Zoroastrianism Essay

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| Zoroastrianism | | | | | Zoroastrianism has been described as the oldest religion in the world. It was founded by the prophet Zoroaster in the 6th century BC and is the pre-Islamic religion of Persia or modern Iran. The name Zoroaster is Greek. At the age of thirty, Zoroaster had a divine vision while bathing in a river. He saw a ‘shining being’ made of light. It was Vohu Manuh and he led Zoroaster to God. This was the first time he saw Ahura Mazda. Zoroastrians believe that Zoraster is the prophet of God and that his teachings can lead man to God by following the path of truth and righteousness. He is known as Zarathusti in Persian. Zoroaster believed there was one god to worship. This was not readily accepted and the local religious authorities opposed his ideas. They felt threatened because Zoroaster. Many ordinary people did not like Zoroaster's diminishing of evil spirits. Zoroaster rejected the religion of the Bronze Age Iranians that included many gods. The Bronze Age Iranians also had an oppressive class structure where princes and priests controlled ordinary people. Zoroaster was a priest and had a wife and children. He was against animal sacrifices and the use of a specific plant for rituals. Zoroaster's ideas were not readily accepted and religious authorities felt threatened. At first he only had one convert who was his cousin Maidhyoimanha. Eventually, Zoroaster left his home to find somewhere more open to new ideas. He then went to the country of King Vishtaspa (in Bactria). They accepted Zoroaster's ideas and made them the official religion of their kingdom. Zoroastrianism has influenced other religions such as Judaism and Islam. "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." Zoroastrianism contains both

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