A Gnostic sect founded by Carpocrates of Alexandria. The sect claimed that Christ derived the mysteries of his religion from the Temple of Isis in Egypt, where he had studied for six years, and he taught them to his apostles who transmitted them to the Carpocratians. The members used theological incantations, and had grips, signs and words, symbols and degrees.
Its beliefs included metempsychosis, the preexistence of the soul, but it rejected the resurrection of the body. Some of their beliefs were held in common with the Basilideans. The sect endured until the sixth century. A.G.H.