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.
- 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.
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- 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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