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Pronunciation: /ˌzôrōˈastrēəˌnizəm/


A monotheistic pre-Islamic religion of ancient Persia founded by Zoroaster in the 6th century bc.

According to the teachings of Zoroaster, the supreme god, named Ahura Mazda, created twin spirits, one of which chose truth and light, the other untruth and darkness. Later writings present a more dualistic cosmology in which the struggle is between Ahura Mazda (Ormazd) and the evil spirit Ahriman. The scriptures of Zoroastrianism are the Zend-Avesta. The language survives in isolated areas of Iran and in India, where its followers are known as Parsees.

Example sentences
  • Aryan invaders of the second century B.C. established Zoroastrianism as the dominant religion in the area, lending the people their distinctive ethnic heritage as well as their name.
  • The prophet Zoroaster introduced Zoroastrianism to Persia.
  • Buddhism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and to some extent Jainism came from Hinduism.



Pronunciation: /ˌzôrōˈastrēən/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • My grandma taught me Zoroastrian and Persian melodies as well as the basic Zoroastrian prayers, Avesta.
  • According to one version of the myth - perhaps heretical for most Zoroastrians - Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu were both born of Zurvan, or Time.
  • Mitra, an important god connected with vows and covenants is also mentioned in the Zoroastrian pantheon under his Greco-Iranian name Mithras.

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Syllabification: Zo·ro·as·tri·an·ism

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