I love painting fellow artists. I'm particularly interested in the prophet-painter Mani. He taught his universal philosophy via pictures and welcomed the illiterate, as well as having progressive views on women and slaves, and he was a vegetarian. His teachings were all-encompassing and he took ideas from Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism and his word spread from Turkey to China, all across Central Asia along the Silk Road. And of course, he was ahead of his time as mystics often are; he was killed and his religion died out with him. Or did it? If your religion dies, does the God of your religion die also?
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