Textual Sources for the Study of Zoroastrianism

ISBN-10: 0226069303

ISBN-13: 9780226069302

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"Boyce is a, perhaps the, world authority on Zoroastrianism. . . . Prefaced by a 27-page introduction, this anthology contains selections which offer a complete picture of Zoroastrian belief, worship and practice. There are historical texts from the sixth century B.C. onwards, and extracts from modern Zoroastrian writings representing traditionalism, occultism and reformist opinion. Anyone wishing to know more about this 'least well known of the world religions' should sample these selections."--The Methodist Church "Wide-ranging. . . . An indispensable one-volume collection of primary materials."--William R. Darrow, Religious Studies Review
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List price: $28.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

General introduction
The textual sources
The religious background to Zoroastrianism
Zarathushtra and his teachings
Some reasons for diversity in modern studies of Zoroastrianism
The ancient Iranian world picture
The seven holy days of obligation
The Zoroastrian calendar
The Zoroastrian 'world year'
Chronological background to the texts
Tradition and doctrine
Ancient materials from the Yashts
Verses from the Gathas
Passages from the Zand of lost Avestan texts
Worship, prayer and confession
Selections from Yasna Haptanhaiti
Passages from the yasna liturgy accompanying the preparation of the haoma offering
The four great prayers
The creed (Fravarane)
The kusti prayers
The Hamazor
The benediction, or prayer for health (tan-dorosti)
From a general confession, Patet i Khwad
Rules and observances
The cult of fire
Concerning human 'nasa' and the proper disposal of the dead
On 'taking the baj'
The life and legend of Zarathustra
Passages from Younger Avestan texts
Passages from the Zand of lost Avestan texts
Kavi Vishtaspa and the early wars of the faith
The fate of the soul at death, and a vision of heaven and hell
The fate of the soul, from Younger Avestan texts
The fate of the soul, from Pahlavi sources
A vision of heaven and hell, from Arda Viraz Namag
Apocalyptic texts
On the coming of the Saoshyant, from Yasht 19
On the three World Saviours, from the Zand
On the seven ages of the world, and the coming of the Saviours, from the Zand of Vahman Yasht
On Yima's var, from Vendidad 2
A Zoroastrian heresy: Zurvanism
A citation from Theopompus
Versions of the myth of Zurvan and his twin Sons
Dogmatic passages from ninth-century Pahlavi books
From 'Selected Precepts of the Ancient Sages'
From Shkand-gumanig Vizar, the 'Doubt-dispelling Exposition'
Historical texts
From the Achaemenian period
From the Parthian period
From the Sasanian period
Passages concerning the Arab conquest and the early centuries of Islam
Concerning the Irani and Parsi communities, fifteenth to eighteenth centuries A. C.
From the reports of Europeans, seventeenth to eighteenth centuries
The faith in modern times: the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
From nineteenth-century European writings on Zoroastrian dualism
Passages from Parsi theosophical writings
Writings by moderate and radical reformists
Tradition in belief and practice
Matters of controversy
Restatements and reappraisal
Glossarial index
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