The Ethical Religion of Zoroaster

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CHAPTER VI CREATION OF THE WORLD AND PRIMITIVE AGES

"THE first of God's ( Ahura Mazda's) creations in the world was the firmament and Good Mind, by a benign process produced light for the world, which was joined unto the good religion of the followers of God; this was because the renovation that is to come unto all creatures, was known unto him. Then followed Right, Dominion, Piety, Well-Being and Immortality."

Thus speaks the Bundahis (c. I, 25, 26) concerning the order of spiritual creation; and follows it with this account of the order of creation upon the earth (28):

"Of the creations of God ( Ahura Mazda) in the world, the first was the sky; the second, water; the third, soil; the fourth, plants; the fifth, animals; the sixth, mankind."1

There were therefore six periods in both the celestial, and the mundane, creation.

The Vendidad ( Fargard I, 3) records of the order of creation, that:

"The first of the good lands and countries which I, God ( Ahura Mazda), created, was the Aïryana Vaëgo 2 beside the Vanguhi Daïïtya. . . "

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The closeness to the creation as set forth in Genesis is remarkable.
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Aïyana Vaëgo is regarded the ancient seat of the Iranians where Zoroaster lived and founded his religion. It is supposed to have been near Balkh, a ruined city, lying near the northern border of what is now the Afghan Turkestan near the Oxus river. The Vanguhi Daïtya has been variously identified as the Oxus, the Arras or the Tigris river.

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