from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The religious system founded by Zoroaster and set forth in the Avesta, teaching the worship of Ahura Mazda in the context of a universal struggle between the forces of light and of darkness.
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- proper n. General usage: Religion and philosophy based on the teachings ascribed to the prophet Zoroaster.
- proper n. Scholastic usage: identifies the religion as it exists today, as distinguished from earlier forms of the religion. (see Related terms, below).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The religious system of Zoroaster, the legislator and prophet of the ancient Persians, which was the national faith of Persia; mazdeism. The system presupposes a good spirit (Ormuzd) and an opposing evil spirit (Ahriman). Cf. Fire worship, under fire, and parsee.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The system of religious doctrine taught by Zoroaster and his followers in the Avesta; the religion prevalent in Persia till its overthrow by the Mohammedans in the seventh century, and still held by the Guebers and Parsees, and commonly, though incorrectly, called fire-worship.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)
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↑ The term Zoroastrianism was first attested by the Oxford English Dictionary in 1874 in Archibald Sayce's Principles of Comparative Philology
Zoroastrianism is the oldest existent monotheistic religion in the world, and is regarded as a prototype for the three largest mainstream monotheistic religions today (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam).
Zoroastrianism is in fact the role model for all the later, younger Magian religions that came after it and were influenced by it: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam included.
Mithras first appeared as an angel (more or less) in Zoroastrianism, where he was a protector of truth and divinity of light.
Hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes and sicknesses, which humans believe to be Nature's wrath or a manifestation of Evil, or punishment for Man's misdeeds, are in Zoroastrianism ethically neutral.
The religious system of the Persians, as taught in the Zendavesta, is known as Zoroastrianism, from Zoroaster, its founder.
The term Magi is a title for the priestly caste of Zoroastrianism, which is quite possibly the oldest of the creedal religions.
So they took aspects of other religions, such as Zoroastrianism, and changed a few things.
In sense (1) it designates religions such as Zoroastrianism of the later Avesta and of the Pahlavi books; in sense (2) dualism applies to philosophies such as Cartesianism.
Although some speak of Zoroastrianism as dualistic, Ahura Mazda is more powerful than Ahriman and will defeat him in the fullness of time.
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