THE YEZIDIS OF KURDISTAN – ARE THEY REALLY ZOROASTRIANS ???
by Noshir H. Dadrawala
Fellow Mazdayasni Zarathushtris,
The Gatha-alone cult in the West, in one of it’s worst excesses, has thrown open the doors of our sacred religion to any Tom, Dick and Harry that wants to waltz in, on the payment of a “tax-deductible donation”. We now have moneyed non-Zoroastrians, such as Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Jews going to the Gatha-alone cult to “try out” what passes for the ancient religion of Zarathushtra, before “moving on” to other New Age religions in the West.
“Try before you buy” seems to be the catch-all Western phrase at work here, but the Westerners don’t seem to understand that such material attitudes cannot be applied to spirituality and the sacred religions of the East. Religions cannot be “tried out” then “discarded” as if they were ice cream cones – take the Continue reading
7. PRESENTATION OF OFFERINGS BY THE PRIEST WITH THE OBJECT OF PROPITIATION NAMED.
1. With a complete and sacred offering [Ashi] I offer and I give this meat-offering, and (with it) Haurvatat (who guards the water), and Ameretatat (who guards the plants and the wood), and the flesh of the Kine of blessed gift1, for the propitiation of Ahura Mazda, and of the Bountiful Immortals (all, and) for the propitiation of Sraosha (Obedience) the blessed, endowed with sanctity, who smites with the blow of victory, and who causes the settlements to advance.
[1. Hum 93: “truthfully I offer integrity and immortality and (the flesh of) the munificent cow”; Hum2 98: “as sacrificial repast and food I offer integrity [water], immortality [plants], and the munificent cow [flesh]”.]
2. And I offer the Haoma and Haoma-juice with a complete and sacred offering for the propitiation of the Fravashi of Zarathushtra Spitama the saint, and I offer the wood-billets with the perfume for Thy propitiation, the Fire’s, O Ahura Mazda’s son! Continue reading
Frequently asked questions on Zoroastrianism and the Avesta
WHAT IS ZOROASTRIANISM?
A brief overview
Zoroastrianism is a religion founded in ancient times by the prophet Zarathushtra, known to the Greeks as Zoroaster.
Zoroastrianism was the dominant world religion during the Persian empires (559 BC to 651 AC), and was thus the most powerful world religion at the time of Jesus. It had a major influence on other religions. It is still practiced world-wide, especially in Iran and India.
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