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Quote najamsahar Replybullet Posted: 23 August 2006 at 2:54pm

A weird fact of Zorastrians

when a person dies, they take the body to a temple kind of place and leave the naked body there for vultures to prey on. The theory is that they consider the earth,fire and water sacred, so this is the only way to deal with the dead without polluting the sacred elements of nature.  The temple is designed so that the bones fall off to the bottom of a pit.

In my town there was one such place and you could see many vultures there all the time.

Zorastrianism is more related to Iran and not Iraq? not sure.

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Quote najamsahar Replybullet Posted: 23 August 2006 at 2:59pm

Here are some links, not much about the religion though. Zorastrians in India are called parsi, derived from farsi meaning persian.

www.unescoparzor.com/

http://www.parsionline.com/, this one has a link to history

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Quote najamsahar Replybullet Posted: 23 August 2006 at 3:00pm

Who are the Zoroastrians?

    Zoroastrians are the followers of the great Iranian prophet, Spitaman Zarathushtra (Greek : Zoroaster). Zarathushtra lived and preached around the Aral Sea, around 3500 years ago, i.e. 1500 B.C. 

    For over a thousand years, from 549 B.C to 652 A.D the religion taught by Zarathushtra flourished as state religion of three mighty Iranian empires, that of the Achaemenians(549-330 B.C), the Parthians (248 B.C-224 A.D) and Sasanians (224-652 A.D.)

 

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Quote Sawtul Khilafah Replybullet Posted: 26 September 2006 at 10:16am

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Zoroasthranism was originally monotheistic, but it later became dualistic, meaning that now, they believe in two "gods":
The "god of darkness" (Ahriman) and the "god of light" (Ahuramazda) who are fighting eachother and in the end, they believe Ahuramazda will finally defeat Ahriman.

The holy book of Zorasthrians, the Avesta is filled with contradictions. Some parts of it speak of many many "gods". The "gods of earth", the "gods of wind", the "god" of this and that. It seems like for everything they have a "god". Yet other parts give the impression that there are actually 2 "gods", one good, the other evil, and this is what the Zoroasthrians believe.

However, there are still other parts of the Avesta where Zarathustra condemns those who believe in more than One God!!!!

It's quite clear that like Christianity and Judaism, this religon was also corrupted by pagan beliefs, although it seems they are now further away from the truth than Christians and Jews.

 

This religion originated from Iran around 3000 years ago and to this day it has very few followers outside of Iran, and even in Iran they are no more than a few thousand.

They believe that AhuraMazda manifests himself in the form of fire and they try to keep a fire burning for as long as possible inside their Temples.

The last Zoroasthrian kingdom/Empire (the Sasanids) were destroyed by Muslims during the Caliphate of Omar ibn Khattab.

 

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