Zoroastrianism

Founded around 1000 BC by Zoroaster (aka: Zoroastra, Zarathrusta, Zarathrushtra), his philosophical and moral teachings – concerning the endless war between good and evil – are preserved in his Gathas, or ‘hymns’, written in Avestan, a sister language to Sanskrit. Zoroastrianism was once the faith of the Persian empire, but today it is the smallest major religion in the worl, its followers mainly living in northeastern India and Iran.

The Gathas

Zoroastrianism was founded around 1200 BC by Zoroaster (Zarathrusta), his philosophical and moral teachings – concerning the endless war between good and evil – are preserved in his Gathas, or ‘hymns’, written in Avestan, a sister language to Sanskrit. Zoroastrianism was once the faith of the Persian empire, but today it is the smallest major religion in the world, its followers mainly living in northeastern India and Iran.

Zoroastrian Text Archives

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