Originally 1 of 6 tribes or castes into which, acc. to Herodotus (I 101), Medes were divided. Magi came into ascendancy 1st among Medes, later among Persians, by assuming priestly functions (a development similar to that of Brahmans in India; see Brahmanism): invested with functions of Zoroastrianism.* Wise men of Mt 2 probably were magi. See also Church Year, 2.
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