Monthly Archives: January 2017

Wojtek, the Iranian Soldier-Bear of Monte Cassino, and the soul of the animals in the poetic Gathas


Recently the History Channel has aired a short story about Wojtek, the Iranian bear soldier of Monte Cassino. The account of RYSZARD ANTOLAK, the Polish writer, poet, and blogger is probably the most heartfelt and accurate of all stories concerning … Continue reading

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Mid Winter Yule and parallels with the Avestan Mid-Year festival


Yule was an indigenous midwinter festival celebrated by the Germanic peoples. Yule-tide fell between what is now mid-November and early January. Similarly, the Avestan Maiδ-yaar literally “mid-year” was/is the second, most sacred Zoroastrian festival after the Vernal Equinox, falling in early January … Continue reading

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The magic of words, binding formulas of the Immortals, and a higher notion for sacred duty in Zoroastrianism


  If art can be called the wondrous re-creation and a new formulation of reality through the lens of human experience, then the magic of words is the greatest achievement of art. Each word is a spell of vision and … Continue reading

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