ETHiCAl. TEACHings. Modern Zoroastrians stress the ethical teachings of Zarathustra as his central legacy. For them rituals are not the very essence of Zoroastrianism; and certainly ...

Author: Paula Hartz

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438117805

Category: Zoroastrianism

Page: 145

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Zoroastrianism, the smallest of the worlds great religions, is also one of the oldest. Founded more than 3,000 years ago by the prophet Zarathustra, it flourished in ancient Persia during the time of the Persian Empire. Scholars have long acknowledged the contributions of Zoroastrianism to other faiths, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. Concepts such as the notion of one God, heaven and hell, the dualism of good and evil, a savior to come, and everlasting life can trace their roots to the religion of Zarathustra. "Zoroastrianism, Third Edition" traces the history and beliefs of Zoroastrianism and its followers determination through centuries of persecution and hardship into the present day. The Iranian and Indian Zoroastrian communities in which the religion has thrived without missionary efforts or vast numbers of believers is also explored.
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A History of Zoroastrianism

A History of Zoroastrianism

The quality of the workmanship is very fine , and in its details it has affinities with Babylonian sculpture of the period.57 Some have thought that it accords ill with the Zoroastrianism of Cyrus that the Persian king should adorn his ...

Author: Mary Boyce

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004065067


Page: 306

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ZOROASTRIANISM. The discovery of the key to the understanding of the Avesta, the Bible of the Parsis, is a romantic story. In the year 1754, a young Frenchman, Anquetil du Perron, saw a few pages of a manuscript in an unknown Oriental ...

Author: John Waterhouse

Publisher: Book Tree

ISBN: 9781585092819

Category: Medical

Page: 136

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This obscure and ancient religion is receiving more and more attention in modern times due to its claimed influence by scholars upon Christianity. This particular author, however, focuses upon the relationship between Zoroastrianism and Judaism, as he sets out to prove that Christianity did in fact receive influence from Zoroastrianism, but that it was transmitted through Judaism. This route of transmission allows the author to clearly show how Judaism itself was directly affected by Zoroastrainism during the Exilic Period, a time when these two faiths were existing in close proximity to one another. Chapters include Zoroaster Himself, The Mission and Ministry of the Prophet, The Scriptures of Zoroastrianism, Doctrine of God, Doctrine of Man, and Developments and Contacts.
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Textual Sources for the Study of Zoroastrianism

Textual Sources for the Study of Zoroastrianism

1.9.2 Zoroastrianism under alien rule Under Arabs and Muslim. c . 14001200 Kavi Vishtaspa ruling over a part of the ' Avestan ' people , on the steppes . c . 1200+ Iranian peoples moving south to conquer and settle in the land ...

Author: Mary Boyce

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226069303

Category: Religion

Page: 166

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"Boyce is a, perhaps the, world authority on Zoroastrianism. . . . Prefaced by a 27-page introduction, this anthology contains selections which offer a complete picture of Zoroastrian belief, worship and practice. There are historical texts from the sixth century B.C. onwards, and extracts from modern Zoroastrian writings representing traditionalism, occultism and reformist opinion. Anyone wishing to know more about this 'least well known of the world religions' should sample these selections."—The Methodist Church "Wide-ranging. . . . An indispensable one-volume collection of primary materials."—William R. Darrow, Religious Studies Review
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Most introductory texts to Zoroastrianism begin with a leading statement to the effect that it is one of the world's oldest religions, which it is. There is, however, no consensus as to the interpretation of the designation ...

Author: Jenny Rose

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780857735485

Category: Religion

Page: 328

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Zoroastrianism is one of the world's great ancient religions. In present-day Iran, significant communities of Zoroastrians (who take their name from the founder of the faith, the remarkable religious reformer Zoroaster) still practise the rituals and teach the moral precepts that once undergirded the officially state-sanctioned faith of the mighty Sasanian empire. Beyond Iran, the Zoroastrian disapora is significant especially in India, where the Gujarati-speaking community of emigrants from post-Sasanian Iran call themselves 'Parsis'. But there are also significant Zoroastrian communities to be found elsewhere, such as in the USA, Britain and Canada, where western cultural contexts have shaped the religion in intriguing ways and directions. This new, thorough and wide-ranging introduction will appeal to anyone interested in discovering more about the faith that bequeathed the contrasting words 'Magi' and 'magic', and whose adherents still live according to the code of 'Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds.' The central Zoroastrian concept that human beings are continually faced with a choice between the path of 'good' and 'evil', represented by the contrasting figures of Ahura Mazda and Ahriman, inspired thinkers as diverse as Voltaire, Mozart and Nietzsche. Jenny Rose shows why Zoroastrianism remains one of the world's most inspiring and perennially fascinating systems of ethics and belief. 'Jenny Rose's lively and engaging account comprises a very readable, well informed survey of Zoroastrianism and its history. The book is a pleasure to read throughout, and the author's writing style is markedly beautiful, placing her very much within Mary Boyce's literary tradition. Rose has read widely round the subject, engaging with important primary and secondary sources and rendering her thorough treatment of Zoroastrianism fully up-to-date. I particularly welcomed her valuable discussion of Zoroastrianism in Central Asia. All in all, the book is a fine example of considered synthesis and compression. This is a book one wants to read from beginning to end without putting it down. It will find a warm welcome from students of the subject and their teachers.' - Almut Hintze, Zartoshty Professor of Zoroastrianism, SOAS, University of London
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Living Zoroastrianism

Living Zoroastrianism

It was rather painful because for every hundred books one could find on New Age spirituality I could hardly find one book on Zoroastrianism, and some of the books I did find were boring and difficult to understand.

Author: Philip G. Kreyenbroek

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136119620

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

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This text describes the realities of modern Parsi religion through 30 interviews in which urban Parsis belonging to different social milieus and religious schools of thought discuss various aspects of their religious lives. Zoroastrianism, the faith founded by the Iranian prophet Zarathustra, originated around 1000BCE and is widely regarded as the world's first revealed religion. Although the number of its followers declined dramatically in the centuries after the 7th century Islamic conquest of Iran, Zoroastrians survive in Iran to the present day. The other major Zoroastrian community are the Parsis of India, descendants of Zoroastrians who fled Muslim dominion.
Categories: Social Science

Faith philosophy of Zoroastrianism

Faith   philosophy of Zoroastrianism

It is considered that Zoroastrianism first appeared as a religion during the sovereignty of Darius I in Persia . Zoroaster , as he was know by the Greeks , proposed this religion to Darius I and it was accepted .

Author: Meena Iyer

Publisher: Gyan Publishing House

ISBN: 8178357240

Category: Zoroastrian philosophy

Page: 370

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Preface 1. Zoroastrianism: An Introduction 2. History 3. Philosophy 4. Concept of God 5. Main Figures 6. Scriptures 7. Teachings 8. Moral Value System 9. Movements 10. Reformers 11. Major Sects 12. Demographic Propagation 13. Socio-Political Influence 14. Religious Rituals and Traditions 15. Society 16. Festivals 17. Religious Places 18. Art and Iconograpby 19. Zoroastrianism in Modern World BibliographyIndex.
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The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism

His books in English include ReligionandTourism: Crossroads, Destinations, andEncounters (2011) and Zarathustra and Zoroastrianism (2008), and he is the editor or co-editor of Defining Magic (2013), The Routledge Handbook of Research ...

Author: Michael Stausberg

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118786277

Category: Religion

Page: 704

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This is the first ever comprehensive English-language survey of Zoroastrianism, one of the oldest living religions Evenly divided into five thematic sections beginning with an introduction to Zoroaster/Zarathustra and concluding with the intersections of Zoroastrianism and other religions Reflects the global nature of Zoroastrian studies with contributions from 34 international authorities from 10 countries Presents Zoroastrianism as a cluster of dynamic historical and contextualized phenomena, reflecting the current trend to move away from textual essentialism in the study of religion
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Rationalism in Zoroastrianism

Rationalism in Zoroastrianism

I have taken the liberty to reproduce here some quotes from various scholars about Zarathushtra and Zoroastrianism as their perceptions which, I am sure, the reader will find interesting: 1. ”Zoroastrianism is the oldest of the revealed ...

Author: Kersee Kabraji

Publisher: Partridge Publishing

ISBN: 9781482850055

Category: Religion

Page: 72

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As a Strong believer in the moral value of all major religions and as an advocate of interfaith understanding and religious harmony, I congratulate Mr Kabraji on his effort. His Holiness Dalai Lama Zoroastrianism is the oldest of the revealed world-religions, and it has probably had more influence on mankind, directly and indirectly, than any other single faith. Mary Boyce, Zoroastrians: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices Zarathushtra was the greatest of all the pioneer prophets who showed the path of freedom to men, the freedom of moral choice, freedom from blind obedience to unmeaning injunctions freedom from multiplicity of shrines which draw our worship away from the single-minded chastity of devotion. Though surrounded by the believers in magical rites, he proclaimed in those dark days of unreason that Religion has its truth in its moral significance, not in external practices of imaginary value; that it is to upholdman in his life of good thoughts, good words and good deeds Rabindranath Tagore in the Religion of Man -Believe not what you hear; - believe not legends; - believe not gossip, - believe not what you are habituated to listening to since childhood; - believe not because it comes from the lips of the elders; - but apply it to your own study, examine it, ponder on it and believe only what your intelligence accepts. Gautama Buddha in Kalmo Satta (The same philosophy as Zarathushtra proclaimed nearly 600 to 800 years earlier?)
Categories: Religion