American Z-Men: Intro

American Z-Men: Intro
by Dr. Stephen Flowers

I think it would be a good exercise to take a look at some of the history of attempts to revive or adopt the way of Zarathustra in the West prior to our own present effort. Someday I would like to see someone write a book on the subject. My plate is full, but it is a worthwhile project for someone to undertake. These men were all active in America: Albert Pike, Charles Poston, Kenneth Guthrie and Otto Hanisch. Most did not declare themselves to be Zoroastrians, but cases can be made for all that that is what they were, and that this interpretation explains many things about these individuals. The purpose of the exercise was to explore past attempts to activate the Mazdan current in the West. We can conclude that this has never been successfully done in the past and that our effort is unique and necessary. Hanish is the closest to any real effort, but as can be seen from the discussion of Mazdaznan, it is not a viable and complete vision and has also virtually disappeared from the US and most of the Western World.

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