Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Zoroastrianism: Resources

Studying Zoroastrianism, one of the world's oldest religions?

Here are several terrific resources. The first is an awesome three minute video overview. The second is a broadcast from NPR that concentrates on some of the common elements of Zoroastrianism and Christianity. And  the third is an NPR broadcast about Parsi funerals and their unusual method of disposal of their dead.

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.


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