THE ZOROASTRIAN FAITH
The Zoroastrian faith has historically been strongly opposed
to homosexual behavior. Zarathustra's writings, the Gathas, are silent on
homosexuality or bisexuality. They tend to give broad guidance on basic principles without
going heavily into commandments.
The Zoroastrian law book, The Vendidad (written circa 250 to 650 CE) contains
"laws against demons" which touch on homosexuality. These purity laws are
still followed by some conservative Zoroastrian communities. The Vendidad states:
"The man that lies with mankind as man lies with womankind, or as woman lies
with mankind, is the man that is a Daeva [demon]; this one is the man that is a worshipper
of the Daevas, that is a male paramour of the Daevas"
An ancient commentary on the Vendidad states:
"Four men can be put to death by any one without an order from the Dastur [high
priest]: the corpse-burner, the highwayman, the sodomite, and the criminal taken in the
One principle that might influence condemnation of homosexuality is the importance of
family life within the faith. Orthodox Zoroastrianism currently does not accept converts
from other religions; one must have a Zoroastrian mother and father in order to be
accepted into the faith. To preserve and expand the religion, homosexuals as well as
celibate persons would be pitied and pressured into marriage.
Many Zoroastrians in the Internet and media are promoting the suppression of
homosexuality within their community. Others, of a more liberal persuasion, are more
accepting of homosexuality.
The Vendidad, Fargard VIII, chapter 5, paragraph 32(102)