From old Persian language, a priest of Zarathustra (Zoroaster). The Bible gives us
the direction, East and
the legend states that the wise men were from Persia (Iran) - Balthasar, Melchior,
Caspar - thus being
priests of Zarathustra religion, the mages. Obviously the pilgrimage had some religious
these men, otherwise they would not have taken the trouble and risk of travelling so far.
But what was it? An astrological phenomenon, the Star?