Persona (14)

What killed the King ?
Who was the famous playwright poet ?
A murderous plot disguised as suicide ?
The mystery of her disappearance
Was the french emperor poisoned ?
The strange occult roots of the Thule Society
The origin of vampires
The engineer of the future
The discovery of America
The predictions of the greatest clairvoyant
The child who came from none
Premonitorial signs announced his death ?
Has he existed ?
The Scotland Affair

Science (17)

The disappearance of the wild man
Can the Red Planet sustain life ?
Who are our ancestors ?
Can animal magnetism cure people's disease ?
The strange case of Prahlad Jani fasting
Are black holes time breaches ?
Where does it come from ?
European legend ?
Do stars dictate our destiny ?
500 KM of geoglyphs
Fabulous treasures buried underground ?
Probability And The Meta Universe
How Did It All Start ?
What Threatens Our Future Planet ?
Summary Case Study
Is Our Planet Doomed to Die ?
Could Mankind be Wiped Out ?

Ufology (5)

UFO crash in New Mexico ?
What kinda secrets lie inside the military zone ?
Are aliens real ?
Dogons in contact with aliens ?
Invisibility and Instantaneous Displacement ?

Parapsychology (19)

The sixth sense of people ?
The gift of foreseeing the future ?
Human energy field ?
Can hypnotherapy treat medical conditions ?
The meaning of dreams
A premonition 14 years in advance ?
A form of psychokinesis ?
Can the mind move objets ?
And thy fear of nothingness
Can a person be two places at once ?
Pain as offering for Lord Murugan
Walking on Hot Coals Without Injuries ?
Finding Water With Sticks
Forensic and Medical
The Case of Natasha Demkina
And Psychic Surgery
Mystery of Tulpas
The Case of Shankar
Fear of the New Millenium

Mysterious Place (39)

The Moai statues of Rapa Nui
The Lost City of the Incas
City of the cosmos
Inside the mysterious and long lost ancient city
A celestial and sacred place
Magic city and occultism in Italy
The secret fortune of the abbé Saunière
Ayers Rock
A vestige of Lemuria ?
King Solomon's Hidden Treasures
The secret of the Mayan astronaut
In search of the mythical Eldorado
What are menhirs for ?
The work of Mother Nature ?
Conquering Cancuen palace
The Mayan astronomers ?
Ancient Megalithic Ruins
Inside the Burial Tomb
The Stone City
Ancient Stone Circles
Origin of Chinese Civilization
Sculpture or meeting place for UFOs?
Derinkuyu & Kaymakli
Teutoburg Forest
The Mysterious Ruins
History & Sports
Horyuji & Todaiji Buddha
Top of the World
Mysterious Micronesia Ruins
King Solomon's Throne Sacred Fire
Story of the Golem Statue
Stone Ship Settings
Queen Zenobia And The Kingdom of Saba
Patmos, Delphi And Rhodes
Two Cities Lost In The Void
4 Cool Places To Visit
Deities and Heavenly Kings
The Lost Ships Graveyard
Origins of the Roman Empire

Egypt (12)

What killed the young pharaoh ?
What secret hides the legendary monument ?
A monument that defies time
Bitten by a king cobra ?
What has become of the beautiful queen of Egypt ?
Assassinated by his womens ?
The secret books of the ibis headed god
And the mysterious Book of the Dead
The Valley of the Kings abandoned ?
A mythical country of Ancient Egypt ?
Light of Ancient Egypt ?
Ancient Egyptian Story

Cryptozoology (17)

Mythology and Symbolism
Is It Real ?
The Abominable Snowman
The Goat Sucker
Lycanthropy
The Deadly Song of the Fish Woman
The Legend of Sasquatch
Are They Simply Tales ?
Voodoo and Golems - Myth ?
Serial Killer of the Eighteenth Century ?
A Mythological Version of Kongamato ?
Legend and Life
West Virginia Winged Creature
A Desert Death Adder ?
Small Dragon or Salamander ?
Manipogo, Ogopogo & Igopogo
De Loys Ape, Orang Pendek, Yeren & Almas

Strange Phenomenon (23)

Mysterious disappearances
The Ghost Ship
Spiritism and Ghosts
The Feeling of Already Seen
Ghosts and Haunted Houses
Exorcism of the Demons by a Shaman Priest
Mysterious Explosion in Siberia
The Route Without Gravity ?
Apparitions Or Hallucinations ?
How Fish Rain Happen
How Are They Made ?
Two Testimonies of the Afterlife
Examples and Theories
The Case of Hasnah Mohamed Meselmani
Mystery of Death Valley
A Mysterious Phenomena
What Causes The Phenomenon ?
Does Faith Healing Work ?
What Is The Meaning of Healing ?
Miracle or Mystification ?
Aboriginal in the Australian Bush
Famous Cases of Spectral Apparitions
Story of the Legendary Ghost Ship

Bible and Religion (19)

Who Wrote It ?
A Matter of Faith ?
Guardians of the Secret
The Sinner Denigrated by the Church
Fallen Angels
The Marks of Christ
Universal Deluge
The Dead Sea Scrolls
And The Star of Bethlehem
Where Is It ?
The Sources Of The Arcanes
Where is the Ark of the Covenant ?
Will It Ever Be Explained ?
Fact or Fiction ?
The Three Secrets
Secret Messages of the Virgin
Prophecy of Our Lady
Oldest Man in the Bible

Magic (4)

Grimoire and Rituals
The Book Of Laws Of The Dead
Mediator Between the Spiritual and Material World
Origin of Misfortunes

Monument (8)

Monoliths
Did They Really Exist ?
What Did It Look Like ?
Has It Existed ?
The Mystery of Marian Cult
A Monument Filled With Mystery
The Holy Grail in Italy ?
The Fortress Of Love

Legend and Myth (10)

The Lost Continent
A Site of Legend
Just a Myth ?
The Lost City
The Fabulous Land Of Gold
And The Legend of Sherwood
The Modern Prometheus
The Eternal Saga
The Legend of the Treasure Well
Search For The Fountain of Life

History (13)

The Book That Lit The Pyres
Historic Reality ?
Vikings - In America Before Columbus?
The Greatest Political Scandal of the United States
The Lost Colony
Who Is This Enigmatic Smiling Woman ?
Marinus Van der Lubbe Guilty ?
The Mystery Lingers
Nicolas Flamel and the Philosopher's Stone
Summary of Custer's Last Stand
Treasures Lost At Sea
Druids Cult of Violence

Relic (15)

An Endless Quest
Esoteric Nazism
An Ancient Stellar Computer ?
A Timeless Document
An Unknown Alphabet
Men And Dinosaurs Together ?
Ancient Electricity ?
Where Is It Located ?
Interesting Facts
Theories Debunked
Artifacts or Archaeological Forgery ?
Russian Artifacts or Alien Intelligence ?
An Ancient Egyptian Plane ?

People and Civilization (11)

The Oldest Civilization of Meso America
The Decline of the Mayan Civilization
The People of Amma
The Celtic's Spiritual Elite
A Kingdom Without Men
The Mysterious Destiny of a Tribe
Origin Of Language And Culture
Where Do They Come From ?
Cruel Burial Practices
An Indecipherable Language
Mystery of Shrunken Heads

Disappearance (4)

A Great Aviator Missing
What Happened To Him ?
Who Was Ötzi The Iceman ?
What Happened To Them ?

Cold Case (4)

Who is Behind The Murders ?
The assassination of John F Kennedy
Who Killed Lady Diana ?
Who Was He ?

Conspiracy Theory (2)

The Conspiracy Theory
A Dreadful Plot ?

France (4)

Has She Risen ?
Eustache Dauger
Ogre or Bluebeard ?
Man or Woman ?

Takht-e-Sulaiman : King Solomon's Throne Sacred Fire Cult

Takht-e-Sulaiman

King Solomon's Throne

In II Milione, Marco Polo recalls that the castle of the “fire worshipers” of Galatia was “three days away” from Sawah, the village where at least one of the Magi came. Not far from Sawah was Qazyat-al-Magus “the village of the magi”, through which Marco Polo certainly had to pass. This relative proximity is undoubtedly a track that should not be underestimated and which is confirmed by archeology: indeed, the historical interpretation of the tradition of the sacred fire venerated by the Magusei (that is to say Eastern Magi priests, experts in astrology and astronomy) is adopted by a theory coming precisely from Takht-e-Sulaiman (literally Throne of Solomon), where stood the temple of royal fire (Athur Gushnasp).

The Sacred Fire

The site of Takht-e-Sulaiman is located on the alleged path of the Three Kings. This route follows the Tigris between Lake Urmia and the Caspian Sea in present-day Iran. In this extended area, in addition, the caravan trail from the kingdom of Sheba which, after crossing part of the Arabian peninsula, crossed the Caspian Sea on entering Persia. The place where the temple of fire stood was clearly separated from the “route of processions”, a route already very busy long before the birth of Christ and which was used by travelers heading to the south of the country.

The sacred fire was apparently started by Ahura Mazda, whose origins date back, according to historians, to 150 BC at the beginning of the Parthian domination. Next to the royal fire temple was the priests' fire temple (Ethur Farnbog) located in Persia, and that of the shepherds and peasants (Adur Burzen-Mihr) in Parthian territory: the exact location of these two sites unfortunately did not reach us.

The relations of the temple of Takht-e-Sulaiman with the worship of fire were established thanks to the interpretation of the scriptures present on certain seals discovered on the site: they highlight the fact that Arthur Gushnasp was the sovereign and the great fire priest of this place. The Book of the bees of the Syriac Mar Solomon contains a speech between Zarathustra (Zoroaster) and King Gushnasp where they evoke the birth of a virgin, the life and death of a future great king, that is to say Zarathustra. When Gushnasp asks Zarathustra if the future king will be more powerful than him, he replies: "He will come from the same source as me, I am him and he is me."

The cult of fire

The sacred fire described by Marco Polo therefore burned in Takht-e-Sulaiman. It is believed that the place already hosted a temple dedicated to the worship of fire long before the journey of the Magi. The three characters, in the light of apocryphal sources and medieval hagiographic versions, are therefore not considered to be the initiators of the cult of the sacred fire, but rather as continuators, on the border between the Zoroastrianism tradition and the requirements of Christianity - the well-established Avesta doctrine has most likely hindered the dissemination of the latter. The Avesta, from the Persian apastak, “fundamental text” is the set of sacred texts of Zoroastrianism.

A Middle Eastern legend describes the wonders of the temple of As-Siz (corresponding to the current Takht-e-Sulaiman) where a perpetual fire burned: from this altar, the priests took the sacred fire, which they carried as a symbolic gift on the occasion of the celebrations. The information, in certain aspects, could be linked to a little-known apocryphal text, the Book of Daniel, where it is said that the Magi, who arrived near the child, bowed down and “set fire” with the three canonical gifts (gold, frankincense and myrrh). The link with the cult celebrated in Takht-e-Sulaiman immediately catches the eye, but does not imply any historically valid foundation.

The symbolism linked to fire includes one of the Three Kings: Caspar, also called Gondophares which means “lord of the Farr”. By “Farr”, we meant an abstract universal principle that can be compared to “the force that supports the Universe, gives it shape and life. It is considered innate because it is also found in water; but it is much more than just fire. This one is personified, on the kushana coins like a god: Farro. He carries fire in his hand and flames shoot out from his shoulders. It is its distinctive sign, its manifested essence ”. Caspar is also often represented next to a fire, an inseparable symbol of the emblem of the Magi.

Caspar : a historical figure?

Gondophares is a historical figure who reigned from 19 AD in an area between Afghanistan and India. Could this be the youngest - a prince - of the three Magi who came to worship the baby Jesus?

The third Magi, named Appelius by the Hebrews and Gastaphar by the Armenians, was known as the Galgalath or Gondophoros by the Greeks. These names refer, it seems, to a character designated by the name of vindafarna, king of a territory located between Afghanistan and India. In the apocryphal text, The Acts of Thomas, there is also talk of a certain Cudnafar, king of India (1, 2), a historical figure who effectively reigned over a part of this country in the 1st century AD. According to specialists in the Iranian religion, “it belongs to the wave of Iranian invaders who, during the 1st century BC, settled on Indo-Afghan territory (…) and it is the first great Indo-Parthian ruler. Of Hellenistic culture, since on the pieces of his reign we find the owl, symbol of Athena and of Greek wisdom, it strengthens its power and its domination by replacing - probably without great eddies - the Sace Kings ”. In addition, a set of inscriptions allows us to establish that this sovereign reigned from 19 AD. This means that one of the Three Kings could indeed be a historical figure. This assumption is credible and partially attested.