The present paper provides an interpretation of the Parthian fragment SI 5576
belonging to the Serindian Collection of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, Russian
Academy of Sciences. The poorly preserved text is a hymn dedicated to Wisdom and,
perhaps, is an adaptation of a Mandaean text. Its contents suggest that it was performed
during the Bema, the main Manichaean holiday. The fragment’s paper, ink, handwriting,
and the Chinese text on the recto side show that it is part of the same manuscript as the
fragment M 4590 belonging to the Berlin Turfan Collection, and that the manuscript
seems to have been a list of hymns to be performed during the Bema holiday.
On December 18, 2018, the Second Academic Conference 'Source Studies and Historiography of the Countries of the Near and Middle East' in memory of V.F. Minorsky (1877-1966) will be held at the IOM RAS.