UPDATE 14/11/2013: Just confirming that this is the set date for sure! We are meeting outside Russell Square station at 6pm.
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This meetup has been suggested by LAAGer Cloe, who is kind of a LAAG organiser anyway - and she will be hosting the event. Here is her text:
I don't know about you but there's something compelling about this pre-Islamic religion that really does interest me.
I also understand that we're an Atheist group, but it's handy to know what influenced Judaism, Christianity, and Islam that we so often discuss.
SOAS (University of London) have put on an exhibition about Zoroastrianism in their Brunei Gallery, running from the 11th Oct - 14th Dec.
To quote the Atheist Austin Cline:
"These religions would be unthinkable without the prior influence of Zoroastrianism...It sounds like, despite their small numbers, they have a positive and even secularizing effect on whatever culture they are in. People in India welcome them. Mullahs in Iran try to eliminate them."
Here's what the website says about the exhibition:
"One of the world’s oldest religions, Zoroastrianism originated amongst Iranian tribes in Central Asia during the second millennium BCE and spread to Iran where it became the principal faith until the advent of Islam. Central to the religion is the belief in a sole creator god, Ahura Mazda, his agent Zarathustra (Zoroaster) and the dichotomy between good and evil.
The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination is the first exhibition of its kind to provide a visual narrative of the history of Zoroastrianism, its rich cultural heritage and the influence it has had on the major world religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
The exhibition takes you on a journey from the earliest days of the religion to its emergence as the foremost religion of the Achaemenid, Parthian and Sasanian empires of imperial Iran."
I'm going and I thought it might be of interest to anyone in the group who enjoys a bit of Ancient history etc (IT'S FREE!).
To end again with a quote from Cline:
"As far as I'm concerned, anything that the theocratic old men of Iran hate can't be all bad." ;)