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Zoroaster - Persian Myths

Zoroaster is the Greek name of the Persian prophet Zarathustra, referred to as Zartosht in the ancient Sassanian Literature. Modern history accepts Zoroaster as a real man, but the Persian mythology (Shahnameh) took from the Zoroastrianism many mythical characters that make some historians believe that Zoroaster was one of them.

Zoroaster's birthplace is as unclear as his birth date, situated between 1700 and 1000 BC depending on many different sources available. He was mostly known as a preacher of Persia, in the Great Iran, the borderland region of the Black Sea, close to Turkey and Greece, although it is also believed that he was a traveling prophet going from Persia to China.

Some sources cite Zoroaster as a Hindi priest. In fact, the Zoroastrianism, religion founded by Zoroaster, is today still the predominant religion of the Parsi community in India. Zoroaster, however, defined his teachings as philosophy, not as religion, although his basic beliefs are ignored.

The Zoroastrianism as we know it today was recorded in history until the mid-5h century BC the time in which this religious practice was greatly influenced by the Mazdaism, which articles of faith were created by Ahura Mazda.

Furthermore, the evidence of annual festivals to celebrate nature lead by Zoroaster associated him with pagan rites like the Roman Lupercalia, celebrated to scare away evil spirits, purifying the cities and releasing fertility, health, and wealth.

As Iranian or Persian prophet, his name is usually found in Ancient Greek folklore, in which it is believed that his transcendental prophecies were cast at the Oracle of Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassos. This believe is taken conclusion criteria based on the common timeframe of both the Oracle and Zoroaster's existence, as there is also text that situates Zoroaster 258 years before Alexander the Great invaded Persia.

Zoroaster lived sometime before Christ, hence he is also known as the founder of a pagan religion practiced by the Magi. The Magi were the ancient master magicians of the Persian Empire responsible for all funerary and religious practices, whose most widely known representatives are the Three Wise Men from the East referred in the Bible as Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthasar.


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