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Ahunwar: The Devil’s Long Nap



With an aesthetic that’s equal parts Vampire Chronicles and obscure dark fantasy anime Ahunwar: The Devil’s Long Nap is quite possibly the weirdest take on the Zoroastrian myth since the inception of Zoroastrianism itself. The critical differences being that Zoroastrianism is actually interesting and the antiquity of its mythic narrative means that some of its more unsavoury elements can be suffered with only a modicum of discomfort—not so with this strange play. In Ahunwar, the demoness Jeh rouses the demon Ahriman from a 3,000-year slumber in order to restore him to power and defeat their enemy, the god Ohrmazd. Were it not for a handful of huge problems, this play might’ve been interesting. As it is, overacting, an unclear plot with far too many loose ends, and an arguably non-consensual situation about two-thirds of the way through, converge to make this play a distasteful and melodramatic pile of nonsense. Zoroastrianism is a religion founded in ancient Persia, the prophet of which is Zoroaster—or Zarathustra, as he is called by Nietzsche. It is a monotheistic religion and its deity is Ahura Mazda, whose name is sometimes given as Ohrmazd. -Will Belton




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