Zoroastrianism

  • One of the oldest religion in the world from Persia.
  • Founded by Prophet Zarthustra around 3000 BC, who was born in Azerbeijan near the Aral sea region and was a great Persian religious reformer and founder or the Zoroastrian religion.
  • The first religion to propogate Monotheism, belief in one Almighty God Ahura Mazda, the Lord of Wisdom.
  • The holy book of the Zoroastrians is known as Zend Avesta.
  • The original verses / prayers written by Zarthustra are known as Gathas.
  • Zoroastrianism was the state religion of Persia until 700 AD.
  • Zarthustra teaching became the guiding light of the Persian civilization.
  • Zoroaster died at the age of 77, daring the invasion of Persia by the Turaniams.
  • In 700 AD. the Zoroastrians had to leave Persia due to persecussion and landed on the shores of India.
  • The Zoroastrian / Persian immigrants in India are called Parsis because most of them came from the province of Parsa in Persia.
  • The religious prayers mainly emphasize on Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds (Humata, Hukhata, Huvareshta).
  • Place of worship is called Agiary and Atash Behram.
  • Celebrate their New Year, as a spring festival on 2 l st March.
  • Do not believe in reincarnation.
  • Do not believe in fasting.
  • Children are brought into the religion before the age of puberty.
  • The ceremony is called Navjote. Other important ceremonies are Jashan, Lagan (Wedding), Gambhar, Faresta, Mukhtad.
  • Zoroastrians believe that everyone in the world are created by God and are equal, a true sign of the real ancient Aryan nobility and tolerance.
  • Cyrus, King of Persia also known as “King of Kings” was an Aryan who helped rebuilt the temple of the Jews after freeing them from captivity in Babylon.
  • For this, he is still remembered by the Jews and called the “Anointed of the Lord” in the Bible.

 

Parsi Association, Singapore
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