Rediscover the Axial Age ethos


May 14, 2006

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complained to Lord Mazda (Aryan god of harmony): ‘For whom did you shape me? … Fury and raiding, cruelty and might hold me captive.’ ” Lord Mazda replied that Zoroaster, a priest, would protect her, and the cow’s response was something like – big deal, he’s got no power.

Zoroaster had a vision of a resurgent Mazda who acted a lot like the single god of many modern religions; and he won a lot of converts, desperate for faith. The plundering Aryans moved into the Punjab region of India, where, among the robber barons, a priestly contingent began composing one of the most enlightened works of all time, the Rig Veda.

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