Zarathushthra Spitama







Ezra Azra



 
Copyright 2022 by Ezra Azra


 
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To this day, nobody knows who set fire to Zarathushthra Hall on Sir Kurma Reddy Road one Friday night in January 1949, Clairwood, Durban, Natal, South Africa.

The Hall burned to the ground because, except for the corrugated iron (tin) roof, it was constructed of wood.

Its location on Sir Kurma Reddy road was halfway between Cherry Road and Richborough Road, both of which right-angle crossed Sir Kurma Reddy. Our home was at 20 Cherry Road, a few hundred steps from Zarathushthra Hall.

I was eleven years old, having lived all my life, so far, in Clairwood.

The fire had started late at night. It burned until the early hours of the next day, a Saturday. I remember it as Saturday because since there was no school on Saturdays, I was allowed to watch the fire from afar until past midnight.

Many, many years later when I was living in another country, I read that Zarathushthra Spitama, a priest at age seventy-seven, was murdered in a Zarathushthrian temple by a priest of a rival religion in Ancient Persia. It occurred to me that the burning down of the Hall in Clairwood in 1949, could have been, in a way, a repetition of history since, firstly, in Clairwood at the time there were four other religions. Secondly, in the years after the fire, one of those four religions acquired the site and built a private school on the premises.

Zarathushthra Spitama lived in Ancient Persia, over three-thousand years ago.
He founded the religion, Zarathushthrianism, which was the first monotheistic religion in the world; which became the principal religion of Ancient Persia for over a thousand years, before it was replaced by the fourth monotheistic religion in the world, Islam. For its first four-hundred-or-so years, the teachings of Zarathushthrianism were oral; nothing was written.

Zarathushthrianism was the first religion to teach a prophecy of a righteous Messiah, who would arrive sometime in the future, to end all evil throughout the world. The foretold Zarathushthrian Messiah was named The Saoshyant.

In Clairwood in 1949, Lady Aenaezhthra Meernythym remained among the spectators throughout the fire. She assured us all her Zarathushthrian staff were safe.

Lady Aenaezhthra was in charge of Zarathushthra Hall.

On the outside it was like any other hall. Inside it was breathtakingly beautiful. There were seat benches against the wall, each of polished wood, and carved out of a single block of wood. There was no other furniture. People sat on the benches and spoke quietly.

Lady Aenaezhthra and other Zarathushthrian staff would join in the quiet conversations. She was tall and slim. Her complexion was as white as sifted wheat flour. Her long gold-coloured hair was always in two thick plaits intertwined down her back. None of the Zarathushthrians wore make-up. Among the Zarathushthrian men and women, were representatives of the many South African ethnicities.

The wood walls of Zarathushthra Hall were carved into figures of working people. The carvings gave the feeling that the Hall was at capacity. The actual fact was, at any time there were less than a dozen people there. Most of the time most of the non-Zarathushthrian persons inside were hungry ragamuffin children like me.

On the benches there were cards that had Zarathushthrian proverbs printed on them. I paid as much attention to those proverbs as people pay to the fortune cookie proverbs in restaurants.

People were allowed to take the cards home. There was never a shortage of the cards in the Hall.

I took some cards, not for the proverbs, but to write numbers on the blank sides. The children at our Cherry Road home invented card games with the numbered cards.

At one end the Hall was a cafeteria section. We could buy large snacks for pennies and sit in chairs at tables, and eat. The Hall was open to the public, during the day. Most persons came to buy the inexpensive good food at the cafeteria, and take the food home.

Occasionally, I saw Zarathushthrian staff in the community, helping people on the roads and in their home yards.

I and other children were paid pennies to do work in the gardens on the Hall grounds. Most of my pennies were spent in the cafeteria in the Hall.
The Zarathushthrians were good and gentle people. Why was their Hall so sparsely attended? I don't know the answer. It never occurred to me to ask anyone. I was most comfortable where there were no crowds. I loved the quiet and open spaciousness of the Hall.

The burned-down Hall was not re-built. After we left Clairwood in 1950, I have not had an opportunity to speak with a Zarathushthrian.

I remember some of the proverbs, not because of the pragmatic wisdom they offer, but because, while we children made up and played our games with the proverb cards, we read the proverbs aloud to one another in mindless childlike fun.

Here are some of the proverbs I still have; 114.
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PROVERB 1.

Best of righteousness
Is living life

To be its
Righteous best;

This righteous best
Including killing
Life preventing life
From living life

To be its
Righteous best.
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PROVERB 2.

Worst of
evil is the
life against
the life
attempting life being
better.
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PROVERB 3.

No equality exists in
Nature.
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PROVERB 4.

Passion,
pleasant or unpleasant,
undermines clear
thinking.
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PROVERB 5.

Suicide is
wise if there's no
obligation
to another.
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PROVERB 6.

Need of body
always triumphs
over need of
spirit.
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PROVERB 7.

God as
metaphor for
what is best in
us, is best belief far
better than belief in
God as
living.
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PROVERB 8.

Sex-in-practice is
life being
foolish.
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PROVERB 9.

Dying's
life being
stupid.
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PROVERB 10.

Growing
old is life being
foolish.
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PROVERB 11.

Too much
is as hurtful
as too
little.
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PROVERB 12.

Trust the unknown
hesitantly.
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PROVERB 13.

Freedom
at its best is
absence of restriction
on the choice to act in
honour.
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PROVERB 14.

Choice between being
righteous or being
evil's
life being criminally
foolish.
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PROVERB 15.

Don't delude yourself that
you are quite incapable of
worst of evils.
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PROVERB 16.

Loss of right to live is when we lose the will to kill that which is evil.
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PROVERB 17.

Each of us is
two realities:
an inside, and
an outside;
inside might sometimes be
safely set aside,
the outside every
time ignored incurs
disaster.
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PROVERB 18.

Death is
proof we're wrong
forever.
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PROVERB 19.

Better
choice is not to
have a
baby.
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PROVERB 20.

Righteous deeds
that cause unhappiness
is life being
foolish.
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PROVERB 21.

Pain when
others righteously demur is
selfish ego.
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PROVERB 22.

That which makes us
similar is more important
than what makes us different.
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PROVERB 23.

Wrong is
equally a
natural option.
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PROVERB 24.

Speaking
lies is
not an evil
always.
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PROVERBS 25.

Fact and
truth are different
from each
other.
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PROVERBS 26.

Poetry and art are
different works of minds
creative.
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PROVERB 27.

Righteousness and evil
are our natural equal
options.
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PROVERB 28.

Some are there will
use your righteousness
against you.
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PROVERB 29.

Each of us when
in a crowd too readily allows the animal in us control us.
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PROVERB 30.

Sometimes,
being a liar's
safer.
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PROVERB 31.

Stay away from
gods as much as
they allow you.
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PROVERB 32.

Those who choose to
not bear children
are the best of
life because they
choose to end forever
in each life a countless
shames, indignities,
embarrassments, injustices,
and unfair illnesses
and injuries,
and countless times being
unsuspecting victims of
sheer evil.
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PROVERB 33.

Saddest good advice
to give is that a person
cease in doing good
because of evil
persons making
trouble through that goodness.
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PROVERB 34.

Excellence incurring
enemies is
life being foolish.
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PROVERB 35.

Non-involvement
must mean
total absence.
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PROVERB 36.

No almighty god has
always championed
goodness over evil.
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PROVERB 37.

Be your god almighty
as almighty
gods can be you
yet have never
guarantee of
triumph over evil.
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PROVERB 38.

Goodness
causing righteous
grief is life being
foolish.
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PROVERB 39.

Everyone of us
begins alone because
in aloneness is the best
of nature.
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PROVERB 40.

Ethnic
differences is
Nature being
foolish.
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PROVERB 41.

Sex
for other than
continuation
of humanity, is
Nature being
foolish.
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PROVERB 42.

Ethnic character
is never safe
criterion for merit.
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PROVERB 43.

Truth of time proves
ancestors are
best forgotten.
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PROVERB 44.

Proof we've been here
all eternity is
we are present.
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PROVERB 45.

Childless death is
Nature's way of
sparing life the countless
evil destinies each
life's predestined
in eternity to
suffer soon-or-later.
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PROVERB 46.

No creation
of our hands is
worth more than a
newborn healthy
baby.
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PROVERB 47.

Spirit entities who
claim they're gods; who
will not meet us
face-to-face in
brightest day, aren't
gods; just others
of the countless
petty evil
spirit entities
delight in spiteful
mischief 'gainst us.
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PROVERB 48.

Ethnic
nature's not exempt from
criminal behaviour.
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PROVERB 49.

None of us there
is will every
time select the
righteous option.
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PROVERB 50.

Honesty does
not abet unrighteous
action.
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PROVERB 51.

Love, as
every other
human worth, has
natural limits.
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PROVERB 52.

Righteousness
that knows
does not let righteousness
that does not know
be last to find out.
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PROVERB 53.

Fam'ly is not
safe from
fam'ly
evil.
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PROVERB 54.

Righteous friends will
find a righteous way to
stand by friends who
have become unrighteous.
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PROVERB 55.

Judgement
in the absence
of all facts is
judgement evil.
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PROVERB 56.

Fear to
tell a friend a
friend is wrong is
evil.
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PROVERB 57.

Righteous exploitation
often is a
righteous obligation.
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PROVERB 58.

Righteous compromise is
most times necessary.
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PROVERB 59.

Sex
is life
being foolish.
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PROVERB 60.

Circumcising children
is barbaric
evil.
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PROVERB 61.

Humbly helpless
asking to be helped is
wisdom at its
wisest highest.
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PROVERB 62.

Evil more than
righteousness
is this
reality's intention.
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PROVERB 63.

Ugliness is this
reality's intention
more than beauty.
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PROVERB 64.

Safer sometimes
being a liar
is the proof at
times a truth is
served by evil.
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PROVERB 65.

Proof there are no
gods whose sole intent is
righteous, is that
this reality is in
existence.
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PROVERB 66.

Life is
merely just another
one of countless
miracles like atoms,
protons,
and electrons,
and there others.
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PROVERB 67.

Ever and forever
do not cease sincerely
ask those questions
seem to
have no
answers.
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PROVERB 68.

Fatherhood: a
privilege by some
men turned
into evil.
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PROVERB 69.

Motherhood: a
gift quite wasted
on some woman.
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PROVERB 70.

Best of wishes
is the wish for
non-existence.
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PROVERB 71.

Righteousness and
Moral-Cowardice are
sibling twins
fraternal.
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PROVERB 72.

Evil's natural;
righteousness is never
natural.
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PROVERB 73.

Poetry's beginning
is in natural;
art is better more it's
artificial.
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PROVERB 74.

Every joy is
Nature's
subterfuge to
kindly help us
not remember
death awaits around the
corner.
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PROVERB 75.

Every sadness
is rehearsal
helps us cope that
death awaits around
the corner.
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PROVERB 76.

Fact is brought about
by natural laws;
a truth is made by
people.

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PROVERB 77.

Stress that's optional
is not destructive.
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PROVERB 78.

Death of babies
proves there is no
god who's goodness
is forever.

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PROVERB 79.

Righteousness that
causes harm is
life being
foolish.
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PROVERB 80.

Babies
dying's
life being
foolish.
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PROVERB 81.

People are in
two respects like
spirit things:
we can't avoid them
totally; but
must as much as
circumstances
let us.
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PROVERB 82.

Righteousness is
never guaranteed to
win a
fight against
th'unrighteous.
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PROVERB 83.

Righteous life being
not exempt from dying's
proof that
evil reigns in
this Dimension.
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PROVERB 84.

When the laws by
people fail reward of
justice,
vengeance is a
righteous
obligation.


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PROVERB 85.

Racial differences is
life being foolish.
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PROVERB 86.

Theft is
life being
criminally
foolish.
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PROVERB 87.

Greed is life being
foolish.
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PROVERB 88.

Spite is
life being
foolish.
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PROVERB 89.

Trust and
loyalty are
twins identical important
more than
loving.
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PROVERBS 90.

Often,
more important is a
stranger's meaning of your
action,
than the meaning
to yourself of
your own action.
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Proverb 91.

Speaking
truthfully to strangers
every time is
dangerously
childish.
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Proverb 92.

Celebrate forever
and alone
inside yourself your
righteous triumphs.
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Proverb 93.

Sadly,
family is
not exempt from
internecine
evils.
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Proverb 94.

Mercy
and forgiveness
are for only
deeds unknowingly
unrighteous.
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Proverb 95.

Life is
ever likely to be
fair as
unfair.
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Proverb 96.

Vengeful thoughts are
good against who
practise wrong on
purpose.
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Proverb 97.

Hate is just another
proof that sometimes
life is criminally
foolish.
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Proverb 98.

Racist deeds are
just another
proof that sometimes
life is criminally
foolish.
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Proverb 99.

Sex is
just another
proof that sometimes
life is criminally
foolish.
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Proverb 100.

No connection
links a higher
formal education
to a higher
wisdom.
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Proverb 101.

That which
happens once within a
universe that's
infinite is
guaranteed will
happen more forever.

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Proverb 102.

Fact is
more important
than is truth in
daily living.
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Proverb 103.

Trusting
comes with
dangers;
know the
dangers.
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Proverb 104.

Some successes
grow the ego
into evil.
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Proverb 105.

In the end there
is no end, and
no beginning.
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Proverb 106.

Moving
quickly
is arch enemy to
ageing persons.
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Proverb 107.

Hate
derails
intelligent
behaviour.
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Proverb 108.

Anger
makes impossible
intelligent
behaviour.
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Proverb 109.

Worship none; but
be respectful
to all gods: the
righteous
and the
evil.
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Proverb 110.

Dying childless is
defeat eternally
of evil
that created
this reality to serve
its lust for evil.
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Proverb 111.

Life is
worst of
things since
life alone is source of
evil.
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Proverb 112.

Compromise and
Sacrifice
are each
one-third
of righteousness.
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Proverb 113.

Anger, hate
And spite
And lies
Are each a fourth of
Evil.
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Proverb 114.

Evil
more than
Righteousness
begins all
living.



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