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Zoroastrianism: An ancient
religion founded by Zarathushtra

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Quotation:

bullet "Zoroastrianism is the oldest of the revealed world-religions, and it has probably had more influence on mankind, directly and indirectly, than any other single faith." Mary Boyce.

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Background:

The religion was founded by Zarathushtra in Persia, which is modern-day Iran. It may have been the world's first monotheistic faith. It was once the religion of the Persian empire, but has since been reduced in numbers to fewer than 200,000 today. With the exception of religious conservatives, most religious historians believe the the Jewish, Christian and Muslim beliefs concerning God and Satan, the soul, heaven and hell, the virgin birth of the savior, the slaughter of the innocents, resurrection, the final judgment, etc. were all derived from Zoroastrianism.

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet Introduction; membership, and future survival.

bullet Holy text, beliefs and practices.

bullet New Year's Day, fire, books, and information sources.

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Original posting: 1996
Latest update and review: 2012-JAN-25
Author: B.A. Robinson

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