The Ethical Religion of Zoroaster

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CHAPTER XXIV MAN'S RIGHTS IN EATING AND DRINKING

THE Zoroastrian scriptures are extraordinarily silent concerning habits of eating or of drinking, except that so far is fasting from being enjoined that it is roundly condemned as evil. Yet it is said that before the millennium mankind will gradually wean itself from eating until able to subsist without it.

There is no food, fit for human consumption, that is treated as taboo.

Since conversation and gayety usually go with feasting, it may well be that the following from the Dadistan-i-Dinik, if well enforced, rendered all other expostulations unnecessary:

"It is commanded, before eating, when the mouth is not soiled with food, that the mouth proceed to utter a silent prayer of praise. Thereafter, being duly seated and having duly eaten, one is to cleanse the mouth with a toothpick and water; and, at the close of the meal, before speaking, the praise of sacred beings is again celebrated by the mouth so cleansed. And between the grace before eating and the grace after eating, one is not to speak and if during the meal the mouth shall utter a word, the grace to be said, before eating and after, must be repeated. Every individual organ hath one function but two functions are connected with the mouth, speaking and eating; and because so connected, they are antagonistic, one to the

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