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Zoroastrianism a brief introduction

Also sprach Zarathustra

“Thus spake Zoroaster”



Zoroastrianism A Brief Introduction

Youtube video

Youtube video




  • Zoroaster – date unknown. Zoroastrianism first mentioned by Herodotus.

  • Achaemenid Empire: various groups such as Medes, Persians, Magi and others, unified under Cyrus c. 550, Greeks conquered in 330 BCE.

Zoroastrianism a brief introduction

  • Alexander, Seleucids, Parthians.

  • Sassanians 228-634 CE—adopted Zoroastrianism, built fire temples, persecuted Christians and probably Jews.

  • By 6th century, probably had spread along Silk Road all the way to China.

  • Sassanians capitulated fairly rapidly to the Arab conquest.

Zoroastrianism a brief introduction

  • Legend has it that Imam Hussein (son of Ali and grandson of Muhammad) married a Zoroastrian—a Sassanid princess—Shahrbanu—the mother of Ali Zain al-Abidin, the 4th Imam.

  • Zoroastrians were persecuted and humiliated under Islam. Continued to write—in Pahlavi script.

  • Migration in Middle Ages to Gujarat in India “Parsis”

  • Today: Iranian and South Asian Zoroastrians

Zoroastrianism a brief introduction

  • Ahura Mazda – universal and transcendent God

  • Ahriman or Angra Mainyu – evil diety – will be vanquished at the end of time.

  • Good thoughts, good words, good deeds—(Humata, Hukhta, Hvarshta)

  • these are needed to help Ahura Mazda overcome evil, and to keep evil and chaos from overtaking good and order.

Some beliefs

Some Beliefs

  • End of time: a savior figure, resurrection, return to life of souls of all the dead, ultimate vanquishing of evil.

  • Fire temples. Also have water and “Water of life” Nirang. http://tenets.zoroastrianism.com/nirang33.html

  • Tower of Silence

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31_OUYD-v1A&feature=related

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