Zoroastrianism



an Iranian religion, founded c600 b.c. by Zoroaster, the principal beliefs of which are in the existence of a supreme deity, Ahura Mazda, and in a cosmic struggle between a spirit of good, Spenta Mainyu, and a spirit of evil, Angra Mainyu.
Contemporary Examples

The first entry is “Abracadabra,” which at one time was an ancient code used by Egyptian priests, and ends with “Zoroastrianism.”
The Craziest Religions Benyamin Cohen July 23, 2010

Historical Examples

He was also greatly influenced by Platonism and Zoroastrianism.
The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3 Various

They are akin to the Rakshasas of India or the arch-demons of Zoroastrianism.
Myths & Legends of Babylonia & Assyria Lewis Spence

This legend offers difficulties but it shows that Multan was regarded as a centre of Zoroastrianism.
Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3) Charles Eliot

The whole theory has close parallels in Zoroastrianism and is also a natural development of ideas already existing in India.
Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3) Charles Eliot

It was long the centre of Zoroastrianism, and was also an important Buddhist centre.
The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3 Various

Zoroastrianism has never advanced to any important extent beyond the boundaries of its native land.
Introduction to the History of Religions Crawford Howell Toy

The Magi took advantage of it to attempt a substitution of Magism for Zoroastrianism as the religion of the state.
The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 5. (of 7): Persia George Rawlinson

To a slight extent it corrupted Zoroastrianism; but, on the whole, from the date of the fall of Babylon it declined.
The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 5. (of 7): Persia George Rawlinson

The opposition of good and evil is most fully carried out in Zoroastrianism.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 3 Various

noun
the dualistic religion founded by the Persian prophet Zoroaster in the late 7th or early 6th centuries bc and set forth in the sacred writings of the Zend-Avesta. It is based on the concept of a continuous struggle between Ormazd (or Ahura Mazda), the god of creation, light, and goodness, and his arch enemy, Ahriman, the spirit of evil and darkness, and it includes a highly developed ethical code Also called Mazdaism
n.

1854, from Zoroastrian + -ism.

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