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Zoroastrianism

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 6:39 PM
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 Zoroastrianism: This religion is in every major comparative religion text book, yet during the 1990s and for a few years thereafter it was actually listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the "major religion nearest extinction." The Zoroastrians (or "Parsis") are sometimes credited with being the first monotheists and having had significant influence in the formation of current, larger world religions. To whatever degree that is true, some observers believed Zoroastrianism was in a precarious state and its position as a "major" contemporary world religion was tenuous. Prior to some increased reforms, most Zoroastrians did not believe in allowing conversion. They had even stricter rules than Jews about whether or not children of mixed marriages would be considered Zoroastrians. Until about 2002, most published estimates for the world total of Zoroastrians were 100 to 125 thousand. More recent publications of many major encyclopedias an world alamanacs include population estimates of 2 to 3.5 million. The government of India has actively encouraged the growth of its Zoroastrian population. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and subsequent U.S.-led intervention in the Middle East, the Parsees of Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan have been receiving less persecution than before, and have been less reticent about identifying themselves, and there seems to be an increased respect for and interest in this classical Persian religion which was once one of the largest in the world. The current estimate posted on this page of millions of Zoroastrians in the world (rather than 100,000 to 150,000) is still under evaluation. The number does not represent an exponential explosion the number of actual Zoroastrians (although there has been some growth in numbers), but is a result of re-evaluation of the existing population. The majority of the world's Zoroastrians are Parsees who now thought to live in the Middle East. Years of suppression under Muslim-dominated cultures and governments has doubtless led to erosion in some aspects of their community, relative to their co-religionists in India and even among expatriate populations in places such as the United States and the United Kingdom - places with far greater levels of continuous religious freedom

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by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 6:39 PM
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AlyssaRob1416
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Historians also believe that a lot of Christianity/Judaism comes from Zoroastrionasim. Some believe that Moses was actually Zoaster. There is no Historical documentation that Moses ever existed, however, the stories of Zoaster and Moses are strikingly similar. it is believed that Judaism was influenced by Zorastrionsim when they were held in captivity in Babylon.

glitterteaz
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 9:28 PM

 interesting this is one religion I had never heard of!

Quoting AlyssaRob1416:

Historians also believe that a lot of Christianity/Judaism comes from Zoroastrionasim. Some believe that Moses was actually Zoaster. There is no Historical documentation that Moses ever existed, however, the stories of Zoaster and Moses are strikingly similar. it is believed that Judaism was influenced by Zorastrionsim when they were held in captivity in Babylon.

 




Clairwil
by Silver Member on Feb. 21, 2010 at 6:35 AM
Quoting glitterteaz:

The Zoroastrians (or "Parsis") are sometimes credited with being the first monotheists and having had significant influence in the formation of current, larger world religions.

Yes, they were enormously influential.

http://zoroastrians.net/2008/08/15/did-zoroastrianism-influence-christianity/

http://www.zarathushtra.com/z/article/influenc.htm


mamapaparazzi
by Gold Member on Feb. 21, 2010 at 7:01 AM

Never heard of it.

TheJerseyGirl
by on Feb. 21, 2010 at 7:03 AM

Me neither!

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