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Subject: Re: (urth) latro and ares
From: Josh Geller 
Date: 08 May 2003 10:21:31 -0700

On Thu, 2003-05-08 at 09:16, Dan'l Danehy-Oakes wrote:
> Mark wrote in part...
>> I am especially interested in the almost random manner in which
>> Wolfe associates Ares with Ahura Mazda, the singular God that embodies good 
>> as opposed to the plurality of lesser deities that proliferate on Olympos.

> Slight correction ... Ahura-Mazda (Ormuzd, other spellings) is not a 
> "singular" god but one-half of a dualistic pair; the other being, of course, 
> Ahriman, the god of Evil. The prophecies of Zarathustra suggest that 
> Ahura-Mazda will be victorious in the final battle, but since
> everything else in the religion posits them as opposite equals, 
> I've never quite understood how that's supposed to work out.

It's not quite accurate. Zoroastrianism is a monotheistic religion.

Check out www.avesta.org.


> >Does
> >that make Ares an incarnation of the "true" God instead of just an angelic
> >being - thereby possibly making Latro much more than a man, but something 
> >like
> >a trial run for Christ?
> I don't think so. Humans being possessed by or avatars of one of the greater
> but of-this-world beings called "gods" would not be the same kind or order 
> of
> thing as a human incarnation of the one transcendent God.
> --Blattid
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