zoroastrianism

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            I dream of a day when the breath of the great Prophet Zarathushtra shall sweep again through His temples, fanning the ashes on the altars of these ancient fanes, and every altar shall flash into flame, and again from heaven the answering flames shall fall making the Iranian religion once more what it ought to be, a beacon-light for the souls of men, one of the greatest religions of the world. ANNIE BESANT
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              Founded in Persia around 1200-1600 BC by  Founded in Persia around 1200-1600 BC by  the prophet Zoroaster (Zarathustra),  the prophet Zoroaster (Zarathustra),  Zoroastrianism is the world's oldest  Zoroastrianism is the world's oldest  continuing monotheistic religion. Some  continuing monotheistic religion. Some  scholars believe that Zoroastrian doctrines -  scholars believe that Zoroastrian doctrines -  those of heaven and hell, the struggle of  those of heaven and hell, the struggle of  good versus evil, and a redeeming messiah-  good versus evil, and a redeeming messiah-  have deeply influenced the Jewish and  have deeply influenced the Jewish and  Christian religions. Christian religions. The History of Zoroastrians
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Who was Zarathustra ? Zarathustra was born in Iran, probably in the region that is  Zarathustra was born in Iran, probably in the region that is  now part of present-day Russia or Afghanistan. He was  now part of present-day Russia or Afghanistan. He was  married and had children. His father was Pourushaspa and  married and had children. His father was Pourushaspa and  his mother was Dughdova. Long before the coming of  his mother was Dughdova. Long before the coming of  Zarathustra the people of Iran followed the "Mazdayasni"  Zarathustra the people of Iran followed the "Mazdayasni"  religion, one characterized by the worship of multiple deities.  religion, one characterized by the worship of multiple deities.  This caused a good deal of distress to Zarathustra. To seek a  This caused a good deal of distress to Zarathustra. To seek a  message from God he withdrew himself from the material  message from God he withdrew himself from the material  world at an early age and spent several years in solitude.  world at an early age and spent several years in solitude.  When he knew that he had heard the voice of God, he set out  When he knew that he had heard the voice of God, he set out  to preach. to preach. 
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