An interesting and quick read on the history — “fact” and fiction — of the Magi.
This piece reminds me of when I saw the Adoration of the Magi at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. I think it’s interesting that the story of the Magis began as a virtual myth, yet now has such a lucrative back story attached to it. I think it’s interesting how art and stories and concepts can evolve from something that originates as just hearsay.
Being unfamiliar with the Bible, I was surprised to learn that the Magi were not Jews or in any way related to Christianity except for giving gifts to the baby Jesus. I wonder if that was propaganda to get non-Christians to join the religion and to encourage the main competitor in religion (the Middle East) to join with the Western religions.
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