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Parsondes. Juan Valera

Although virtue is loved and respected, it should not be believed that it is as vociferous and as frightening as that of certain censors of the day. If we had to write to their liking, if we had to take their rigidity as valid and not feigned, and if we had to adjust our writings to it, perhaps neither the Agonies of the Transit of Death, by Venegas, nor the Cries of Hell, by Father Boneta, would be edifying models to imitate.
Unfortunately, the rigidity is only apparent. Rigidity has no other result than to exasperate the spirits, making them doubt and mock, if only in dreams, the self-righteous hypocrisy that is now used.
See, if not, the dream that a friend of ours has had, and that we transfer
Here whole, if not for recreation, for the instruction of the readers. Our friend dreamed the following:
“More than two thousand six hundred years ago, I was in Susa a much-loved satrap of the great king Arteus, and the most rigid, grave and moral of all the satraps. The holy man Parsondes had been my teacher, and had communicated to me all that was communicable about the science and virtue of the first Zoroaster.
Seven years ago Parsondes, after enlightening the world with his doctrine, and forming several disciples worthy of him, had disappeared, without anyone seeing him again, either dead or alive. The good believers therefore took it for granted that Parsondes had ascended to the region of uncreated light, near Ahura-Mazda, where he shone almost as brightly as the Amschaspandes and the Izeds, and where he eclipsed his own feruer with beatific radiances.
There he was still active in the army of the luminous spirits against the prince of darkness, Ahrimanes, whose pride he had humiliated in this earthly life, and whose empire he contributed mightily to destroy in the afterlife, seeking the realization of the holy hope of the definitive triumph of good over evil.
The sectarians of the religion of Ahura-Mazda believed, therefore, with a clenched fist that Parsondes should be counted in the number of the twenty or thirty great prophets, precursors and continuators of Zoroaster until the consummation of the ages. Although in Susa and throughout the empire of the Medes, with the tributary kingdoms, there were men of various other religions and beliefs, all respected and almost deified Parsondes equally, although in different styles. Some said that he had found the arrow of Abaris and had gone through the air, mounted on it; others, that he had risen to the Empyrean on Solomon’s floating throne or in a chariot of fire; others, that the dragon Musaros, who in the most remote antiquity civilized the Assyrians, and who had the body of a fish, the head of a man and the legs of a woman, had taken him with him to his underwater palace, at the bottom of the Persian Gulf. In resolution, though in different ways, all agreed that Parsondes, the virtuous and the wise, was living with the gods. In the public squares of Susa his image was venerated, crowned with the head of a mitre with fifteen horns, because of the fifteen capital virtues that shone in him, and dressed the body in a talar garment full of other symbols even stranger in our days, although they were not then.

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