Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.
|Statement||Michael Stausberg ; translated by Margret Preisler-Weller ; with a postscript by Anders Hultgård.|
|LC Classifications||BL1572 .S7313 2008|
|The Physical Object|
|ISBN 10||9781845533199, 9781845533205|
|LC Control Number||2008029615|
Zarathustra and Zoroastrianism offers a compact, concise and accessible survey of Zoroastrianism. This tiny religious community traces its root to Zarathustra, a prophet who lived some 2,, years ago. Chapters address Zarathustra and the origins of Brand: Equinox Publishing. Zarathustra and Zoroastrianism offers a compact, concise and accessible survey of Zoroastrianism. This tiny religious community traces its root to Zarathustra, a . Zoroastrianism, the faith founded by the Iranian prophet Zarathustra, originated around BCE and is widely regarded as the world's first revealed religion. Although the number of its followers declined dramatically in the centuries after the 7th century Islamic conquest of Iran, Zoroastrians survive in . The chief sources of Zarathustra’s divinely revealed teachings (Avesta) and of commentaries on them (Zend) are found among the sacred books of a remnant of ancient Persians, the Parsis of India. These sacred books and others like them became known to western scholars only after their discovery by westerners in the eighteenth century and their subsequent translation into western languages.
Considering that Darius the Great, was affiliated with Zoroastrianism, in his petrographies is written that Zarathustra praised Ahura Mazda (God) as the creator of heaven and earth. Herodotus, the Greek historian also testifies that the Iranian religion at that time . The holy book of Zoroastrianism is the Zend-Avesta, and within that document are stories of Zoroaster's visions. They include clear references to other myths and tales told about other philosophers and teachers. Zoroaster's first vision was that he and his companions are walking on the journey and they come to a large body of water with no boat. "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." - Boyce, Zoroastrians, , p. The Zorastrian Holy Book is called the Avesta and it is a compilation of all Zoroastrian prayers, which were composed over several centuries, some dating back to more than years.
The ancient Greeks saw in Zoroastrianism the archetype of the dualistic view of the world and of human destiny. Zarathustra was supposed to have instructed Pythagoras in Babylon and to have inspired the Chaldean doctrines of astrology and magic. It is likely that Zoroastrianism influenced the development of Judaism and the birth of Christianity. Michael Stausberg is Professor of Religion at the University of Bergen and a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. His books in English include Religion and Tourism: Crossroads, Destinations, and Encounters (), Zarathustra and Zoroastrianism (), and as editor or co-editor Defining Magic (), The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study . Zoroaster: Life And Work Of The Forerunner in Persia edited by Abd-Ru-Shin, paperback, in like new condition. Very Good Condition ZOROASTRIANISM BOOKS! Nice lot of 2 ZOROASTRIANISM BOOKS includes. Get this from a library! Zarathustra and Zoroastrianism: a short introduction. [Michael Stausberg] -- "Zarathustra and Zoroastrianism offers a compact, concise and accessible survey of Zoroastrianism. This tiny religious community traces its roots to Zarathustra, a prophet who lived some 2,,