The Mandaeans are an ethnographic-religious community whose roots can be traced back to Mesopotamia circa 400 AD.
In recent times, they have become a race under siege. After years of persecution from rival faiths, many Mandaeans fled their homes in the south of Iraq and settled in Europe, Australia and North America.
Of the 70,000 Mandaeans who survive globally, 10,000 live in Sydney and whilst they share many of the prophets of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Mandaeans regard John the Baptist as the last great teacher and baptism is their most sacred ritual. These images were taken on the banks of the Nepean River in Penrith.
This work forms part of an ongoing series documenting religious practices and cultures in Western Sydney.