Textual Sources for the Study of Zoroastrianism
Barnes & Noble Books-Imports, 1984 - Religion - 166 pages
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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acts Adar Yazad Ahriman Ahura Mazda Amahraspands Amesha Spentas ancient Ardvahisht Asha Avestan texts body Bombay Bundahishn called cattle century A.C. Chinvat Bridge created creation Creator Daevas darkness dasturs Denkard devs divine doctrine earth Evil Spirit existence faith fire temple fravahr fravashis Gathas Gathic Gayomard Haoma hell Heptad herbads Holy Spirit Hordad Iran Irani Iranian Khshathra Khusrow Khvarenah King of kings King Vishtasp land light living Lord Mazda Mainyu material world Mazda-worshippers Middle Persian mighty Mithra Mithra of wide Muslim nasks Navsari Ohrmazd Pahl Pahlavi Parsees Parsis praise prayers priests prophet Purpose Purushasp recited religious ritual sacrifice Saoshyant Sasanian Shabuhr soul Spendarmad Spitama Srosh Srosh and Adar teachings Thee things Thou thought Tishtrya tradition translation Truth Vahman Vahram Verses from Yasna victorious Viraz Vohu Manah wicked wide pastures words worship Yasht Yasna Yima Zand Zarathushtra Zardusht Zoroastrian Zurvan