Addressing the query of the origins of the Zoroastrian faith, this e-book argues that the intransigent competition to the cult of the daēvas, the traditional Indo-Iranian gods, is the basis of the improvement of the 2 critical doctrines of Zoroastrianism: cosmic dualism and eschatology (fate of the soul after loss of life and its passage to the opposite world).
The daēva cult because it appears to be like within the Gāthās, the oldest a part of the Zoroastrian sacred textual content, the Avesta, had eschatological pretentions. The poet of the Gāthās condemns those as deception. The e-book severely examines quite a few theories recommend because the 19th century to account for the condemnation of the daēvas. It then turns to the proper Gāthic passages and analyzes them intimately that allows you to provide an image of the cult and the explanations for its repudiation. ultimately, it examines fabrics from different assets, specially the Greek money owed of Iranian ritual lore (mainly) within the context of the secret cults. Classical Greek writers always affiliate the nocturnal rite of the magi with the mysteries as belonging to a similar religious-cultural type. This indicates that Iranian non secular lore incorporated a nocturnal ceremony that aimed toward making sure the soul’s trip to the past and a fascinating afterlife.
Challenging the primary scholarship of the Greek interpretation of Iranian non secular lore and offering a brand new research of the formation of the Hellenistic inspiration of ‘magic,’ this e-book is a vital source for college students and students of heritage, faith and Iranian Studies.