Category Archives: Zoroastrianism

On Earth as It Is in Heaven

The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, by Jeff Sharlet – I think I first heard about the secretive fundamentalist Christian organization known as the Family or the Fellowship on Bill Maher years ago, and I … Continue reading

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The Scourge of Persia

Not too long ago, Marcus Mebes sent me a book of monsters from mythology, folklore, and fantasy literature. I was already familiar with many of them, but one I can’t recall having read about before was Zahhak, or Azi Dahaka, … Continue reading

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Bearing Gifts We Traverse Afar

Today is Epiphany or Three Kings Day (although it might not be anymore by the time I’ve finished this post, at least not in this time zone), the celebration of the wise men bringing gifts to the baby Jesus. Well, … Continue reading

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Erlik to Bed, Erlik to Rise

I can’t say I’ve ever come across that much from what Is known as Altaic mythology, which encompasses the beliefs of people from Turkey, Mongolia, and Siberia. Some of it seems to have spread into Finland as well. The evil … Continue reading

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Good Gods and Bad Gods

I don’t think people typically worship gods they think of as evil. That’s not to say it doesn’t happen, just that it doesn’t seem to be the basis of any major religion. What does happen is that societies will demonize … Continue reading

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Peri the Wind High, Low

I had heard of peris as basically Persian fairies, which is more or less true, but there’s a little more to it than that. In Persian mythology, including but apparently not limited to Zoroastrian beliefs, the peris seem to have … Continue reading

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The Prophets Have Fallen

Beth recently showed me this video of Pastor Steven Anderson insisting that Buddhists worship the dead corpse of Buddha. While this guy is particularly nutty, the argument that Jesus is still alive and Muhammad and Buddha (as well as Moses … Continue reading

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