Zoroastrianism Essay

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Zoroastrianism
Zoroastrianism is one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world today. Its adherents number 250,000, but thousands of years ago it was the state religion of the mighty Persian Empire and one of the most powerful religions in the world. In this paper I will tell you about the history of Zoroastrianism and its founder, Zoroaster, also known as Zarathushtra. I will discuss their scripture, doctrines, and end by examining in detail the commonalities in both doctrine and legend which will illustrate the influence that Zoroastrianism has had on more modern monotheistic religions.
Zarathushtra
Zarathushtra was the founder of Zoroastrianism. There is some mystery around who he was and when lived, but he is generally
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To Pouruchista, scion of the clans of Haechataspa and Spitama,
Youngest of the daughters of Zarathushtra,
Grant the constant aid of the Good Mind,
The strong support of Thy Truth,
That she may take counsel with enlightened understanding,
And with devotion act well as wisdom may direct! (Pouruchista:)
Verily have I, as a righteous one, chosen him,
And shall honor father and husband,
And be righteous to nobles and peasants.
For righteousness let our heritage be the radiance of the Good Mind,
May Mazda Ahura grant the blessing of the Good
Faith for all time! -Yasna 53:3-4
It should be noted that, of all the Zoroastrian scripture, only one quarter is from the original material. The remainder is only kept alive by oral tradition as it is delivered from Zoroastrian priests. (Oxford, 2000)

Zoroastrianism Doctrine
It is said that "If basic precepts of Zoroastrianism are to be distilled into a single maxim, the maxim is …Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds." (Wikipedia, 2006) The Doctrine of Zoroastrianism is one of dualism. Dualism is defined as "The term for a belief that there is an absolute distinction between light and darkness, good and evil, God and

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