The war of the priests

  Priests killing each other and each other’s patrons over ritual business. Violence erupting in the streets with sickening regularity. Secular courts being moved over purely ecclesiastical issues. The most sacrosanct being moved from one town to another. The innocent being ostracized. Matrimonial alliances being prohibited. Fatwas (diktats) issued and flouted. People wrongly accused, and even hanged. Believe it or not, but this is what the Zoroastrian priests did a few centuries ago. A far cry indeed from our present day docile panthaky (manager of an agiary) hesitant even to swat a fly. English playwright William Shakespeare’s Montagues and Capulets in Romeo......

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