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Published by s.n.] in Wellesley Hills [Mass .
Written in English

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Statementby Herbert Pierrepont Houghton.
LC ClassificationsMLCM 90/00307 (B)
The Physical Object
Pagination20 p. ;
Number of Pages20
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2001100M
LC Control Number90888167

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THE Zend-Avesta is the sacred book of the Parsis, that is to say, of the few remaining followers of that religion which feigned over Persia at the time when the second successor of Mohammed overthrew the Sassanian dynasty 1, and which has been called Dualism, or Mazdeism, or Magism, or Zoroastrianism, or Fire-worship, according as its main tenet, or its supreme God 2, or its priests, or .   Properly speaking Avesta is the collection of texts in Avestan, and Zand their translation and commentary in Book Pahlavi. The interest of the book of Avesta is twofold; on the one hand, it transmits to us the first Mazdean speculations and, on the other hand, it contains the only evidence for Avestan, an Old Iranian language which together with Old Persian constitutes the Iranian sub-division . Avesta, the Sacred Book of the Zoroastrians: Khorda Avesta (Book of Common Prayer). Avesta book. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a edition by Muncherjee H /5(1).

  Avesta book. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. (LARGE PRINT EDITION) From Professor Spiegel's German Translation of the Orig /5(11). A section of this Avesta is known as the “Khordeh-Avesta’ which means the “Smaller (i.e. Selected) Avesta”. This is the book of daily prayers of the Zoroastrians. It is a cherished possession of every devoted Zoroastrian household. The Khordeh Avesta is a collection of prayers selected from other major works of extant Avesta literature.   According to a legend preserved in the Book of Arda Viraf, a 3rd or 4th century work, a written version of The Zend Avesta had existed in the palace library of the Achaemenid kings (– BC), but which was then supposedly lost in a fire caused by the troops of Alexander the Great. This is the complete Zend Avesta in English, a Public. Avesta, also called Zend-avesta, sacred book of Zoroastrianism containing its cosmogony, law, and liturgy, the teachings of the prophet Zoroaster (Zarathushtra). The extant Avesta is all that remains of a much larger body of scripture, apparently Zoroaster’s transformation of a very ancient tradition.

The books of the Dinkard cover a variety of topics, provide answers to questions and provide a listing and summary of the 21 books of the recompiled Sassanian Avesta (see Size and Extent below). Another Middle Persian religious text considered to be part of the Zand is an 8th and 9th cent. This book is useful for the later history of the Zoroastrians. The description of Zoroastrianism reflects the author's personal beliefs and should be read with a critical mind and a large dose of sound skepticism. Duchesne-Guillemin, J., , La religion de l’Iran ancien, Paris. Avesta is the holy book of is written in the Avestan Avesta has also been translated into other languages including Farsi and oldest portion, the Ghathas, are the religious songs composed by Zoroaster himself. Other parts of Avesta are named Yasna, Yashts, Visperad, Vendidad and Khordeh are two other religious texts in Zoroastrianism. The Avesta, as we now possess it, is perhaps rather a Prayer -Book than a Bible. The Vendidad, Visperad and Yasna are always recited together, and with their chapters intermingled in the ritual, they might remind one, in fact, of the forms of prayer to - day used in church.