Who were the Magi?

The word magi means “priests” in the Zoroastrian (zohr-oh-AST-ree-ehn) sacred language. It is the source of our word magic.

One of the world's oldest monotheistic, or single-god, religions, Zoroastrianism was founded in ancient Iran 3,500 years ago. The magi tracked the movements of stars and planets to make predictions and follow prophecies.