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The Spirit Of Zoroastrianism

Author : Prods Oktor Skjærvø
ISBN : 9780300170351
Genre : Religion
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Zoroastrianism is one of the world's oldest religions, though it is not among the best understood. Originating with Iranian tribes living in Central Asia in the second millennium BCE, Zoroastrianism was the official religion of the Iranian empires until Islam superseded it in the seventh century AD. Centered on the worship of Ahura Mazda, the All-knowing Ruler, Zoroastrianism follows the practices and rituals set out by the prophet Zarathustra, according to the indigenous tradition. As one of the world's great religions, Zoroastrianism has a heritage rich in texts and cultic practices. The texts are often markedly difficult to translate, but in this volume, Prods Oktor Skjærvø, professor of ancient Iranian languages and culture at Harvard, provides modern and accurate translations of Zoroastrian texts that have been selected to provide an overview of Zoroastrian beliefs and practices. In a comprehensive introduction to these sacred texts, Skjærvø outlines the history and essence of Zoroastrianism and discusses the major themes of this the first fully representative selection of Zoroastrian texts to be made available in English for over a century.


Author : Mary Boyce
ISBN : 0415239028
Genre : Religion
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"This book, now re-issued with a new introduction by Mary Boyce, is the first attempt to trace the continuous history of the faith from the time it was preached by Zoroaster down to the present day - a span of about 3,500 years. First taught on the Inner Asian steppes, Zoroastrianism became the state religion of the three great Iranian empires and, as such, had a remarkable influence on other world faiths: to the east on northern Buddhism; to the west on Judaism, Christianity and Islam. With the conquest of Iran by the Muslim Arabs, Zoroastrianism lost its secular power, but survives as a minority faith, and one of the oldest living religions."--BOOK JACKET.

On The Avesta; Or The Sacred Scriptures Of The Zoroastrian Religion From The Journal Of The American Oriental Society Vol V 1856

Author : William Dwight WHITNEY (Philologist.)
ISBN : BL:A0018831874
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The Zoroastrian Faith

Author : S. A. Nigosian
ISBN : 077351144X
Genre : Religion
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Zoroastrian history, teachings, scriptures etc.

The Evangelical Dictionary Of World Religions

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ISBN : 9781493415908
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With all of the different religions, sects, denominations, and belief systems out there, it can be difficult to separate the facts from mere opinion, especially if one is relying solely on online sources which may or may not be vetted and which often have an ideological or political slant to them. How can we truly understand if we cannot even be sure we are getting the facts straight? In this comprehensive resource, more than 75 evangelical scholars offer a thoroughly researched guide to Christianity, other world religions, and alternative religious views, including entries on movements, theological terms, and major historical figures. Perfect for pastors, students, and anyone who wants ready access to information on today's religious landscape.


Author : Paula Hartz
ISBN : 9781438117805
Genre : Zoroastrianism
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Zoroastrianism, the smallest of the worlds great religions, is also one of the oldest. Founded more than 3,000 years ago by the prophet Zarathustra, it flourished in ancient Persia during the time of the Persian Empire. Scholars have long acknowledged the contributions of Zoroastrianism to other faiths, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. Concepts such as the notion of one God, heaven and hell, the dualism of good and evil, a savior to come, and everlasting life can trace their roots to the religion of Zarathustra. "Zoroastrianism, Third Edition" traces the history and beliefs of Zoroastrianism and its followers determination through centuries of persecution and hardship into the present day. The Iranian and Indian Zoroastrian communities in which the religion has thrived without missionary efforts or vast numbers of believers is also explored.

Spirit Of The Totem

Author : Irena Maryniak
ISBN : 0901286613
Genre : Myth in literature
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The book presents an original, interdisciplinary analysis of religious and mythological perspectives in fiction published in the Soviet Union between the mid-1960s and the mid-1980s. In doing so, it points to ways in which anthropological theory can be used as a framework for literary criticism. It also shows how, in the two decades before perestroika, religion and mythology served as alternative models for the intellectual and political reorientation of Soviet society. Selected works are explored with reference to a formative debate in anthropological studies on the nature and development of religion, based on Edward B. Tylor's theory of 'animism' and Emile Durkheim's theory of 'totemism'. It is shown how the animist/totemist dichotomy highlighted by the controversy is reflected in Russian religious thought before 1917 and, particularly, in the literature of the Soviet era. Within the framework of this debate, a selection of novels is discussed in the light of a range of mythological and religious systems. Attention is drawn to the connection between Valentin Rasputin's religious vision and traditional Siberian beliefs, particularly those of the Buryat. The Georgian novel Data Tutashkia, by Chabua Amiredzhibi, is analysed with reference to Zoroastrian thought. Daniil Granin 's Kartina ('The Picture') serves as an example of a work where, in accordance with Tylor's theory, notions of art and beauty take on an animist quality. It is argued that early fiction by Chingiz Aitmatov reveals a tension between animist perceptions and the totemic understanding of religion, and mirrors aspects of pre-Islamic, Central Asian religious tradition. The writing of Vladimir Tendriakov offers an example of a vision divided between an awareness of Christian dilemmas and loyalty to Marxist-Leninist sociological models. The study also shows how Durkheim's theory of religion as an expression of a group's awareness of its identity can be related to ideas put forward by Russian nationalist writers: Iurii Bondarev, Sergei Alekseev and Vasilii Belov. It suggests that examples of fiction by Petr Proskurin, and later works by Chingiz Aitmatov and Vladimir Tendriakov, indicate revived interest in the God-building theory of Maksim Gor'kii and Anatolii Lunacharskii. In conclusion, the book argues that subtextual religious and mythological narratives in Soviet fiction published in the years between the fall of Khrushchev and the Millenium of Christianity in Rus', provided a model for new literary discourse under perestroika and for subsequent political transformations.

The Teachings Of Zoroaster

Author : S. A. Kapadia
ISBN : 9781613102886
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Theosophy Religion And Occult Science

Author : Henry Steel Olcott
ISBN : 9781108072649
Genre : Political Science
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A foundational text of the theosophical movement and an indispensable source for research into nineteenth-century spiritualism and occult philosophy.

Zoroastrian Rituals In Context

Author : Michael Stausberg
ISBN : 9004131310
Genre : Religion
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Rituals play a prominent role in Zoroastrianism, one of the oldest religious traditions of mankind. In this book, scholars from a broad range of disciplines make the first ever collective effort to discuss Zoroastrian rituals in different historical contexts and geographical settings.

From Zoroastrian Iran To Islam

Author : Shaul Shaked
ISBN : UOM:39015034997778
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This work deals with aspects of Zoroastrianism in Iran during the Sasanian period, including the important distinction made between notions of menog and getig, or the spiritual and material modes of existence, and the idea that Ahreman, the Evil Spirit, does not belong in the material world.

Textual Sources For The Study Of Zoroastrianism

Author : Mary Boyce
ISBN : 0226069303
Genre : Religion
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"Boyce is a, perhaps the, world authority on Zoroastrianism. . . . Prefaced by a 27-page introduction, this anthology contains selections which offer a complete picture of Zoroastrian belief, worship and practice. There are historical texts from the sixth century B.C. onwards, and extracts from modern Zoroastrian writings representing traditionalism, occultism and reformist opinion. Anyone wishing to know more about this 'least well known of the world religions' should sample these selections."—The Methodist Church "Wide-ranging. . . . An indispensable one-volume collection of primary materials."—William R. Darrow, Religious Studies Review

Religions Culture And Healthcare

Author : Susan Hollins
ISBN : 1857757556
Genre : Medical
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Established as the first guide to stress written specifically by GPs for GPs this new edition has been completely revised and up-dated. The first edition was published privately and its success created a demand for it to be more widely available. With contributions from a range of eminent GPs this book has a personal and reflective approach that gives practical and 'tried and tested' advice for busy practitioners. It explores the causes of stress with case histories and details of specific problems that relate to the increasing pressures put on primary care teams. Illustrated throughout with cartoons by Martin Davies the book is easy to read from cover to cover and can be dipped into and used for reference as required.

Faith Philosophy Of Zoroastrianism

Author : Meena Iyer
ISBN : 8178357240
Genre : Zoroastrian philosophy
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Preface 1. Zoroastrianism: An Introduction 2. History 3. Philosophy 4. Concept of God 5. Main Figures 6. Scriptures 7. Teachings 8. Moral Value System 9. Movements 10. Reformers 11. Major Sects 12. Demographic Propagation 13. Socio-Political Influence 14. Religious Rituals and Traditions 15. Society 16. Festivals 17. Religious Places 18. Art and Iconograpby 19. Zoroastrianism in Modern World BibliographyIndex.

A Brief Sketch Of The Zoroastrian Religion And Customs

Author : Ervad Sheriarji Dadabhai Bharucha
ISBN : UOM:39015014538246
Genre : Zoroastrianism
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Historia Religionum Volume 2 Religions Of The Present

Author : G. Widengren
ISBN : 9004025987
Genre : Religion
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Spirits In Transcultural Skies

Author : Niels Gutschow
ISBN : 9783319116327
Genre : Social Science
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The volume investigates the visualization of both ritual and decorative aspects of auspiciousness and protection in the form of celestial characters in art and architecture. In doing so, it covers more than two and a half millennia and a broad geographical area, documenting a practice found in nearly every corner of the world. Its transcultural approach aims at gaining insights into cultural dynamics and consistent networks and defining new historical mindmaps; it examines reciprocal effects and aspects of interwovenness in art and architecture with a view to reconceptualizing their established realms. The collection opens a window on a phenomenon in the history of art and architecture that has never before been considered from this perspective. The book focuses on a transcultural iconography of aerial spirits, goddesses and gods in art history, pursuing a methodologically innovative approach in order to redefine and develop the practice of identification and classification of motifs as a means to understanding meaning, and attempting to challenge the categories defined by academic disciplines.

Religion And The Body

Author : Sarah Coakley
ISBN : 0521783860
Genre : Religion
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A rich source for comparative studies of the 'body', and of its relation to society.

A Guide To The Zoroastrian Religion

Author : Erachji Sohrabji Dastur Meherjirana
ISBN : UOM:39015010343047
Genre : Religion
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The Religion Of Zarathushtra

Author : Irach J. S. Taraporewala
ISBN : 9780875730929
Genre : Philosophy
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The Religion of Zarathushtra is at the same time one of the simplest and yet most profound introductions to Zoroastrianism, the once glorious but now nearly forgotten religion of the Magi. The author grew up in the small community of Zoroastrians still surviving in India, and had a deep and abiding love for his religion. He was a man of liberal outlook and wide learning, with a full mastery of the ancient languages. He became one of the greatest scholars of Zoroastrianism in our time. The rare combination of a true believer and a profound scholar gives this book simple beauty and great depth.

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