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  • Head of Zoroastrian temple says people are returning to their roots

    09/16/2016 7:15:44 PM PDT · by odds · 41 replies
    Rudaw (Kurdish Website) ^ | 1/2/2016 | Rudaw
    There has been a recent surge in conversions to Zoroastrianism among Kurds at home and abroad. Andaz Hawezi, chief of the Zoroastrian Temple in Sweden says thousands have joined the faith. In 2011 he was elected to lead the temple. Zoroastrianism is one of the worlds oldest religions to which most Kurds trace their ancestral faith. Hawezi says not all the new converts or followers are Kurds. There are Arabs, Turks, Persian, Swedish, Polish, British and other nationalities. We hope to come back to Kurdistan. Thats why we named the Temple Kurdish Zoroastrian. Hawezi says. The Temple in Sweden is...
  • The changing face of Islam in Kurdistan

    09/16/2016 7:11:45 PM PDT · by odds · 8 replies
    Rudaw (Kurdish Website) ^ | July 2, 2016 | Hannah Lynch
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region We Muslims have a lot of problems with our religion, for a lot of reasons, the words of Sanger Najim, a young man living in Erbil, echo the sentiments of a growing population in the Kurdistan Region who struggle with questions about their faith. Many Muslims are confronted by the violent extremism of the Islamic State (ISIS) and wonder how to reconcile their personal beliefs with the actions of the extremist group. The Kurdish population is approximately 94% nominally Muslim. Recently, however, there have been many reports of Kurds leaving Islam or converting to other religions....
  • Dating to Save Your Tiny Religion From Extinction

    04/14/2016 4:02:54 AM PDT · by Cronos · 13 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 27, 2016 | MENACHEM WECKER
    When Parsi Zoroastrians, having fled Persian persecution, arrived on Indian soil sometime between the 8th and 10th centuries, the story goes, an Indian ruler sent a cup full of milk. The intention, clearly, was to convey that India was filled to the brim. The Zoroastrian king inserted either sugaror in some tellings, a ringand sent the cup back to suggest that not only was there room for his people, but they would also enrich Indian society if permitted to settle. Certain restrictions curbed the private and communal lives of the Zoroastrian asylum seekers, but they were largely allowed to thrive...
  • In Whose God Do We Trust?

    03/17/2016 1:25:28 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies ^ | March 10, 2016 | Karen Shade
    According to Dr. Joel Mathews, the phrase "In God We Trust" was first printed on our coins in 1864 and on paper bills in 1957. It had been proposed that "Our Country, Our God, Our Trust" be used, but that was shortened to be able to stamp the motto onto coins. Kansas State University Polytechnic's March Civic Luncheon began with Kansas Weslyan University's Dr. Philip Meckley asking: o How can we look at comparative religious traditions? o How can we live with differences for the sake of our human community? Matthews, a K-State Polytechnic instructor, began the lecture by saying...
  • How Muslims Did Not Invent Algebra

    08/11/2013 4:38:30 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 86 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 2 August 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Continuing on the theme of what Muslims did - or more likely did not do - for the world, there is a widespread misconception that they "invented algebra". Maybe this fallacy is due to the fact that "algebra" is a word of Arabic origin, but historical questions are not solved by etymological answers. Yes, the English word "algebra" derives from the Arabic. So does "sugar" (from the Arabic "sukkar") but that doesn't mean that Muslims invented sugar. The word "algebra" stems from the Arabic word "al-jabr", from the name of the treatise Book on Addition and Subtraction after the Method...
  • Jihad ravaged Christian Byzantium for 800 years: how valiantly the Byzantine Christians

    09/04/2015 10:35:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    History of Jihad ^ | September 4, 2015 | Robin MacArthur
    How the Jihad ravaged Christian Byzantium for 800 years, and how valiantly the Byzantine Christians held back the Arab and Turkish hordes, saving Europe from Islam. [ Full title ]. While the Zoroastrian Persians were defeated and were being subjugated, the Muslim hordes turned on their other neighbor the Christian Byzantines. The two armies met at the battlefield of Heiromyak. Lessons from the Battle of Heiromyak (Al Yarmuk). At the Battle of the Yarmuk (river), between the Muslim Arabs and the Byzantines, the Muslim Arabs were losing the battle in the initial stages. When the victory seemed certain for the...
  • Star Wars sucks. There, we said it.

    06/20/2015 11:05:05 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 178 replies
    Maclean's ^ | June 19, 2015 | Jaime Weinman
    One day in the 1970s, George Lucas screened a rough cut of his new movie, Star Wars, for his influential Hollywood friends. And almost none of them liked it. The plot seemed incomprehensible, the made-up fantasy names absurd. Director Brian De Palma, who had just had a big hit with Carrie, made fun of everything about the film, including Princess Leia’s hairstyle: “Hey, George, what were those Danish rolls doing in the princess’s ears?” Almost 40 years later, De Palma is mostly making low-budget movies, and the most-anticipated film of the year is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first...
  • A Video Featuring Snoop Dogg Has Caused Uproar Among a Religious Group in India

    07/03/2015 6:28:17 AM PDT · by odds · 4 replies
    TIME ^ | 5.008 AM ET | Time Staff
    Members of the Parsi Zoroastrian community in Calcutta have filed a petition in a local high court against the music video for the song King by Amitis featuring Snoop Dogg, calling it blasphemous and disrespectful toward their faith, the Times of India reports. Zoroastrianism is a millennia-old faith with roots in ancient Persia and a flourishing community in India; its scripture emphasizes the sanctity of nature and the duality of existence. Amitis is an Iranian-born singer who now lives in Atlanta; King appears to be her entrance into the realm of Western pop. Snoop Dogg is Snoop Dogg in...
  • Zoroastrian faith returns to Kurdistan in response to ISIS violence

    06/03/2015 6:04:53 PM PDT · by odds · 41 replies
    Rudaw (Kurdish Website) ^ | June 3 2015 | Judith Neurink
    SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region After over a millennium, the Zoroastrian faith is returning to its original habitat. The Ministry of Religion in the Iraqi Kurdistan capital Erbil has registered the religion, locally known as Zardashti, and suggested to the Kurdish government the ancient faith should be given its own directorate general and its believers be allowed to build new temples. Now its time, says Nouri Sharif, one of the initiators of the movement that established a Zoroastrian organization in Europe in 2006 and in March announced in Erbil its official return to Kurdistan. In April, a Supreme Council of Zoroastrians...
  • 'Eternal flames' of ancient times could spark interest of modern geologists

    05/18/2015 11:51:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-18-2015 | Provided by Springer
    Seeps from which gas and oil escape were formative to many ancient cultures and societies. They gave rise to legends surrounding the Delphi Oracle, Chimaera fires and "eternal flames" that were central to ancient religious practices - from Indonesia and Iran to Italy and Azerbaijan. Modern geologists and oil and gas explorers can learn much by delving into the geomythological stories about the religious and social practices of the Ancient World, writes Guiseppe Etiope of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy. His research is published in the new Springer book Natural Gas Seepage. "Knowing present-day gas fluxes...
  • Iranians celebrate 'Yalda' as longest night of the year [Ancient Zoroastrian Holiday]

    12/21/2004 2:44:05 PM PST · by freedom44 · 8 replies · 420+ views
    Payvand ^ | 12/21/04 | Payvand
    Tehran, Dec 20, IRNA -- Millions of Iranians all over the world Monday night will celebrate 'Yalda', the longest night of the year and the first night of winter as a token of victory of the angel of goodness over the devil of badness. 'Yalda' is a Syriac word meaning birth and according to Mithraism, a faith that initially originated from Persia and later spread out throughout the ancient civilized world, the first day of winter which falls on December 21 this year, was celebrated as the birthday of Mithra, the angel of light. Ancient Iranians believed that two groups...
  • Happy Norooz!

    03/20/2010 12:32:43 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 70 replies · 1,480+ views
    FarsiNet ^ | 3/20/2010
    Nowruz 2569 (1389) will begin on: با شادباش نوروز - تحويل سال نوتحويل سال نو ۲۵۶۹ - ساعت ۹ و ۲ دقيقه و ۰۰ ثانيه بعد از ظهر شنبه اول فروردين ۱۳۸۹ در ايران Tehran: Saturday:      09:02:00 PM      March 20, 2010 New York: Saturday 01:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Chicago: Saturday 12:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Denver: Saturday 11:32:00 AM March 20, 2010 Los Angeles:      Saturday 10:32:00 AM March 20, 2010 London: Saturday 05:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Paris: Saturday 06:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Rome: Saturday 06:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Berlin: Saturday 06:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Athens:...
  • ISIS sweep forces religious minority to die of thirst on mountain

    08/06/2014 8:45:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 6, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Not Christians or Shiites this time, but the Yazidis, whose numbers reach as high as 600,000 in Iraq and dropping, especially in Sinjar. The sacking of Sinjar has forced the Yazidis to flee to nearby Mount Sinjar to escape brutal execution. What they face on the mountain is a death just as certain, though, and perhaps as torturous: Stranded on a barren mountaintop, thousands of minority Iraqis are faced with a bleak choice: descend and risk slaughter at the hands of the encircled Sunni extremists or sit tight and risk dying of thirst. Humanitarian agencies said Tuesday that between...
  • Iraq's Yazidis in danger

    08/05/2014 5:58:14 AM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Economist ^ | Aug 5th 2014 | JA
    THE Iraqi and American authorities are rushing to arrange airdrops of food and water to the Yazidis as tens of thousands of followers of the secretive religion flee fundamentalist gunmen who took over the Iraqi town of Sinjar on August 3rd. A Yazidi elder reached by phone said they were trying to climb high enough into the nearby mountains that members of the Islamic State would not follow. ..Yazidis consider themselves a distinct ethnic and religious group from the Kurds with whom they live (and who consider them Kurdish). Their religion, which combines elements of Zoroastrianism with Sufi Islam and...
  • UN report blasts Iran for persecution of Christians, other religious minorities

    03/21/2014 9:32:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 21, 2014 | Benjamin Weinthal
    The election last year of self-professed moderate President Hassan Rouhani has not brought Iran's Christians any relief, according to a new United Nations report which finds the Islamic Republic's Bible believers more persecuted than ever. The detailed report finds Iran has continued to imprison Christians for their faith and designated house churches and evangelical Christians as "threats to national security. At least 49 Christians were among 307 religious minorities being held in Iranian jails as of January 2014, noted the UN, which also blasted the regime for its hostility to Jews, Bahais, Zoroastrians and Dervish Muslims, the UN report stated....
  • Who are the Zoroastrians?

    07/29/2003 11:17:26 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 37 replies · 1,517+ views
    Zoroastrian Studies ^ | 7/29/03 | Zoroastrian Studies
    Zoroastrians are the followers of the great Iranian prophet, Spitaman Zarathushtra (known to the Greeks as Zoroaster). Zarathushtra lived and preached somewhere around the Aral Sea, about three and a half thousand years ago, circa 1500 B.C.E. The Background Iran, at the time of Zarathushtra's birth, was a land where many pagan gods and goddesses were being propitiated through ignorance and fear. The prophet Zarathushtra, in his sublime hymns, the Gathas, revealed to mankind that there was the One, Supreme, All-Knowing, Eternal God of the good creations---Ahura Mazda, the Lord of Wisdom, who was wholly Wise, Good and Just. Ahura...
  • 1700 B.C.: 'Alla' god of 'violence and revolution'

    09/17/2012 4:31:09 AM PDT · by wesagain · 76 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Sept 17, 2012 | staff writer
    A research article posted on the website of terrorist-turned-Christian Walid Shoebat contends the oldest known references to the Islamic deity Allah are not in Arabian records but in Babylonian artifacts. Ancient tablets describe Alla as a deity of violence and revolution. This link sheds new light since for many years we have been hearing various ideas on where Allah came from. Christian and Muslim scholars as well as secular professors presented numerous arguments on just who Allah really is, wrote Ted Shoebat, the son of Walid Shoebat. In his heavily footnoted project, he writes that historians have suggested...
  • {Kurdistan Worker's Party}PKK and Zoroastrianism

    12/22/2011 6:43:15 AM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies ^ | 17 Dec 2011 | WLADIMIR van WILGENBURG
    Some Middle Eastern governments often use religion as a tool to attack their opponents. In Turkey, the authorities have for long tried to portray the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as non-Muslims in order to delegitimize their movement among Muslim Kurds and Turks. Charging the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and the PKK with promoting Zoroastrianism is yet another campaign by Turkey against the Kurdish rebel group. The idea that Kurds are actually Zoroastrians is not something new. Kurdish nationalists such as the Bedirkhan brothers tried to revive Zoroastrianism and Yezidism as the original religion of the Kurds in the 1920s...
  • Monument to Babek (Irani fighter against Islam) to be erected in Baku

    09/07/2011 1:17:21 AM PDT · by Cronos · 55 replies ^ | 7.9.2011 |
    President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan has disposed to erect a monument to distinguished Azerbaijani commander Babek. Under the decree the monument will be erected to educate young generation in a patriotic spirit. Executive Branch of Baku city has been charged to submit proposals on the monument erection to Azerbaijani President at a months notice. The Cabinet of Ministers has been charged to solve the issues following the decree. Babek (Babak Khorramdin or Hasan on one of sources) was born in Ardebil (modern Iran) , as a leader of Khurramits (Zoroastrian sect) waged an armed struggle with Arab expansion and Islamization...
  • Comparing Christianity and the New Paganism

    05/09/2011 11:11:10 AM PDT · by bronxville · 99 replies
    Integrated Catholic Life ^ | March 10, 2011 | Dr. Peter Kreeft
    Comparing Christianity and the New Paganism The most serious challenge for Christianity today isn't one of the other great religions of the world, such as Islam or Buddhism. Nor is it simple atheism, which has no depth, no mass appeal, no staying power. Rather, it's a religion most of us think is dead. That religion is paganism and it is very much alive. Paganism is simply the natural gravity of the human spirit, the line of least resistance, religion in its fallen state. The "old" paganism came from the country. Indeed, the very word "paganism" comes from the Latin...
  • Saudi Arabian Wahhabi Mufti Says Iranians are Zoroastrian

    05/10/2011 3:03:04 AM PDT · by Cronos · 59 replies
    AhulBayt News Agency ^ | 9 May 2011 | (Ahlul Bayt News Agency)
    Over a phone conversation with one of the Saudi Arabian newspapers, he said: there were not many Zoroastrians in history, but they have been well-known (so what! who has assigned you to be historian without documentation and authenticity, let's see what you have to say and what are your proves to the lies this time!!!). History knows them as a nation full of hate and oppression (lie, if you meant history of Iran, for you ignorant mind, it is good to say and let you know that Iran has been known as cradle of civilization, just check this link, if...
  • Sassanid fire temple discovered in central Iran

    07/08/2010 6:51:13 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Payvand News ^ | Monday, July 5, 2010 | Mehr News Agency
    Ruins of a fire temple dating back to the Sassanid era have recently been discovered during a series of archaeological excavations in the Vigol region near Kashan in central Iran. The discovery was made during the latest season of excavations, which are being carried out by a team of archaeologists led by Mohsen Javeri and began in mid-June, the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization announced in a press release on Monday. The cruciform temple has four entrances leading to the ruins of a fireplace embellished with unique stucco designs, Javeri said. The team has also unearthed pieces of ornate...
  • Median Era Ring Discovered In Iran

    11/11/2007 2:24:09 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 1,946+ views
    PressTV.IR ^ | 11-10-2007
    Median era ring discovered in Iran Sat, 10 Nov 2007 09:56:15 A Faravahar, a symbol of Zoroastrianism A unique ring belonging to the Median era adorned with a carved Farvahar, a symbol of Zoroastrianism, has been found in western Iran. Archeological excavations in Iran's western province of Lorestan resulted in the discovery of a ring which dates back to the Bronze Age and is decorated with a symbol of Zoroastrianism. The figure in the Farvahar is wearing Mede attire and a hat. The long-bearded man is facing the left as he emerges from the Sun. Wide open wings are seen...
  • Iran's Zoroastrians remember Arab conquest of Persia

    06/18/2007 12:56:35 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 63 replies · 4,108+ views
    AP ^ | 6/18/07 | AP
    CHAK CHAK, Iran (AP) - Dressed in white to symbolize purity, a priest recited from the Zoroastrian holy book at a shrine as members of this ancient pre-Islamic religion marked what they see as one of the most bitter events in Iran's history: the 7th century Arab conquest of Persia. The Arab invasion changed history for Persia, the ancient name for non-Arab Iran: Islam was imposed as the new religion, replacing Zoroastrianism, whose followers were dispersed. Thousands of Zoroastrians from Iran's small remaining community and from India, the United States and other countries gathered at this mountain shrine this week...
  • Zoroastrians struggle for survival in Iran

    10/12/2006 5:40:31 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 56 replies · 1,334+ views
    Zee News ^ | 10/12/06 | Zee News
    Flicking through photographs of immigrant Zoroastrian friends in sunny California, 40-year-old Farzad Dehnavizadeh sighs and wishes the young people of his faith would stop leaving Iran for the west. His 40,000-strong Zoroastrian community has survived centuries of conquest, oppression and forced conversion to keep their 3,200-year-old monotheistic faith alive and guard ancient traditions in Shiite Muslim majority Iran. Having withstood the ravages of history, the community is now threatened by emigration, which is day by day robbing the Zoroastrians of their precious youth. Precise figures on the scale of the exodus are not available but sources in the community estimate...
  • Zoroastrians Keep the Faith, and Keep Dwindling

    09/05/2006 8:40:08 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies · 319+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 6, 2006 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    BURR RIDGE, Ill. In his day job, Kersey H. Antia is a psychologist who specializes in panic disorders. In his private life, Mr. Antia dons a long white robe, slips a veil over his face and goes to work as a Zoroastrian priest, performing rituals passed down through a patrilineal chain of priests stretching back to ancient Persia. After a service for the dead in which priests fed sticks of sandalwood and pinches of frankincense into a blazing urn, Mr. Antia surveyed the Zoroastrian faithful of the Midwest about 80 people in saris, suits and blue jeans. We...
  • Kurdistan: Zoroastrian Temple discovered in Duhok

    08/22/2006 10:33:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 479+ views
    Kurdish Globe ^ | August 22, 2006 | unattributed
    Duhok's Director of Antiquities, Hasan Ahmed Qassim, has announced the discovery of a Zoroastrian temple near Jar Ston Cave, a famous ancient site. The temple is believed to be the most complete to have been unearthed in the region. It is also said that it was a Metherani temple... "This new discovery will alter the history of the region due to its unique architectural style, which differs considerably from Zoroastrian temples previously discovered," explained the Director of Antiquities. "The temple's style which looks toward the four-directions is a unique style ever discovered in the area; thus it becomes an entry...
  • Church of Cognizance out of line with zoroastrian religion

    07/21/2006 11:04:56 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies · 299+ views
    Eastern Arizona Courier ^ | Thursday, July 20, 2006 | Adam Gaub
    Dan and Mary Quaintance of Pima claim they use marijuana - often mixed with milk - in their practice of the Zoroastrian faith. The Quaintances are awaiting trial after being arrested in New Mexico in February for having 172 pounds of marijuana in their possession. While milk, and goat's milk specifically, can sometimes be used in ceremonies in the Zoroastrian religion, Rustom Kevala, the president of the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America, said marijuana has never been used as part of their religion. "We don't want Zoroastrians to be associated with this kind of church," Kevala said. "I...
  • Russian Archaeologist Says Merv Was Origin Of Zoroastrianism

    06/10/2006 3:16:44 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 1,380+ views
    Mehr News ^ | 6-10-2006
    Russian archaeologist says Merv was origin of Zoroastrianism TEHRAN, June 10 (MNA) Russian archaeologist Victor Sarianidi believes that Merv, a province in southern Turkmenistan, was the cradle of Zoroastrianism, the Persian service of Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported here Saturday. According to Sarianidi, his archeological team has recently discovered some Zoroastrians temples in the region. Each has two fire temples -- one was presumably used for religious ceremonies and one for cooking, he added. The temples date back to some 3,000 years BC, estimated the archaeologist. Sarianidi had already named the legendary land of Margush as the origin...
  • Mullahs Fail to prevent Ancient Persian Festival

    03/14/2006 5:26:26 PM PST · by FARS · 75 replies · 1,518+ views
    Revelers call for anti-Islamic Regime demonstration on Wednesday March 15th at 7pm Iran Time (GMT +3:30). Farsi language radio station KRSI in Los Angeles took calls live this Tuesday morning from people gathered in the streets in Iran and broadcasted them live to listeners all over Iran. Despite a total ban by the Islamic regime against celebrating an ancient Zoroastrian festival, traditionally on the last Wednesday of the Persian Year, by jumping over lines of smallish tumbleweed bonfires and chanting "your redness to me, my yellowness to you", crowds ignored the edict. And faced up to the attacks from the...
  • Remembering the "Arashes" of the 1988 Massacre of Iranian Political Prisoners

    08/22/2005 5:30:20 AM PDT · by Ardavan Bahrami · 1 replies · 593+ views
    Azarmehr Weblog ^ | 22 Aug. 2005 | Potkin Azarmehr
    We were in the fourth or fifth grade in the primary school in Iran at the time. It was the Persian literature class. Not a subject that I particularly looked forward to as a child, however that day when the teacher started reading out the poem on the Iranian mythical hero, Arash, by Siavash Kasraii, suddenly I was mesmerized. Contrary to my usual quest for mischief and laughter, this time I was all-ears. A painting of a heroic type figure stretching his bow and arrow to the full, accompanied the text of the poem. Iran had been at war with...
  • Bombay's Parsis Differ on Future of Their Community

    08/03/2005 8:24:34 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 4 replies · 538+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 2 August 2005 | Patricia Nunan
    The Indian city of Bombay is home to the Parsi community - descendants of Persians who fled to India centuries ago. Now, their numbers are dwindling, giving rise to fears that the group, with its distinctive religion, is dying out. VOA's Patricia Nunan was recently in Bombay, where she spoke to two well-known Parsi personalities to hear their ideas of what the future may hold for the community. One is an 88-year-old retired business magnate, a leader of India's Parsi community for the past 60 years, the other is a 34-year-old television host and "video jockey" on the Indian outlet...
  • Zoroastrianism - Religion of the Persian Empire

    06/25/2005 8:31:30 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 29 replies · 1,635+ views
    MB Faith ^ | 6/25/05 | MB Faith
    During the 7th and 6th centuries BC the ancient polytheistic religion of the Iranians was reformed and given new dimensions by the prophet Zoroaster (or Zarathusthra). Zoroaster's life dates have been traditionally given as (c. 628 - 551 BC), but many scholars argue for earlier dates. Linguistic evidence suggests that he was born in northeastern Iran, but the prophet's message was to spread throughout the Persian Empire. Adopted as the faith of the Persian kings, Zoroastrianism became the official religion of the Achaemenid empire and flourished under its successors, the Parthian and Sassanian empires. Its theology and cosmology may have...
  • Zoroastrianism - The World of the Wise Lord [Religion of the Persian Empire]

    05/31/2005 9:59:31 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 30 replies · 1,443+ views
    Persian Journal ^ | May 21, 2005 | Nazar Khan
    While browsing through the ancient Persian history, I was struck and fascinated by another subject Zoroastrianism. Zoroastrianism has not only made a major contribution to the ancient philosophical thought but has also had a deep imprint on the Persian history and culture. Since ages, man has been striving to search for the meaning and purpose of life. Two ancient philosophies threw up answers to this eternal quest. One came out of the Vedic thought of re-incarnation (samsara) which believed in perpetual cycles of life, death and re-birth. It believed that soul (atma) finally got liberated (moksha) based on man's good...
  • archaeologist Says Central Asia Was Cradle Of Ancient Persian Religion

    03/19/2005 8:59:31 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 1,743+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 3-18-2005
    Archeologist says Central Asia was cradle of ancient Persian religion Fri Mar 18, 6:24 PM ET Science - AFP ATHENS (AFP) - The mysterious Margianan civilisation which flowered in the desert of what is now Turkmenistan some 4,000 years ago was the cradle of the ancient Persian religion of Zoroastrianism, Greco-Russian archeologist Victor Sarigiannidis claimed here. He said the theory would provoke controversy amongst his fellow archeologists, but said his excavations around the site of Gonur Tepe have uncovered temples and evidence of sacrifices that would consistent with a Zoroastrian cult. The religion was founded by Zarathustra, a Persian prophet...
  • The Difference Between Iranians And Arabs

    02/07/2005 1:53:33 PM PST · by freedom44 · 19 replies · 9,213+ views
    Useless knowledge ^ | 02/07/05 | Thomas Kayes
    Many Americans seem to entertain the illusion that Iranians are Arabs. This may be due to the fact that many people in both communities practise Islam, which I'll mention below. Another coincidence that may have contributed to this confusion is the apparent similarity of the names Iran and Iraq. It is true that the Persian language and the Arabic share the same alphabet, namely the Arabic alphabet, which was imposed upon the Iranians centuries ago. But originally Persian had its own alphabet. Anyway, in Arabic script the names of the countries are entirely different, 'Iraq' beginning with the letter 'ain'...
  • In Search of Zarathustra [Pre-Islamic Iran once again making a strong come back]

    09/05/2004 8:09:50 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 152 replies · 6,718+ views
    Boston Review ^ | 9/5/04 | Jehangir Pocha
    Despite the tendency to see Iran as an Islamic monolith and the attempts of the ruling clerics in Tehran to cast it as such, the full complexity of Iranian identity is little understood and almost never discussedeven by Iranians themselves. Long before it was absorbed into the Islamic empire by Arab armies under Caliphs Umar and Uthman in the mid-seventh century, Persia had been the birthplace of Zarathustianism, or Zoroastrianism, the worlds first monotheistic religion.The religion was forged some 3,500 years ago around the philosopher-prophet Zarathustras teachings, which emphasized personal morality and a conscious choice between good and evil. From...
  • Photo Series: Persepolis, Iran - Capital of Persian Empire [History]

    08/27/2004 9:42:57 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 34 replies · 3,251+ views
    Iranian ^ | 8/27/04 | Iranian
    Cyrus the Great Cylinder, The First Charter of Human Rights By 546 BCE, Cyrus had defeated Croesus, the Lydian king of fabled wealth, and had secured control of the Aegean coast of Asia Minor, Armenia, and the Greek colonies along the Levant. Moving east, he took Parthia (land of the Arsacids, not to be confused with Parsa, which was to the southwest), Chorasmis, and Bactria. He besieged and captured Babylon in 539 and released the Jews who had been held captive there, thus earning his immortalization in the Book of Isaiah. When he died in 529, Cyrus's kingdom extended as...
  • Zoroastrian Prophecies

    05/16/2004 9:31:44 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 90 replies · 991+ views
    Avesta ^ | 5/16/04 | Avesta
    "Zoroaster was thus the first to teach the doctrines of an individual judgment, Heaven and Hell, the future resurrection of the body, the general Last Judgment, and life everlasting for the reunited soul and body. These doctrines were to become familiar articles of faith to much of mankind, through borrowings by Judaism, Christianity and Islam; yet it is in Zoroastrianism itself that they have their fullest logical coherence ..." (Mary Boyce, Zoroastrians, pg 29) Coming Comet will Destroy Earth See also Forthcoming Close Approaches To The Earth According to Zoroastrian scripture, the end of the world will come about when...
  • The Kurdish People: A Background and History

    04/07/2004 7:54:38 PM PDT · by xzins · 36 replies · 1,043+ views
    The Kurdish Partnership ^ | Matthew Hand and Mark Brockman
    "No Friends but the Mountains" The Kurdish people comprise a large ethnic group of about 25 million that have always lived in the same place, and trace their roots back to the Medes of ancient Persia more than 2,500 years ago. In fact, the Magi, or "wise men" who traveled from the east to deliver their gold, frankincense and myrrh to the newborn Jesus at Bethlehem were most likely Zoroastrian priests, forbears of the modern Kurds. The Kurds are tribal people, many of them lived, until recently, a nomadic lifestyle in the mountainous regions of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and...
  • Zoroastrians Fight Extinction

    12/23/2003 10:01:12 PM PST · by freedom44 · 122 replies · 898+ views
    VOANews ^ | 12/23/03 | VOANews
    The opening bars of Richard Strauss composition Thus Spoke Zarathustra became famous as the theme for Stanle Kubricks 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. But apart from academics and some 300-thosuand believers, few people know much about ancient Iranian prophet Zarathustra and his teaching. Yet only one thousand years ago, millions, millions espoused Zarathustras monotheistic percepts in nations which stretched from (the ancient Chinese city of) Sian (western China) to the Eastern China across central Asia, northern India, Iran, Asia Minor, Mesopotamia up Greece in the west and Arabia, north Africa and Ethiopia in the south, says Adi Davar, a...
  • God and people in Zoroastrianism

    05/23/2003 3:53:54 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 15 replies · 273+ views
    Iranian ^ | 5/23/03 | Hormuzd A. Katki
    Zoroastrianism is the worlds oldest monotheistic religion and the original religion of the Iranian people before Islam. Its tenets (known as the Gathas) were written 4,000 years ago. But today, its adherents are scattered all over the world and always live in societies in which theirs is not the majority faith. Is Zoroastrianism compatible with other religions and the modern world? Does Zoroastrianism add something unique and important to the modern world? Every Zoroastrian must think about the relevance of Zoroastrianism in a modern multifaith society. This question was the topic of an invited lecture given by Dr. Farhang Mehr...
  • Say good knight to Crusade clichs [Paul Mulshine]

    04/04/2003 5:36:21 PM PST · by Incorrigible · 25 replies · 958+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 4/3/03 | Paul Mulshine
    <p>In what passes for criticism among what passes for an intellectual elite in America these days, the concept of Western culture's lingering guilt for the Crusades is being trotted out once again as a sort of one-size-fits-all explanation for the problems of the modern-day Mideast.</p>