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Retasking Silkworms and Honeybees: Zoroastrian Dualism as Embedded, Embodied and Natural
This talk will present a broad overview of ancient and late antique notions of Zoroastrianism Dualism, in which the material world—both natural and human—is seen as a state of ‘mixture’ or a battleground within which the metaphysical forces of ‘Good’ and ‘Evil’ engage in a proxy war. The presentation will attempt to showcase the efficacy of a dualistic religious worldview that maintained a durable advantage for over two millennia from the late Bronze Age to the advent of Islam in the Iranian world in the 7th century CE.