Cleansing in the Nepean River
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Cleansing in the Nepean River

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A popular Western Sydney swimming and fishing spot has particular significance for Australian adherents of one of the world's oldest religious groups. Dressed in white cloth, Sydney's Mandaean community gathered on the bank of Penrith's Nepean River on Friday morning to celebrate Dehwa Honina. The 2000-year-old religion has its roots in ancient Mesopotamia - known now as Iraq and Iran - and followers worship the prophet John the Baptist.

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Dressed in white cloth, Sydney's Mandaean community gathered on the bank of Penrith's Nepean River on Friday morning to celebrate Dehwa Honina.Credit:Wolter Peeters

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Dressed in white cloth, Sydney's Mandaean community gathered on the bank of Penrith's Nepean River on Friday morning to celebrate Dehwa Honina.Credit:Wolter Peeters

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Dressed in white cloth, Sydney's Mandaean community gathered on the bank of Penrith's Nepean River on Friday morning to celebrate Dehwa Honina.Credit:Wolter Peeters

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Dressed in white cloth, Sydney's Mandaean community gathered on the bank of Penrith's Nepean River on Friday morning to celebrate Dehwa Honina.Credit:Wolter Peeters

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Dressed in white cloth, Sydney's Mandaean community gathered on the bank of Penrith's Nepean River on Friday morning to celebrate Dehwa Honina.Credit:Wolter Peeters

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Dressed in white cloth, Sydney's Mandaean community gathered on the bank of Penrith's Nepean River on Friday morning to celebrate Dehwa Honina.Credit:Wolter Peeters

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Dressed in white cloth, Sydney's Mandaean community gathered on the bank of Penrith's Nepean River on Friday morning to celebrate Dehwa Honina.Credit:Wolter Peeters

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Dressed in white cloth, Sydney's Mandaean community gathered on the bank of Penrith's Nepean River on Friday morning to celebrate Dehwa Honina.Credit:Wolter Peeters

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Dressed in white cloth, Sydney's Mandaean community gathered on the bank of Penrith's Nepean River on Friday morning to celebrate Dehwa Honina.Credit:Wolter Peeters