Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Zoroastrianism: Origins and Growth

Here's an excellent radio broadcast all about the religion, especially its early history and development.

In his  Australian radio show, Encounter, host David Routledge, reviews Zoroastrian history and then interviews a professor of Zoroastrianism and several other people including a practitioner, a priest, and a counselor and spiritual adviser who works  in the Zoroastrian tradition.

Zoroastrianism started in Iran and grew with the three great Iranian empires which included that of Cyrus the Great, but began to weaken after the invasion of Alexander the Great and the later development of Islam. Many Zoroastrians fled and migrated to India  where they became known as Parsis.

 The Prophet Zoroaster founded the religion and believed in a single god, Ahura Mazda. Today, many adherents call themselves Mazda-yasnians, or Mazda worshipers. What do Zoroastrians believe? Good thoughts, good words, good deeds. Those are the tenets by which Zoroastrians live. But the theology, says a young Zoroastrian priest in Sidney, Australia, deals with the fight between good and evil.  To hear more about Zoroastrian beliefs, move ahead in the show to 44 minutes.

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