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- n. Zoroastrianism.
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- proper n. The Zoroastrian religion.
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- n. system of religion founded in Persia in the 6th century BC by Zoroaster; set forth in the Zend-Avesta; based on concept of struggle between light (good) and dark (evil)
Also known as Mazdaism, the Zoroastrian religion was that of the ancient Magi or fire-worshippers of Persia, mentioned in
Zoroastrianism and Mazdaism, the historical religions of Persia, shrank into small minority faiths.
The truth according to Zaradeshti, Zoroastrianism, or Mazdaism the most ancient living monotheistic religion that caution you to proceed gently and step by step in search of the truth, then ignorance will lift
Under their influence, especially under that of Mazdaism, which made the mythical steer the author of creation and of resurrection, the old savage practice assumed a more spiritual and more elevated meaning.
Thus the basis of the religion of the magi of Asia Minor was Mazdaism, somewhat changed from that of the Avesta, and in certain respects holding closer to the primitive nature worship of the Aryans, but nevertheless a clearly characterized and distinctive Mazdaism, which was to remain the most solid foundation for the greatness of the mysteries of Mithra in the
Macedonian conquest, which placed the Greeks in direct relations with numerous votaries of Mazdaism, gave a new impetus to works treating that religion, and the great scientific movement inaugurated by Aristotle caused many scholars to look into the doctrines taught by the Persian subjects of the Seleucides.
The term "magician," ([Greek: magos]) which applied to all performers of miracles, properly means the priests of Mazdaism, and a well attested tradition makes the Persians  the authors of the real magic, that called "black magic" by the Middle
Mazdaism blended with Chaldeanism, that is to say, essentially a barbarian religion.
For even if Mazdaism was the highest expression of Persian genius and its influence in consequence mainly religious, yet it was not exclusively so.
Mazdaism is governed throughout by ideas of purity and impurity.
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