This here is a playlist of mine in which I added youtube videos to it. Spiritual religious music of Bahá'i, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto Shikhism, Wiccan, and others. Ecspecially check out ones by Tammuz:
http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperSparte ... 43CCD427F7
The first link describes the Zoroastrian influence on Christianity and Jeudaism. The second on the duality of Zoroastrianism. The third consists of other Zoroastrian information and links.
Here are links for Manichaeism: Regarding Mani and "Seal of the Prophets," see the second link for the clear explaination of it being metaphorical.
http://www.ritmanlibrary.nl/c/p/pub/on_ ... /mani.html
http://www.cais-soas.com/CAIS/Religions ... _china.htm
A Buddhist shrine that was originally Manichean.
The Gospel of Thomas portrays Christ as more of an Asian sage in his teachings:
http://www.konkokyo.or.jp/eng/bri/histo ... index.html (click on the first picture to read the history).
Persian Television series on Manichaeism (there are English subtitles):
http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?pi= ... D72EC4D811