Zoroastrianism

Zoroastrianism

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  • Founder of the religion
  • I am Zoroaster, of Persia, & founder of the religion.
  • Facts about the religion
  • I am Angra Mainyu. I represent the forces of chaos & evil.
  • I am Ahura Mazda, the creator of good.
  • How people in the religion should live their lives or the afterlife they could expect
  • Bridge of the Separator
  • Founded by Zoroaster, a Persian priest who lived ~ 1700 – 600 BC.He received a revelation; the world was ruled by one God. He went on to spend his life preaching his revelation and converting the peoples of Iran (Persia) and Iraq (Babylonia).
  • Where this religion started off and grew most popular
  • Zoroastrians believe that that there is one supreme god, Ahura Mazda, the "Creator of Order and Light" who represents all that is good. Angra Mainyu is the opposite and equal of Ahura Mazda, he represents all things chaotic and bad. People must ally themselves with Ahura Mazda against the forces of darkness. Zoroastrianism is a monotheistic faith.
  • Some effects this religion has had on the modern world.
  • MOTTOGood Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds
  • Zoroastrians believe that individuals are responsible for their own souls and their fate in the afterlife is determined by the good and evil deeds they perform while they are alive. They believe that their soul is accompanied by a “guardian spirit (angel)” to the Bridge of the Separator (bridge of judgment) where good deeds are weighed against evil deeds. The good go to heaven and the bad go to hell.
  • The current leadership of this religion, if it exists.
  • Zoroastrianism began in Iran (Persia) and Iraq (Babylonia). Today almost 200,000 people practice this religion in India (mostly in Mumbai), and also in parts of Iran, the USA, and Canada.
  • The main characteristics of Zoroastrianism, such as messianism, heaven and hell, and free will are said to have influenced other religious systems, including Second Temple Judaism, Gnosticism, Christianity, and Islam. The religion states that active participation in life through good deeds is necessary to ensure happiness and to keep chaos at bay.
  • In Zoroastrianism, fire is a symbol of God’s divine light. 
  • Today Zoroastrianism can be divided into two main schools of thought: reformists and traditionalists. Traditionalists are mostly Parsis. There are three principal levels of Zoroastrian priests, Ervad (in India) or Herbad (in Iran), Mobed and Dastur.
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