Zoroastrism

Zoroastrianism

[zawr-oh-as-tree-uh-niz-uhm, zohr-]
noun
an Iranian religion, founded c600 b.c. by Zoroaster, the principal beliefs of which are in the existence of a supreme deity, Ahura Mazda, and in a cosmic struggle between a spirit of good, Spenta Mainyu, and a spirit of evil, Angra Mainyu.
Also, Zoroastrism.
Also called Mazdaism.


Origin:
1850–55; Zoroastrian + -ism

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Zoroastrianism or Zoroastrism (ˌzɒrəʊˈæstrɪənˌɪzəm)
 
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Also called: Mazdaism the dualistic religion founded by the Persian prophet Zoroaster in the late 7th or early 6th centuries bc and set forth in the sacred writings of the Zend-Avesta. It is based on the concept of a continuous struggle between Ormazd (or Ahura Mazda), the god of creation, light, and goodness, and his arch enemy, Ahriman, the spirit of evil and darkness, and it includes a highly developed ethical code
 
Zoroastrism or Zoroastrism
 
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