Monthly Archives: February 2018

Spenta Armaiti, the divine feminine in Zoroastrianism, the guardian of the sacred earth and women


February 18-19 marks the festival of Speñtá Ármaiti, the Immortal or the genius of the “sacred meditation, right thinking, the divine feminine” in Zoroastrianism. She is the guardian of good earth and women. It was to Her that Artaxerxes II prayed for … Continue reading

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The great gift of fire, and the Zoroastrian winter festival of sadeh


Forty days after winter solstice celebrations, at the height of the freezing cold and frost, the great festival of sadeh is celebrated in the Zoroastrian calendar. The festival of sadeh celebrates the longer daylight, and the discovery of fire. It … Continue reading

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Zoroastrian sky burial, and Towers of Silence


The ancient Zoroastrian method of disposal of the dead is SKY BURIAL. The corpse is placed on a mountaintop to be eaten by carrion birds/vultures, while it is exposed to the rays of the sun and stars. In Zoroastrianism, death, decay … Continue reading

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Meaning of the name Buddha, and “Spiritual Awakening” before the Great Battle in the Gathas of Zarathustra


Buddha literally means the “Awakened One,” and comes from a root that is Widespread and Old in Indo European speech. The reconstructed root in Proto Indo European is *bheudh. Cognates include Avestan baôδaiti “wake up to, understand,” Vedic bódhati “awake,” … Continue reading

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