Historical Who is Who

ZOROASTER

c 1200 BCE
IRAN
RELIGION

Prophet-priest of the Zoroastrian/Parsee tradition, whose dating has ranged from 6000 to 600 BCE; scholars’ current dating is based on parallels between his writing and the contemporary Indo-Iranian tradition (especially as in the Rig Veda). Hymns or Gathas, collectively known as Yasna are the main source for his beliefs and values. He taught that there is a continuing struggle between the forces of Good and Evil, brought home to him in a vision he had of the Wise Lord, Ahura Mazda. There is an everyday need requiring strong resistance destructive powers in life. Choosing well in the light of conscience is vital for future of life within the world and beyond. He was continually faced with opposition from established traditional interests.

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