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The whole truth about the “Three Kings”


The popular holiday of Three Kings (“Epiphany”) is considered the oldest Christian holiday. As is usually the case with so-called Christian holidays, the truth is a bit tangled. The term “Epiphany” in ancient literature means revelation, of course, but the epiphany was a pagan festival of the solar deity Aion, born of the virgin Cora, which was celebrated in Alexandria on the night of January 5-6. It was associated with night vigils and chanting. In the morning, usually with the crowing of a rooster, one ascended solemnly to a dark cave and carried the little Aion from there:

The legend of the three kings who came to bow down to the Messiah was invented by the Carmelite John of Hildesheim in the 14th century. He is the one who turned the sorcerers into kings and even gave them names: Casper, Melchior and Balthazar. Remarkably, the legend received an enthusiastic reception and the “History of the Three Kings” (Historia Trium Regium) was spread. Ecclesiastical dignitaries in particular were pleased; after all, three rulers (not sorcerers!) bowing to the Messiah is a much-talked-about symbol that can be invoked in theological considerations and intimidate secular authorities.

St. John of Hildesheim had it easy because as early as 1162 Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa discovered the somewhat forgotten relics of the three sorcerers in Milan (St. Helena, who found everything, found them, of course:) The alleged remains of the saints were placed in a massive reliquary and even a gigantic cathedral in Cologne was built especially for them. Thanks to this, the city began to quickly earn money from pilgrims.


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