A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. ~ William Shakespeare
In Christian mythology the 3 kings or 3 wise men were thought to have come from the east (probably Iran) and were most likely Zoroastrians. Zoroastrianism is one of the oldest religions and was very powerful when the Bible was written, in fact it influenced Judaism, Christianity and Islam with themes such as messiahs, Heaven, Hell, free will and treating others as you'd want to be treated.
Zoroastrian populations survive in India and even in Australia and North America. A form of Zoroastrianism known as Yazdânism is practiced by the Kurds. Zoroastrianism was practiced 600 BCE to 650 CE, named after the prophet Zoroaster and was only suppressed by the rise of Islam when the Muslims conquered Persia.
Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds are the basic tenets of Zoroastrianism.
As a part of their religion Zoroastrian priests studied astrology which is probably why a star is mentioned in the nativity myth.... there was no comet or bright star in the sky at that time.
The 3 priests of the world's most powerful religion traveling hundreds of miles west to worship the king of the Jews was no doubt a method to give validation to this new religion thus making it more likely for Zoroastrians to convert to Christianity.
Some believe Jesus to have been born in the sign of Scorpio but since Scorpios are utter cunts that has been dismissed.
He just missed being a Sagittarius which would explain his procrastination at not returning to Earth.
Jesus was a Capricorn .... a goat. A Capricorn's wish is to be admired by their family and friends and the world at large.
They are resilient, patient and ambitious and are goal achievers, whilst being reliable and sympathetic too.
The horoscope from the Bethlehem Herold on that day said. 'do not take rejection personally, things will work out in the end, expect a visit from far away and be ready to make new friends. Your lucky numbers are 3, 5 and 13 your unlucky symbol is a cross.'
Well that was some serious distance for 3 blokes to travel back then. According to Matthew the wise men (didn't say how many) arrived at the Christ house (they must have settled there) long after Jesus had been born as Matt says that Jesus was a young child.
Herod was not happy that the wise men had not touted on where Jesus was and sent out an order that male children (fucken sexist Bible) aged 2 and under be put to death.
A pretty wide age range there so he didn't expect Jesus to be any older than 2 years old when the wise men had visited him. But still, gold, frankincense, and myrrh .... hardly age appropriate gifts, even a not so wise man would have thought of bringing a tickle me Moses.
Frankincense was a perfume used in Jewish worship, Gold is always nice to have and Myrrh was a perfume that was put on dead bodies to make them smell nice ... um yeah, moving on.
Did I just spoil yer Christmas myth of a manger and 3 dirty Persians with gifts? It's all in the Bible yet this is the story we get from it, because giving gifts makes money, blame the Americans of the 1800's for yer end of year debt, in Europe we used to go round the doors demanding hand outs from the gentry.