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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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Ragnarök, new age of the Gods, and the account of final resurrection RASTAḴIZ in Zoroastrianism


In Norse mythology, Ragnarök, is the final great battle of the world, in which gods and heroes will fight demons, gloom and forces of darkness. Ragnarök translates into the final “lot, destiny” rök of the rulers/gods ragna. German Götterdämmerung, used … Continue reading

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Magi, the ancient Zoroastrian hereditary Priesthood, and Haplogroups I M170, I P215, and Haplogroup T1a2


The legend of the three “Wise Men or Kings” from the East who supposedly visited the savior child is very popular, and widely accepted in the Christian literature. The three “Wise Men or Kings” were actually Magi, or “hereditary Zoroastrian … Continue reading

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Rune Jera, the Zoroastrian maiδ-yaar festival, and Epiphany


The Zoroastrian maiδ-yaar “mid-year” festival, starts on December 31 and ends on or about January 4th. Maiδ-yaar ranks after Vernal Equinox, as the SECOND MOST FESTIVE and SACRED thanksgiving holiday in the Zoroastrian religious calendar. The Avestan word yaar reminds us … Continue reading

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