The longest and darkest night of the year is a time when friends and family gather together to eat, drink and read poetry (especially Hafez) until well after midnight. Fruits and nuts are eaten and pomegranates and watermelons are particularly significant. The red color in these fruits symbolizes the crimson hues of dawn and glow of life. The poems of Divan-e Hafez, which can be found in the bookcases of most Iranian families, are intermingled with peoples’ life and are read or recited during various occasions like this festival and at Nowruz.
In Zoroastrian tradition the longest and darkest night of the year was a particularly inauspicious day, and the practices of what is now known as “Shab-e Chelleh/Yalda” were originally customs intended to protect people from evil (see dews) during that long night,at which time the evil forces of Ahriman were imagined to be at their peak. People were advised to stay awake most of the night, lest misfortune should befall them, and people would then gather in the safety of groups of friends and relatives, share the last remaining fruits from the summer, and find ways to pass the long night together in good company. The next day (i.e. the first day of Dae month) was then a day of celebration, and (at least in the 10th century, as recorded by Al-Biruni), the festival of the first day of Dae month was known as Ḵorram-ruz (joyful day) or Navad-ruz (ninety days [left to Nowruz]).Although the religious significance of the long dark night have been lost, the old traditions of staying up late in the company of friends and family have been retained in Iranian culture to the present day.
As the newest Mobed for the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, I am ecstatic to have finally recieved my ordination this passing month!
People have spoken on how easy it is to get an ordination in these times, buying them off of ad hoc ministry websites, but in doing so they fail to realize several intrinsic factors to the internet ordainment methodology verses joinging a federally recognized 501c3 organization and recieving such an honor. The first thing that I would like to address would be the fact that a United Life Church ordainment is NOT a satanic ordainment, the ULC ministry is a christain ministry which accepts all faith types. It’s ordinations are christain ordinations, while on the other hand the ordination that I have recieved through the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu is a legitimate ordination in the name of the DEVIL. The second point that I’d like to make is that the ULC has no requirements for their ordinations, no structured learning regimen. You pay them, you recieve the ordination. Ours, by compairison however, has very structured requirements. Such as a strict reading regimen, a number of rituals one must preform, media training, and working public events, all in order to prove yourself to the clergy of the Dakhma.
In recieveing this ordination and in being a part of the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, I have found a new lease on life. A newfound fire has been ignited in me, and this is only the beginning. Worshiping the Devil and working with his Daeva, studying theology and the occult has made me even more prolific. In short, expect more from me. Expect me during the following months. Expect the Dakhma to be even more prolific and expect more public events!!