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Zoroastrianism An Introduction to Ancient Faith

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ISBN-10: 1898723788

ISBN-13: 9781898723783

Edition: 1998

Authors: Peter Clark

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This introduction to Zoroastrianism presents it as a living faith, with a coherent theology and an ethic of good thoughts, good words and good deeds. The text also contains a glossary of Zoroastrian terms.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publication date: 12/19/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 204
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Foreword
An Ancient Faith: Zarathushtra -- Prophet and Priest
The Gathas of the Prophet Zarathushtra
The Transmission of the Gathas
The Authorship and Integrity of the Gathas
Dating the Prophet -- the Gathic Evidence (and other suggestions)
The Problem of the Prophet's Homeland
Zarathushtra's Death
Ahura Mazda, Spenta Mainyu and the Divine Heptad
Zarathushtra on Ahura Mazda and the 'Divine Relationship'
Spenta Mainyu and the Individual Amesha Spentas: Their functions and liturgical representations
Divine Heptad and the Individual Zoroastrian
Ahura Mazda and the Amesha Spentas in the Later Literature
Some Other Important Ahuric References
The Eschatology of the Gathas
The Eschatology of the Later Literature
The Two Existences and the Problem of Evil
Menog and Getig
The Problem of Evil Creatures in the Vendidad
Eschatological Considerations: The Stages of History and the Human Journey
Zoroastrianism in Exile
Sacred Fires
Holy Places
A Living Faith -- Zoroastrian Worship, Rituals and Other Observances
The Yasna, an 'Inner' Ceremony
The Afrinagan, an 'Outer' Ceremony
Birth and Early Infancy
Initiation -- the Navjote Ceremony
Initiation and Vocation -- the Zoroastrian Priesthood
Marriage
Death and Funerary Rites
Purification : the Barashnum i-no shab
The Instrumental and Expressive Functions of Zoroastrian Ritual
Holy Days, Holy Months and a Disputed Calendar
A Worshipping Community and Three Zoroastrian Prayers
A Living Faith -- Zoroastrian Ethics
Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds
The Five Faculties and Truth
Justice
The Unbreakable Nature of the Contract as an Ethical Paradigm
Putting it into Practice: Charity, Benevolence and the Parsi Zoroastrians
Identity, Unity and Disparity: Zoroastrianism Today
Who is a Zoroastrian?
The Europeans and the Zoroastrians: Orthodoxy and Reform, Text and Praxis
The Status of Women in Contemporary Zoroastrianism
Other Issues in Contemporary Zoroastrianism and a Glance to the Future
Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Christianity
The Roman Mithraic Mysteries
The historical relationship between Zoroastrian and Judeo-Christian Religion
The possible thematic relationships between Vedic, Zoroastrian and Judeo-Christian Religion
Ahura Mazda, Spenta Mainyu and the Amesha Spentas 164
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index