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  Zoroastrianism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nonetheless, it was during the Achaemenid period that Zoroastrianism gained momentum, and a number of the Zoroastrian texts (that today are part of the greater compendium of the Avesta) have been attributed to that period.
Environmentalism: Nature is central to the practice of Zoroastrianism and many important Zoroastrian annual festivals are in celebration of nature: new year on the first day of spring, the water festival in summer, the autumn festival at the end of the season, and the mid-winter fire festival.
Zoroastrian fire temples, as well as community centers (which are more common in the diaspora than temples, because of fire-consecration issues) are also found wherever Zoroastrian communities exist.
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 Zoroastrianism - MSN Encarta
Zoroastrianism, religion that arose from the teachings of the devotional poet Zoroaster, known as Zarathushtra to ancient Iranians, who is regarded as the faith’s founding prophet.
Zoroastrians regard fire as a pure creation, and thus fire became the symbol of Zoroastrianism much as the cross is the symbol of Christianity.
Zoroastrians who continued to reside in Islamic Iran had to endure periodic persecutions and pay a special tax to Muslim authorities until 1854, when Zoroastrians from India convinced the Qajar dynasty of Iran to abolish the religious tax.
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 Zoroastrianism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Zoroastrianism (also sometimes known as Mazdaism) was founded by Zarathushtra (Zoroaster) in Persia around 600 BC (although some scholars estimate as early as 1500 BC).
Indeed a religious Zoroastrian must constantly be involved in a meticulous struggle against the contamination of death (which is associated with Ahriman) and of the many other causes of defilement, and against the threat - even in sleep - of demons.
Zoroastrians who immigrated to India from Persia beginning in the 10th century, are called Parsis (a reference to their Persian origin).
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 Zoroastrianism. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Zoroastrianism’s scriptures are the Avesta or the Zend Avesta [Pahlavi avesta=law, zend=commentary].
In its origins Zoroastrianism appears to have been the religious expression of the peaceful, sedentary communities of N Iran as opposed to the animistic polytheism of their enemies, the nomadic horsemen.
For four centuries Zoroastrianism was the state religion of the Sassanids, and it successfully met the challenge of nascent Christianity and, later, of heretical Manichaeism.
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 TEMPLE OF ZOROASTER   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The very significant eschatological aspect of Zoroastrianism is well demonstrated by the concept of Khshathra (Dominion), which is repeatedly accompanied by the adjective Desirable; it is a kingdom yet to come.
Later forms of Zoroastrianism teach a resurrection of the dead, a teaching for which some basis may be found in the Gathas.
Zoroastrian worship is most distinctively characterized by tendance of the temple fire.
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 Parsis, Zoroastrianism, Zoroaster, Zend Avesta
The Zoroastrians were scattered, and today there are left 115,000 around Bombay, in India, and 7,000 in the United States.
Zoroastrianism was thus the first to teach clearly the doctrines of an individual judgment, Heaven and Hell, the future resurrection of the body, the general Last Judgment, and life everlasting for the reunited soul and body.
Zoroastrianism is "monotheistic", but with a "dualistic" System: Only one loving God, Ahura Mazda, the creator, who had 2 sons: One choose "Good", the other choose "Evil" (Angra Mainya, Ahriman), the destructive principle of greed, anger, and darkness (the Satan of Christianity)...
www.religion-cults.com /Eastern/Zoroastrianism/parsis.html   (397 words)

 Zoroastrianism - An Introduction, Courtesy of SeekersWay.org
The Zoroastrian religion has endured through the many conquests of Persia, and has had a profound influence upon the development of monotheistic ideology in world history.
The Zoroastrians gained strength again during the Parthian Dynasty (250 - 218 B.C.) and reached its height as a state religion during the rule of the Sassanid dynasty (226 - 641).
Early in the tenth century, a small group of Zoroastrians seeking freedom of worship left Iran and eventually settled in India, where they are known as Parsis.
www.seekersway.org /seekers_guide/zoroastrianism_2_r.htm   (335 words)

 Zoroastrianism,Zoroastrianism Festivals,Zoroastrianism in India
Zoroastrian theology had a great impact on Christianity, Judaism and other religions, particularly with beliefs about God and Satan, the soul, savior, resurrection, heaven and hell, final judgment, etc. Zoroastrianism is one of the oldest religions and may have been the monotheistic religion.
Zoroastrianism lay emphasis on equality of gender, equality of all humans, cleanliness of the environment, Hard work and charity, Condemnation of oppression toward human beings, condemnation of sacrifice of animals.
In Zoroastrianism, the symbol of fire and sun are considered to be "energy of the creator" which are both enduring, radiant, pure and life sustaining.
www.surfindia.com /festivals/zoroastrianism.html   (339 words)

 Zoroastrianism - ReligionFacts
The latter is the basis for Zoroastrian prayers and ceremonies for the departed.
Today's Zoroastrians (Parsis) practice an important coming of age ritual, in which all young Parsis must be initiated when they reach the age of seven (in India) or 10 (in Persia).
The festival to Mithra, or Mehragan, was traditionally an autumn one, as honoured as the spring feast of Noruz.
www.religionfacts.com /a-z-religion-index/zoroastrianism.htm   (1298 words)

 alt.religion.zoroastrianism FAQ
Zoroastrians believe that after life on earth, the human soul is judged by God as to whether it did more good or evil in its life.
Zoroastrian ideas of moral dualism, heaven and hell, sacred time, and angelic beings have influenced Judaism and Christianity, during long centuries of contact between these faiths in the Middle East.
Zoroastrians are mostly of Persian origin, though the recent breakup of the Soviet Union has revealed isolated groups of Central Asian and Armenian Zoroastrians as well.
www.faqs.org /faqs/zoroastrianism/FAQ   (963 words)

Zoroastrianism is a religion of absolute faith and unswerving devotion to Ahura Mazda.
Zoroastrianism teaches that the goal of life is to attain perfect eternal happiness through companionship with Ahura Mazda.
Zoroastrianism teaches that holiness is happiness, and that is the most precious gift of Ahura Mazda and that is the best offering to be presented to the Lord by the virtuous.
www.sivanandadlshq.org /religions/zoroastrianism.htm   (1270 words)

 Zoroastrianism and Avesta: Overview and FAQ
Zoroastrianism is a religion founded in ancient times by the prophet Zarathushtra, known to the Greeks as Zoroaster.
Zoroastrianism was the dominant world religion during the Persian empires (559 BC to 651 AC), and was thus the most powerful world religion at the time of Jesus.
Zoroastrians perform a short cleansing ritual (Padyab), and retie the kusti several times a day with another short ritual (Nirang-i Kusti) as a sign of their faith.
www.avesta.org /zfaq.html   (1757 words)

 Zoroastrianism - History for Kids!
These are some of the main beliefs of Zoroastrianism as the Persians practiced it.
Zoroastrianism was the main religion of the Persian kings for 200 years, until they were conquered by Alexander the Great in 330 BC.
So there were many Zoroastrians in the Sassanid Empire, and the faith even spread into India and all the way to China.
www.historyforkids.org /learn/westasia/religion/zoroastrianism.htm   (606 words)

Though Zoroastrianism was never, even in the thinking of its founder, as aggressively monotheistic as, for instance, Judaism or Islam, it does represent an original attempt at unifying under the worship of one supreme god a polytheistic religion comparable to those of the ancient Greeks, Latins, Indians, and other early peoples.
Zoroastrians, called Gabars by the Muslims, survived in Iran as a persecuted minority in small enclaves at Yazd and Kerman.
In practice, despite the doctrine of free choice, a Zoroastrian is so constantly involved in a meticulous struggle against the contamination of death and the thousand causes of defilement, and against the threat, even in his sleep, of ever-present demons, that he does not often believe that he is leading his life freely and morally.
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 The Zoroastrian Page
Arguably one of the oldest of the monotheistic faiths, Zoroastrianism is based on the teachings of the Prophet Zarathushtra.
Zoroastrianism was the dominant religion of the Persian Empires based on the scriptures, the Avestas, and dealing with devotion to Ahura Mazda, the one god.
Zoroastrianism is still practiced today, mainly in parts of Iran and India, but has followers around the world.
www.mideastinfo.com /Religion/zoroastrian.htm   (70 words)

Difficult questions involving Zoroastrians worldwide include the role of the priesthood, the inclusion of ritual in everyday life, and raising children in an increasingly secular world.
Traditional Zoroastrians believe that religion and ethnicity are inseparable; that one must be born into the faith, and that one must marry within the faith.
More liberal Zoroastrians believe that conversion is legitimate and should even be encouraged; they see it as a means of adjusting to the modern world, and believe that their message is intended for all humanity.
www.meta-religion.com /World_Religions/Zoroastrim/zoroastrism.htm   (2114 words)

Conservative Zoroastrians assign a date of 6000 BCE to the founding of the religion; other followers estimate 600 BCE.
Zoroastrianism became the state religion of various Persian empires, until the 7th Century CE.
The Zoroastrian community is sharply divided between those who would follow mostly (or exclusively) the teachings of the original Gathas, and those who believe that the later traditions are important and equally divinely inspired.
www.religioustolerance.org /zoroastr.htm   (965 words)

 Zoroastrianism by Annie Besant
A perfect practical purity is the key-note of that morality, purity in every action of the personal life, purity in every relation to external nature, honouring external elements as the manifestations of the divine purity, guarding, as it were, their spotless cleanliness as a homage to the Life wherefrom the whole proceeds.
Zoroastrianism knew nothing of that modern materialism which tries to place God at one pole of the universe and man and his world at the other, with a mighty gap of bare and empty space between them.
The Zoroastrian must keep the earth pure, must till it as a religious duty; he must perform all the functions of agriculture as a service to the Gods, for the earth is the pure creature of Ahura-Mazdão, to be guarded from all pollution.
www.theosophical.ca /Zoroastrianism.htm   (6772 words)

 Zoroastrianism - Hindu Customs in the Parsi Community in India
The Parthians were a native Iranian race and were Zoroastrians, but the intervening Greek rule had made a deep impact on them and the early Parthian emperors were culturally Hellenised.
Such gardens were typical of Zoroastrian Persian architecture in Persepolis (Capital of the Achaemenians) and Ctesiphon (Capital of the Sassanians).
As mentioned at the inception, the Zoroastrian religion and the Parsi Community have many common with the inhabitants of India and much of this similarity is due to the fact that deep in the past, the ancestors of these two peoples sprang from a common Indo-Aryan stock.
hindubooks.org /sudheer_birodkar/hindu_history/zoroastrianism.html   (2827 words)

Zoroastrianism, is the religion founded by Zoroaster, or Zarathustra, in Persia toward the end of the seventh century BCE.
By their insistence upon the orthodox form of dualistic Zoroastrianism and their persecution of heresies and even mildly heterodox cults, the Sasanians were responsible for the increasing formalization of the faith, for which the tending of the holy fires became one of the most highly prescribed rituals.
But whether it came to dominate Zoroastrianism or not, it is clear that Zurvanism was eliminated as a philosophy amongst the surviving members of the Zoroastrian community, after the conquest of Islam.
www.silk-road.com /artl/zoro.shtml   (1238 words)

 A Universal Religion - Zoroastrianism at zoroastrianism.cc/universal_religion.html
The religion known in the west as Zoroastrianism, and by its founder as the "Religion of Good Conscience", has laid claim to being the first Monotheist religion, the first Universal religion and the root of much of Jewish, Christian and Islamic doctrine and belief.
Zoroastrianism is thus the first truly ethical religion of mankind and teaches that mortals achieve their goal of god-likeness and spiritual completeness by fighting evil through good thoughts, words and deeds.
Zoroastrians by choice, new Initiates, seekers and those who are interested in learning about the original teachings of Zoroaster in the Gathas, are welcome.
www.zoroastrianism.cc /universal_religion.html   (673 words)

 Zoroastrianism the forgotten and lost source   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
My view is that Zoroastrianism (or something close to it) didn't directly get into Christianity except through Judaism and Gnosticism and is limited to end-times and apocalyptic ideas and the concept of the Devil.
Zoroastrian faithful would mark their foreheads with ash before approaching the sacred fire, a gesture that resembles the Ash Wednesday tradition.
Zoroastrianism also has a eucharistic ritual, the haoma ritual, in which the god Haoma was sacrificed (or rather, his presence in a plant).
www.sullivan-county.com /news/mine/zoroastianism.htm   (1870 words)

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