By Mike Gleason
Divine Comedy of Neophyte Corax and Goddess Morrigan, by Payam Nabarz
Web of Wyrd, 9780955685804, 64 pp., 2008
This is a strange little play, or series of plays, with a unique view of the Wheel of the Year. In a truly ecumenical spirit the protagonist is a Mithraic neophyte, the Goddess is Celtic, and the supporting cast is drawn from the animal world and the worlds of mythology in all its varied aspects.
I have attended a number of mystery plays (in the religious sense) over the years. I have read others. This comedic offering, by a Persian-born member of the OBOD and the Pagan Federation is, without doubt, the most entertaining. It does not skimp on symbolism, nor on knowledge revealed.
It is easy to read, and thoroughly enjoyable on multiple levels. You don’t need extensive knowledge of the associated mythologies (a sign of an effective mystery play). Whatever you are looking for, you are sure to find it (and more), much as Corax discovers during his journey through the year.
This is profundity disguised as absurdity. It is funny and enjoyable. It is lightweight with serious underpinnings. In other words, it is a good value. Pick up a copy and enjoy it.