as to balance; beneath these two other and larger dishes were placed and filled with water, and in the middle of each a brazen figure, called Manes, was stood.”
“Ennead and Menés, it intercalated one or more lines of Theban or Thinite kings; but these were of so formless, shadowy, and undefined an aspect, that they were called Manes, and there was attributed to them at most only a passive existence, as of persons who had always been in the condition of the dead, and had never been subjected to the trouble of passing through life.”
“And they have worked overtime to insure that juvenile criminals such as Manes can buy firearms when they are adults.”
“First, because even as the truth of the human nature of Christ would not have been maintained had His body been an imaginary one, such as Manes supposed, so likewise it would not have been maintained if we supposed, as did Valentine, that it was a heavenly body.”
“Moreover, the Sun is now Indra; the Manes are the seasons, and Varuna, too, is the seasons, as being the year (_Çat.”
“It was different with Donald Manes, the late Queens Borough President, who always seemed to be a rascal, although he was not known as a thief.”
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