This paper gathers together evidence that the Manichaean cosmogony was originally based on a trinitarian structure (Father, Mother, Child). This basic triad was subsequently expanded into various hypostases as the Manichaean myth evolved over time and across linguistic contexts.

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Pettipiece, T. (2015). Many faced gods: Triadic (proto-)structure and divine androgyny in early manichaean cosmogony. Open Theology, 1(1), 245–254. doi:10.1515/opth-2015-0010