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Zoroastrianism

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun General usage: Religion and philosophy based on the teachings ascribed to the prophet Zoroaster.
  • proper noun Scholastic usage: identifies the religion as it exists today, as distinguished from earlier forms of the religion. (see Related terms, below).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun 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

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  • 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).

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  • Mithras first appeared as an angel (more or less) in Zoroastrianism, where he was a protector of truth and divinity of light.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • The religious system of the Persians, as taught in the Zendavesta, is known as Zoroastrianism, from Zoroaster, its founder.

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  • The term Magi is a title for the priestly caste of Zoroastrianism, which is quite possibly the oldest of the creedal religions.

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  • The term Magi is a title for the priestly caste of Zoroastrianism, which is quite possibly the oldest of the creedal religions.

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  • The term Magi is a title for the priestly caste of Zoroastrianism, which is quite possibly the oldest of the creedal religions.

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