This sect of Gnostics appears to date from the second century.
A system of initiation was popular among the members and
they possessed symbols to represent purity, life, spirit, and fire.
Beliefs were based on mysteries of the Egyptian goddess Isis,
concepts of Oriental mythology, and Christian doctrine.
According to the theologian Origen (ca. 185–ca. 254 C.E.),
the sect was founded by a man named Euphrates. The sect was
believed to have given special prominence to serpents in their
Legge, Francis. Forerunners and Rivals of Christianity from 330
B.C. to 333 A.D. Reprint, New Hyde Park, N.Y. University
Books, 1964.

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