One of the reasons that this whole situation with Iran concerned me enough to write about it here is that I’m developing an appreciation for some of her Pre-Islamic faiths and their influence on the Indo-European family of religions. A lot of this is relevant to Starry Bear stuff – so do consider giving the links a read.
- Constantine Borissoff, Non-Iranian origin of the Eastern-Slavonic god Xŭrsŭ/Xors
- Caspar Meyer, Iranians and Greeks After 90 Years: A Religious History of Southern Russia in Ancient Times
- Jennifer Black, Parthian Rhyta at Home and Abroad: Reconsidering the Ivory Rhyta of Nisa in Light of Roman Evidence from the First Century BCE
- Stanislaw Sielicki, Indo-Iranian parallels of the Slavic water rites of the oath and guilt confirmation attested in Medieval Latin accounts and Slavic law codices
- Jonas Wellendorf, Zoroaster, Saturn and Óðinn: The loss of language and the rise of idolatry
- George Hinge, Dionysos and Herakles in Scythia ‒ The Eschatological String of Herodotos’ Book 4
- Amir Ahmadi, The magoi and daimones in Column VI of the Derveni Papyrus
- Damon Zacharias Lycourinos, Those Who Wander in the Night: Magoi Amongst the Hellenes
- Andrei V . Lebedev, Pharnabazos the diviner of Hermes, plausible author of the Orphic-Pythagorean graffiti from Olbia
- Yulia Ustinova, Aphrodite Ourania of the Bosporus: The Great Goddess of a Frontier Pantheon
- Zaur Hasanov, A Reflection of the Cimmerian and Scythian Religious Rites in Archaeology
- Leland Guthrie, Death and Sacrifice as Transformation and Fecundation in the Ecological Mythos of the Scytho-Siberian Nomads
- Manya Saadi Nejad, Rehabilitating the Pairikās: Fairies in Iranian mythology
8 thoughts on “Also Sprach Zarathustra”
Interesting choice of video! I had never heard that particular song, nor seen the video, but Freddie was looking (in my opinion) his best during those years, at least as far as my own aesthetics are concerned. ;)
I will be eager (when there is time…when is that?!?) to look through these, as several of the titles are quite tantalizing, needless to say…!
Agreed. And Mr. Mercury was a Zoroastrian, so it seemed apt.
That was the main reason I had assumed you’d chosen this video…Apart from his fabulousness, and the fact that he is fairly Dionysian (not as much as Bowie, but more so than Bowie’s previously shown collaborator, Mr. Bing Crosby!), and the idea of going mad…”Oh dear!”
Oh my. Now that’s making me imagine Bing Crosby at a Bacchanalia.
Which, at least, would be better than Bill Cosby.
I had a funny feeling you might go there, too…!?!
Plus, ol’ Dr. Cosby was only good at singing badly for laughs in jokes, so he wouldn’t really have meshed well with Bowie. (But imagine Cosby doing the voice of Ludo in Labyrinth instead…it would have been a much weirder film, especially with all we know now!)
Not difficult: his undergraduate years at Gonzaga fit that description fairly well, apparently! ;)
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