Spirit of Zoroastrianism

ISBN-10: 0300170351

ISBN-13: 9780300170351

Edition: 2011

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Description: Zoroastrianism is one of the world's oldest religions, though it is not among the best understood. Originating with Iranian tribes living in Central Asia in the second millennium BCE, Zoroastrianism was the official religion of the Iranian empires until Islam superseded it in the seventh century AD. Centered on the worship of Ahura Mazda, the All-knowing Ruler, Zoroastrianism follows the practices and rituals set out by the prophet Zarathustra, according to the indigenous tradition. As one of the world's great religions, Zoroastrianism has a heritage rich in texts and cultic practices. The texts are often markedly difficult to translate, but in this volume, Prods Oktor Skjarvo, professor of ancient Iranian languages and culture at Harvard, provides modern and accurate translations of Zoroastrian texts that have been selected to provide an overview of Zoroastrian beliefs and practices. In a comprehensive introduction to these sacred texts, Skjarvo outlines the history and essence of Zoroastrianism and discusses the major themes of this the first fully representative selection of Zoroastrian texts to be made available in English for over a century.

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Book details

List price: $16.50
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 8.27" wide x 5.43" long x 0.96" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgements
Editorial note
Introduction
Zoroastrian Literature
Background
The Avesta and other Zoroastrian literature
Creation and the Divine World
Cosmic contrasts and the two Spirits
Order and chaos
Creation
Gods
Demons
The creation of living beings
Mythical History and the Zarathustra Myth
Hero-sacrificers of the first ages
Eschatology and the End of the World
Body and Soul
Death, Rewards, and Punishment
Ethics
Rituals
The Yasna, a ritual re-creation of the world
The Videvdad, a ritual purification of the world
Other rituals
On Kingship
Doctrinal Issues
Translations
Texts on the History of the Sacred Tradition
From the Pahlavi texts
Texts on Creation and the Divine World
From the Old Persian inscriptions
From the Old Avesta
From the Young Avesta
From the Pahlavi texts
Texts on Mythical History
Hero-sacrificers of the first ages in the Young Avesta
Hero-sacrificers of the first ages in the Pahlavi texts
Zarathustra and the Gathic characters in the Gathas
Zarathustra and the Gathic characters in the Young Avesta
Zarathustra in the Pahlavi texts
Texts on Eschatology and the End of the World
On the actors of the final battles
On the evils that are befalling and will befall Iran
On the resurrection and the Final Body
Texts on Body and Soul
From the Young Avesta
From the Old Persian inscriptions
From the Pahlavi texts
Texts on Death, Rewards, and Punishment
From the Young Avesta
From the Old Persian inscriptions
From the Middle Persian inscriptions
From the Pahlavi texts
Texts on Ethics
From the Young Avesta
From the Old Persian inscriptions
From the Pahlavi texts
Ritual Texts
From the Old Avesta
From the Young Avesta
From the Pahlavi texts
From the Avesta and Zand
Texts on Kingship
From the Old Persian inscriptions
From the Middle Persian inscriptions
From the Pahlavi texts
Texts on Doctrinal Issues
Diverging practices in the Yasna
On right practices and foreign worship
From the Pahlavi books
Select bibliography
List of texts translated
Glossarial index
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