A Mandaean Song from San Antonio

It is amazing the things you find when your interests intersect in unusual ways. The American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting is in San Antonio this year, and that also happens to be the city with the largest Mandaean population in the United States. I was told that there is at least one restaurant owned by Mandaeans, and I wanted to find out more. In searching, I didn’t find the restaurant, but I found the video above.

Music can be crucial to cultural preservation, and so it was striking, after having prepared this post on this topic, to then read (via Jim Davila’s blog) about a Syrian music festival aimed at preserving Aramaic.

If anyone knows more about the Mandaean-owned restaurant, please do let me know!

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  • I’d be happy to take you on a search for such a restaurant, Professor as I live here in San Antonio. I live on the far east side of the city and the Mandaeans live on the west. So I didn’t know they exist. It would be a wonderful treat to meet you in person if you’ll be attending the annual meeting and as a non-Mandaean, I do know several Mexican and steak house restaurants that would show you true South Texas hospitality.

    • Thanks for the kind offer. See below – no need to wait for me to get to San Antonio to pay the restaurant a visit! 🙂

  • Chuck Haberl

    The restaurant you’re looking for is (appropriately enough) called El Rio. It’s at 1361 S Main St #600, Boerne, TX 78006, United States.