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  • 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:...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • What the Bible Says About Persia and Persians

    02/28/2004 4:16:41 PM PST · by freedom44 · 15 replies · 2,891+ views
    Farsinet ^ | 2/28/04 | Farsinet
    "In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of The Lord spoken by Jeremiah, The Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing: "This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: "The Lord, The God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build a Temple [see Temples] for Him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of his people among you - may his God be with him, and let him...
  • Fundamentalist Calls To Ignore Norouz Go Unheard In Iran, Afghanistan

    03/22/2010 6:02:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 235+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | March 21, 2010 | Abbas Djavadi
    Maryam had invited her two daughters and their husbands and grandchildren for Norouz, the New Year's feast, to her home in western Tehran when I called her on Saturday. It was after 9:02 p.m. when "tahvil," the change from the old to the new year, 1389 after Iranian calendar, was celebrated at Maryam's apartment, as it was in hundreds of thousands of other households in Iran and other countries. She had prepared a beautiful Haft Seen, the Norouz table, and cooked delicious Iranian food. The television was on to follow the announcement of the "tahvil," after which everyone congratulated each...
  • Israel - Liberation of the aboriginal Jews from the twin fascisms of pan-Arabism and Islamism

    04/27/2009 6:27:56 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 3 replies · 418+ views
    I have always seen Israel as the result of the national liberation movement of the region's aboriginal Jews. Liberation of the aboriginal Jews (and anyone else lucky enough to find refuge within Israel's borders) from the twin fascisms of pan-Arabism and Islamism which have oppressed and even eliminated so many of the regions aboriginal ethnic groups. Israel's aboriginal Jews were not unique in accepting outside help (and even immigration) in their liberation struggle. Lebanon's Maronites; Egypt's Copts, Iraq and Turkey's Kurds, and Iran's Zoroastrians have all sought and received outside help in their liberation struggles, each group according to its...
  • The Last of the Zoroastrians

    12/15/2008 10:15:56 AM PST · by BGHater · 23 replies · 1,054+ views
    Time ^ | 09 Dec 2008 | Deena Guzder
    Far removed from Tehran's bustling tin-roofed teashops and Isfahan's verdant pomegranate gardens, the deserts known as Dasht-e Kavir and Dasht-e Lut meet at the city of Yazd,once the heart of the Persian Empire. Walking across the wind-whipped plains of the forgotten city, a young Iranian woman dressed in colorful floral garbs points out a sand-dusted tower hovering in the distance like a dormant volcano under a relentless sun. "This is where we put tens of thousands of corpses over the years," she explains with a congenial smile. The funerary tower is part of the ancient burial practice of Zoroastrianism, the...
  • Barack Obama and Slavery

    09/26/2008 7:09:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 1,123+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 26, 2008 | Bill Warner
    Slavery still stalks the American consciousness, its wounds yet festering in many hearts. If Barack Obama were to set his mind to it, he could heal much of the damage this peculiar institution wrought on our national soul. This great and tragic error that must be given justice. Obama is the best person in the world who can recognize, remember and honor the deaths of 125 million and the enslavement of tens of millions of people. His unique qualifications can be found in his names. Until he was 20 years old, he went by the first name Barry. Then he...
  • John McCain about to be on the VIEW

    09/12/2008 8:13:00 AM PDT · by JFC · 125 replies · 253+ views
    ABC | 09/12/08 | Me
    The ladies of the view just hammered Sarah Palin, no big suprise. John and Cindy McCain are about to be on the view if you can stomach the hosts.
  • Zoroastrian fires and temples

    08/25/2007 5:36:51 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 50 replies · 1,003+ views
    Press TV ^ | 8/18/07 | Press TV
    Fire, the source of heat and light is not only revered in ancient Indo-Iranian rituals but also in modern day Zoroastrianism and Hinduism. Zoroastrianism, which dominated the Sassanid Empire, is the religion ascribed to the ancient Persian prophet, Zarathushtra (Zoroaster), who lived 3500 years ago. Fire (Atar), together with clean water (Aban), are considered agents of ritual purity in the Zoroastrian religion. Despite the Zoroastrian respect for any form of fire, they do not worship it, rather it is used as a medium to communicate with God, whom they call Ahura Mazda, the Lord of Wisdom, the source of order...
  • Ancient Persian (Zoroastrian) influence on Hinduism

    08/17/2007 6:04:01 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 31 replies · 1,129+ views
    Cybernooon ^ | 10/17/07 | Cybernoon
    Hinduism pertains to Hindus but the word Hindu itself is actually a Persian word coined by Cyrus the great in the 6th century B.C. to describe people who lived beyond the river Indus which was the eastern boundary of the ancient Persian empire. The Persians had a phonetic problem with the letter S hence, Sindhu became Hindu just as Rigvedas Soma came from Zend Avestas Hoama. Such fascinating phonetic affinities! Even the word Shudra in Hinduisms caste-system came from the Persian word Hatoksha. Originally, there were only three castes but the camp followers collected by Persians on their travels were...
  • How Muslims Take over Cities

    07/02/2007 7:39:44 AM PDT · by pacelvi · 39 replies · 1,475+ views
    "More Moslems came, and soon a small mosque was built, which attracted yet others. As long as Zoroastrians remained in the majority, their lives were tolerable; but once the Moslems became the more numerous, a petty but pervasive harassment was apt to develop. This was partly verbal, with taunts about fire-worship, and comments on how few Zoroastrians there were in the world, and how many Moslems, who must therefore posses the truth; and also on how many material advantages lay with Islam. The harassment was often also physical; boys fought, and gangs of youth waylaid and bullied individual Zoroastrians. They...
  • An Old Religion Says No To Billboards (Zoroastrians)

    06/12/2007 3:02:27 AM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 605+ views
    Bell South ^ | 6-12-2007 | Ramola Talwar Badam
    An Old Religion Says No to Billboards Published: 6/12/07, 5:25 AM EDT By RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM MUMBAI, India (AP) - Some might see the towering billboards that rise out of a centuries-old Mumbai funeral ground as a message from beyond the grave. But the signs - which exhort motorists to "Rev up your night life" by buying a popular car - have bitterly divided the city's Parsi community since they were erected last week, with many people saying they desecrate the sanctity of the place. Trustees of the funeral ground, who authorized the billboards, say they are needed to...
  • 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...
  • Iran is already far beyond yellow badges

    05/20/2006 11:59:18 PM PDT · by familyop · 17 replies · 1,249+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 21MAY06 | DAVID HOROVITZ
    Iran is denying reports that it has passed legislation requiring its Jews to wear yellow cloth strips to single them out, its Christians to wear a red version and Zoroastrians a blue one. Some are unpersuaded. The Simon Wiesenthal Center's Rabbi Marvin Hier, for instance, is adamant "that the national uniform law was passed and that certain colors were selected for Jews and other minorities." But Teheran is adamant and scandalized. The reports of such Nazi-echoed branding "are slanderous accusations a smear campaign," according to an outraged Iranian government spokesman. So that's all right then? We can all relax? Hardly....
  • Jewish MP denies Iran badge plan

    05/20/2006 2:42:38 AM PDT · by robert jones · 8 replies · 653+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 20 May 06 | correspondents in Tehran
    Jewish MP denies Iran badge plan From correspondents in Tehran 20may06 IRAN'S only Jewish MP strongly denied reports in a Canadian newspaper overnight that Iran may force non-Muslims to wear coloured badges in public so they can be identified. "This report is a complete fabrication and is totally false," Maurice Motammed said in Tehran. "It is a lie, and the people who invented it wanted to make political gain" by doing so. The National Post newspaper quoted human rights groups as saying that Iran's parliament passed a law this week setting a public dress code and requiring non-Muslims to wear...
  • Zoroastrians Turn To Internet Dating To Rescue Religion

    02/06/2006 9:40:03 AM PST · by presidio9 · 65 replies · 1,182+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | February 6, 2006 | PETER WONACOTT
    After trying for four years to have a baby, Khorshed Bulsara called on her fellow Zoroastrians for help. She tapped into a new fertility clinic whose mission is to save one of the world's oldest religions. Her doctor waved off concerns that Parsis, as Zoroastrians are known in India, may suffer fertility problems linked to generations of inbreeding within a tiny and highly insular community. She put Ms. Bulsara through a battery of tests, prescribed fertility drugs and began an expensive program of in vitro fertilization. To defray costs, a local Parsi organization and anonymous Parsi donors gave the couple...
  • Iran: Zoroastrian Lawmaker Faces Slander Charges

    11/28/2005 10:52:20 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 10 replies · 512+ views
    ADN Kronos International ^ | 28 November 2005
    Iranian parlamentarian Kurosh Niknam, a member of Iran's Zoroastrian religious minority has been summoned to appear before the country's Revolutionary Tribunal after being accused of spreading false news and showing lack of respect for the authorities. The charges stem from comments Niknam made to protest against derogatory remarks against non-Muslims uttered by a close aide to Iran's Supreme Leader, Seyyed Ali Khamenei. Non-Muslims "cannot be called human beings but are animals who roam the earth and engage in corruption." said Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati last week at a ceremony in north-eastern Iran to commemorate the 'martyrs' of the Revolutionary Guards and...
  • IRAN's MINORITIES PROTEST KHAMENEI AIDE'S "SINFUL ANIMAL" SLUR

    11/23/2005 4:00:20 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 12 replies · 787+ views
    AKI ^ | 23-Nov-05
    Tehran, 23 Nov. (AKI) - Iran's religious minorities have slammed recent controversial remarks by a top aide to the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, describing non-Muslims as "sinful animals who roam the earth and engage in corruption." Kurosh Niknam, the Zoroastrian representative in the Iranian parliament, lashed out at the slur, saying it was "an unprecedented insult to religious minorities." "Not only are non-Muslims not sinful animals, but if Iran has an illustrious past and civilisation to feel good about, it owes this to those who lived in Iran before the arrival of Islam," said Niknam, adding that animals...
  • Nowruz : Persian New Year

    03/18/2005 9:32:35 AM PST · by freedom44 · 8 replies · 360+ views
    Payvand ^ | 3/18/05 | Payvand
    Once again Persian homes prepare for the New Year or Nowruz celebrations. All Persian households follow the practices of this, the oldest of Persian celebrations, which heralds the end of winter and cold and the coming of spring. The house goes through a spring cleaning preparing it for new events in the New Year. Fish bowls containing gold fishes, green wheat or lentil sprouts that have bloomed in decorative plates and shapes, hyacinths and tulips, red apples, mirrors and colored eggs adorn tables on decorative Persian fabrics. In the folds of the Koran fresh money notes are placed to bless...
  • The Fire in Iran. Forget about diplomacy, this is war.

    03/17/2005 7:59:31 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 29 replies · 1,217+ views
    NRO ^ | March 17, 2005, 7:53 a.m. | Michael Ledeen
    From al-Reuters, we have a masterpiece of disinformation: ISFAHAN Iranian authorities beat up and tear gassed exuberant young revellers as they breathed new life into a pre-Islamic fire festival with a night of dancing, flirting and fireworks. The Islamic Republic, which has an awkward relationship with its ancient Zoroastrian religion, only gave guarded recognition to the "Chaharshanbe Souri" festival last year. The Islamic republic does not have "an awkward relationship" with Zoroastrianism. It forbids Zoroastrian practices, including the celebration of the Zoroastrian New Year, Norooz. Forget about "guarded recognition;" there is a ban. The mullahs know something that al-Reuters...
  • Iran hardliners keep lid on ancient fire festival

    03/16/2005 2:56:16 PM PST · by freedom44 · 12 replies · 582+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/16/05 | Christian Oliver
    ISFAHAN, Iran, March 16 (Reuters) - Iranian authorities beat up and tear gassed exuberant young revellers as they breathed new life into a pre-Islamic fire festival with a night of dancing, flirting and fireworks. The Islamic Republic, which has an awkward relationship with its ancient Zoroastrian religion, only gave guarded recognition to the "Chaharshanbe Souri" festival last year. Hundreds of people poured onto the streets in Tehran and other cities for a rare night of partying. Public revelry is unusual in Iran where the authorities consider it to be at odds with the country's strict moral codes. The IRNA news...
  • Ancient Zoroastrians forbade begging but encouraged people to help the poor

    03/03/2005 7:03:48 PM PST · by freedom44 · 26 replies · 590+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | 4/3/05 | Tehran Times
    TEHRAN - Although some lived in poverty in ancient Iran, beggars were looked down upon because people helped the poor and needy voluntarily due to their religious beliefs. A law that prohibited begging was established in ancient times in Iran, but that does not mean that there was no sign of poverty in those years. In ancient times, those who lacked the daily necessities were usually supported by a close relative, since Zoroaster said that helping the poor was a good deed. The poor lived in houses made of low-quality mud bricks which were much smaller compared to the homes...
  • 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...
  • Flame of the Ancient Faith Still Flickers in Iran

    07/15/2004 10:58:24 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 18 replies · 499+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | 7/15/04 | Christian Oliver
    CHAK CHAK, Iran (Reuters) - Zoroastrians say the sacred spring at Chak Chak, a shrine perched beneath a towering cliff face in the searing desert of central Iran, has lost none of its miraculous healing powers. "A 32-year-old Muslim came here as a last resort when he was dying from leukemia. I was not sure we should let a Muslim in but he insisted and spent the night here," said Goshtasb Belivani, a priest of Iran's ancient pre-Islamic religion. "During the night he was visited by a beautiful woman dressed in green who gave him sherbet to drink," he continued....
  • Future not so bright for Iran's [Zoroastrians]

    06/18/2004 3:25:42 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 37 replies · 463+ views
    Yahoo! AFP ^ | 6/17/04 | Yahoo! AFP
    YAZD, Iran (AFP) - In the burning desert north of this ancient Iranian city, the the Islamic republic's last followers of the Zoroastrian religion are making their annual pilgrimage to the temple of Chak-Chak. "We are a species on the road to extinction," laments Babak, a man in his sixties who came from Tehran with his wife for the annual pilgrimage to one of the Zoroastrians' holiest sites -- the rocky peak of Chak-Chak. The site is a 70-kilometer (50-mile) drive from the central Iranian city of Yazd, the historical capital of what many consider to be the world's first...
  • 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...
  • Parsis (Zoroastrians) split over marriage rule

    04/23/2003 8:00:10 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 24 replies · 198+ views
    BBC ^ | 4/21/03 | BBC
    They have decreed that any Parsi man marrying outside the community will cease to be recognised as one of its members. Originally from Iran, the Parsis practice Zorastrianism. There are only 130,000 Parsis left around the world, of whom about 55,000 reside in India's financial capital, Bombay, or Mumbai. New rule Parsi women have for years been threatened with excommunication if they marry outside the community but now this rule has been extended to men. Their families, too, will not be initiated into the community if they marry out of it. The only good thing about this resolution is that...