The Ethical Religion of Zoroaster

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CHAPTER XXXII RESURRECTION AND THE LAST JUDGMENT

"THE dead shall rise, life shall return to the bodies and they shall breathe again."

Thus says one of the Nasks (Westergard's Fragments, c. IV, 3) concerning the resurrection of the dead, which was taught by the later Zoroastrian scriptures, notwithstanding their pristine doctrine that the soul survives, which appears to make it unnecessary to follow with a further account.

There is not very much about this in the most ancient of the Zoroastrian scriptures and the little there is might be glosses added at later date, or be susceptible of other explanation, except that Saöshyant is mentioned.

It is a most singular view for those who practice destruction of the body by beasts and birds, to hold; and it may be inferred that it came from the Egyptians after the Persians by their conquests came into contact with the already very ancient civilization, especially as there is little evidence of it in the Gathas.

Resurrection was prophesied to take place at the end of the world; in consequence of which the Dadistani-Dinik (c. XXXV, 1, 2) asks and answers the following question:

"'Doth this world become quite without men, so that there is no bodily existence in it, whatever, and then shall they produce the resurrection, or how is it?'

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