the Legend: Shadow
The Wraith shadow is the wraith’s worst nightmare.
The shadow personifies the worst and most self-destructive
parts of the wraith’s persona. The wraith shadow
is a result of shame and self-disgust of the wraith, when
it goes too far in following it’s own inner persona.
is the oldest monotheistic of the revealed world-religions.
"Very, very old school like 2,000 years before Christ."
Some scholars believe that Zoroastrian doctrines - those
of heaven and hell, the struggle of good versus evil,
and a redeeming messiah- have deeply influenced the Jewish
and Christian religions. It is an ancient Iranian religion
with similarities to the faiths of Northern India and
the Viking regions of Northern Europe.
3500 years ago (1200-1600 BC) in Persia, Zarathushtra
preached that there is only one god whom he referred to
as Ahura Mazda, the God of Wisdom. Ahura Mazda is said
to be the beginning and the end and the creator of everything.
The principal and cardinal virtue for the followers of
Zarathushtra is to adhere to the Zarathushti creed of
Humata, Hukhta and Havarastra (Good Thoughts, Good Words
and Good Deeds). The Avesta is the most ancient scripture
TO BECOME A ZOROASTRIAN
a few hundred thousand Zoroastrian believers are left,
and the majority live in India and Iran. How one become
a Zoroastrian is an ongoing controversy. According to
the prevailing view, one must be born into the faith,
of a Zoroastrian father- converts are unacceptable. However,
due to dwindling numbers of faithful, some believe that
converts should be admitted. The survival of the religion
may depend on it.
worship and share communion in a temple, often referred
to as a "fire temple," where an eternal fire
burns continuously. Fire is a Zoroastrian symbol for Ahura-Mazda’s
power. The main Zoroastrian Holy Scriptures are called
the Avestas, written in an ancient text (Avestan) that
is similar to Sanskrit. A portion of the Avestas known
as the Gathas, consist of hymns written by Zoroaster.
Religious law is contained in another text, the Vendidad.
Many of the original texts are missing. The last book
of the Avestas, the Vendidad, contains Zoroastrian civil
and religious law. The Vendidad is complex, and covers
subjects as diverse as the way prayers are to be recited
to the treatment of pets and livestock. The Jewish book
of law, Leviticus, contains many similarities to the Vendidad,
and was likely based on it.
LAST DUALIST RELIGION
the center of Zoroastrian belief is a duality of conflicting
forces- Ahura-Mazda, the supreme entity and the force
of good, versus Ahriman, the force of evil and darkness.
These forces are locked in a constant struggle, but good,
as always, is expected to prevail.
believe that time is divided into three ages, those of
creation, the current era of mixed good and evil, and
the coming era, when Ahura-Mazda will triumph, evildoers
will be punished, and the good will go to heaven. It is
an apocalyptic religion, like Christianity. However, unlike
most Christian views of hell, Zoroastrians believe it
to be a temporary abode, where sinners are cleansed by
ON THE DEAD & SYMBOLS
dead are not buried, but placed in the open air in structures
called "towers of silence," to be devoured by
vultures. A Zoroastrian symbol is a symbol that depicts
the human soul before and after death. The Farohar is
the emblem of the faith.
a sigil for a deva."
translates to 'demon of darkness'-- zoroastrian demons,
and they're savage, animalistic, you know- nasty demonic
ancient Persian mythology they are demons who cause plagues
and diseases and who fight every form of religion. They
are the male servants (or followers) of Angra Mainyu,
also known as Ahriman. The female servants are called
the Drugs. Together they fight Ahuru Mazda (Ormazd) and
his Amesha Spentas.
the Daevas, together with the Ahuras, were a classification
of gods and spirits. In later Persian religion they were
degraded to a lesser kind of beings, demons. The word
'devil' is derived from their name.
seven archdemons of the Daevas are: Aesma Daeva, Aka Manah,
Indra, Nanghaithya, Saurva, Tawrich and Zarich.
seen them for a couple of millenia"
One of the Daevas, Aesma Daeva ("madness") is
the demon of lust and anger, wrath and revenge. His wrath
is mainly directed towards the cow. He is the personification
of violence, a lover of conflict and war. Together with
the demon of death, Asto Vidatu, he chases the souls of
the deceased when they rise to heaven. The Jewish evil
spirit Asmodeus is derived from his image. His eternal
opponent is Sraosa.
personification of sensual desire who was sent by Ahriman
to seduce the prophet Zarathustra. His eternal opponent
is Vohu Manah.
personification of apostasy.
Nanghaithya is the personification of discontentment.
Her eternal opponent is Armaiti.
opponent is Khshathra vairya.
of hunger. She belongs to the Daevas, a group of demons.
Her eternal opponent is Haurvatat.
of the female members of the Daevas and the personification
of ageing. Her eternal opponent is Ameretat.
THROUGH THE SHADOWS