Learn some little known “magi” facts in this reblogged post from Darvish.
Note: The page banner is a cut from the painting “Adoration of the Magi” by Jacopo Pontormo.
Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
In the days before Christmas, I confess that one of my favorite parts of the story of the birth of Jesus, or Isa ibn Mariyam, is the coming of the Magi, and the legends that have grown up around them.
In Christian tradition, the Magi, also referred to as the ThreeWise Men, ThreeKings, or Kings from the East, are said to have visited the baby Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense.
The word Magi is a Latinization of the plural of the Greek word magos, itself from Old Persian maguŝ from the religious/priestly caste into which Zoroaster was born. As part of their religion, these priests paid particular attention to the stars, and gained an international reputation for astrology, which was at that time highly regarded as a science. Their religious practices…
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