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Three Wise Men; Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, the Traditions of the Magi Christopher Bradley Tuesday 14 November 2017

The Adoration of the Magi was one of the most popular religious subjects for the great artists.  The term 'Magi' refers to the Zoroastrian priest-sages; anonymous wise men who specialised in medicine, religion and astronomy.  Christopher Bradley will present the historical facts and fiction behind the Three Wise Men and the symbolism of their gifts.  Tradition has placed the number of Magi at three, relating to gold, frankincense, and myrrh, with Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar becoming universal symbols and representations.


Christopher has travelled extensively in the ME, Asia and Africa, first as a civil engineer then as a professional tour guide, adventure tour leader, author, consultant and photographer.  He is an expert in the history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa and has written several guidebooks.  As a film producer and cameraman he has made documentaries for National Geographic TV, Channel 4 and the BBC.