Textual Sources for the Study of Zoroastrianism

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Mary Boyce
Barnes & Noble Books-Imports, 1984 - Religion - 166 pages
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Zoroastrianism is the least well know yet one of the most important and fascinating of the world religions. Deriving from very ancient sources, in its rich traditions and worship Zoroastrianism has preserved many immensely archaic forms, dating back to a period earlier, even, than its own founding. Although the number of present-day adherents has shrunk to relatively small dimensions, in its time this faith exerted a profound influence on the development of Western religion. Including selections from original texts, historical detail, as well as thoughtful analysis, this work introduces the reader to Zoroastrian tradition, doctrines, and writings and traces their development down to modern times.

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Tradition and doctrine
27
Worship prayer and confession
53
Rules and observances
61
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Mary Boyce is Emeritus Professor of Iranian Studies at the University of London. John R. Hinnells is professor of comparative religion in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He is the author of "Handbook of Living Religions" and editor of the "Penguin Dictionary of Religions,"

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