The Treasure of the Magi: A Study of Modern Zoroastrianism

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BOOK I. ZOROASTRIANISM

CHAPTER 1
ZOROASTER AND THE PARSIS

I praise the good Mazdayasnian religion, which is the religion given by God to Zoroaster.--PARSI CREED.1

A FEW explanatory pages seem to be needed before we proceed to details, since it is found in experience that the subject of this book is very little known. Zoroaster--who in these pages will be called by his own name Zarathushtra, rather than by its Graeco-Roman form--is dimly identified as a storied Eastern Sage who taught fire-worship and dualism, that is the division of the world between Ormazd ( Ahura Mazdah) and Ahriman (Angra Mainyu), the Good and the Evil Powers, equal and co-eternal. This may as well be stated here, since the student will not find either fire-worship or dualism among the tenets of the Parsis as expounded below. The name of the Prophet Zoroaster will be associated by some with a romance by Marion Crawford, by more with the ravings of a dangerous lunatic named Nietzsche, who impudently fathered on 'Zarathustra' doctrines which have been the undoing of the country from which they came, and would perhaps have poisoned other lands had not the war revealed them in their true light. To the mythical Zoroaster of Crawford and of Nietzsche may be added the equally mythical figure of the later Parsi tradition, some of whose features reappear in Greek and Roman writers. It will not therefore surprise the reader of the only English translation of the

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