From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: Re: (urth) latro and ares Date: Thu, 08 May 2003 10:52:56 -0700 I wrote then Josh wrote... > > 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. Josh, I believe that this is a question that isn't so simply answered. I admit to oversimplifying, because most people don't know much about Zarathushtra except that Nietzsche appropriated him as a character in his best-known book. Similarly, SF/F fans will mostly know the names of Ahriman and Ahura-Mazda from John Brunner's THE TRAVELLER IN BLACK. The relevant quesiton is this: Is the dualism frequently associated with the Daena Vanyuhi a product of human minds (as the Gathic tradition, to which avesta.org clearly subscribes, holds) or is it cosmic (as in the later Avestic tradition)? Cheers, --Blattid _________________________________________________________________ Tired of spam? Get advanced junk mail protection with MSN 8. http://join.msn.com/?page=features/junkmail --