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Zoroastrianism

The religion of Zoroastrianism has an estimated 1,300,000 followers or Zoroastrians. Zoroastrianism was founded by Zarathushtra, Zartosht or Zoroaster (Greek version of his name) circa 900 B.C. in Persia (currently, Iran and Iraq). Zoroaster is considered as a messenger of God or prophet. Zoroastrianism became the main religion of the great Persian empire in the Middle East circa 559 B.C. to 651 A.D.. Today, Zoroastrianism is only a minor religion in Iran (with Islam being the major religion), but there are small communities of Zoroastrians throughout the world.

Zoroastrianism is a monotheistic religion, believing in one God named Ahura Mazda (Wise Lord or Divine Wisdom). Many of its concepts including heaven, hell, judgement day, Saoshyant (Messiah or savior), are found in later Middle Eastern religions including Judaism and Christianity.

The foundation scriptures of the religion of Zoroastrianism is the Zend Avesta (a.k.a. Zend-E-Avesta or Avesta-E-Zend), which is composed of two books. Avesta is the original teaching, while Zend is commentary on the original teaching. Within the Avesta are seventeen hymns by Zoroaster called the Gathas, which are written in Avestan (similar to Sanskrit)

The symbol used in the religion of Zoroastrianism is the Faravahar (a.k.a. Farohar). Zoroaster had a miracle birth. His father was the supreme God (Ahura Mazda). His mother was a 15 year old maiden named Dughda, who radiated divine light from her body.


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