[zawr-oh-as-tree-uh-niz-uh m, zohr-]
- an Iranian religion, founded c600 b.c. by Zoroaster, the principal beliefs of which are in the existence of a supreme deity, Ahura Mazda, and in a cosmic struggle between a spirit of good, Spenta Mainyu, and a spirit of evil, Angra Mainyu.
Sometimes Zo·ro·as·trism [zawr-oh-as-triz-uh m, zohr-] /ˌzɔr oʊˈæs trɪz əm, ˌzoʊr-/.
Origin of Zoroastrianism
Also called Mazdaism.
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The first entry is “Abracadabra,” which at one time was an ancient code used by Egyptian priests, and ends with “Zoroastrianism.”The Craziest Religions
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It thus appears that Zoroastrianism was a reform of the old polytheism.Introduction to the History of Religions
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Besides, it is clear that Mohammedanism is an offshoot of Zoroastrianism and Christianity.Reincarnation
They are akin to the Rakshasas of India or the arch-demons of Zoroastrianism.
It was long the centre of Zoroastrianism, and was also an important Buddhist centre.
He was also greatly influenced by Platonism and Zoroastrianism.
- the dualistic religion founded by the Persian prophet Zoroaster in the late 7th or early 6th centuries bc and set forth in the sacred writings of the Zend-Avesta. It is based on the concept of a continuous struggle between Ormazd (or Ahura Mazda), the god of creation, light, and goodness, and his arch enemy, Ahriman, the spirit of evil and darkness, and it includes a highly developed ethical codeAlso called: Mazdaism
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Word Origin and History for zoroastrianism
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