Persian culture and Zoroastrianism are main but often-ignored foundations of Western Culture. Also overlooked are the profound Gnostic ideas in the primordial teachings of Zarathustra. Persian Gnosticism permeated religious history for thousands of years across Eurasia, manifesting as a threat to orthodoxy with such movements as Manichaeism, Zurvanism, Mazdakism, and Sufism. We explore this heretical stream, as well as the rich tradition of Persian magic and folklore — culminating with author Sadegh Hedayat, whose work parallels that of Philip K. Dick, Frans Kafka, Henry Corbin, and other modern masters of imaginal Gnostic thinking.
Astral Guest – Jason Reza Jorjani, author of Novel Folklore.
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