I am not a huge fan of horror movies, but last night I watched Clive Barker’s Wishmaster. The movie was not entirely without substance, turns out Clive is a bit of a philologist himself. Like me he has come to the conclusion that Islam existed before it was supposedly created by Mohammed and he traces their origins, as I have to Ahriman, Ahura Mazda’s brother. Where we disagree is that he interprets Ahura Mazda as the “Cause of the Bad” as well as the cause of the good.
Ahura Mazda created everything good and his brother created everything bad.
I interpret that differently. In the Ancient World they practiced slavery. Appreciating intelligence as they did, they had a bar of citizenry that was based on intelligence, being able to understand the complex way in which the state operated and being able to create value for that state. Slaves were allowed…
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