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Zoroastrian influence upon other faiths and the example of Ashmedai


Aæšm in the poetic gathas and the Avesta is the arch-demon of “wrath, ruin and devastation.” Aæšm comes from the root aēš or aæš “to set into frenzied motion, chaos.” In the Zoroastrian sacred lore aæšm is the opposite of … Continue reading

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The Avestan Champion Archer Araḵš, and Old Norse Berserkr Warriors


The Avestan hymn to Tištar or the Tri-star, recounts the epic story of araḵš or ereḵšö, the champion archer of the Aryans. According to the Avesta, ereḵšö “of the swift arrow, having the swiftest arrow among the Aryans” shot an … Continue reading

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Wojtek, the Iranian Soldier-Bear of Monte Cassino, and the soul of the animals in the poetic Gathas


Recently the History Channel has aired a short story about Wojtek, the Iranian bear soldier of Monte Cassino. The account of RYSZARD ANTOLAK, the Polish writer, poet, and blogger is probably the most heartfelt and accurate of all stories concerning … Continue reading

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Mid Winter Yule and parallels with the Avestan Mid-Year festival


Yule was an indigenous midwinter festival celebrated by the Germanic peoples. Yule-tide fell between what is now mid-November and early January. Similarly, the Avestan Maiδ-yaar literally “mid-year” was/is the second, most sacred Zoroastrian festival after the Vernal Equinox, falling in early January … Continue reading

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The magic of words, binding formulas of the Immortals, and a higher notion for sacred duty in Zoroastrianism


  If art can be called the wondrous re-creation and a new formulation of reality through the lens of human experience, then the magic of words is the greatest achievement of art. Each word is a spell of vision and … Continue reading

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The warrior’s goal “to transcend and overcome limitations” in the poetic gathas and Zoroastrianism


In a previous article we talked about the common term for “battle/combat” in the poetic gathas, and how the word for “battle” ýáh (iáh,) and “warrior” ýáhî (iáhî) actually refers to “heroic struggle/wrestling” and “hero and/or one imbued with the … Continue reading

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Battle in the poetic gathas, ancient Zoroastrianism, and comparison with the Norse einherjar


An inherent sense of struggle for the sublime in the face of the forces of decay is characteristic of Zoroastrianism. Mazdyasna is a faith rooted in the unshakeable will power to “overcome, excel, and transcend,” to unleash/awaken the Titans or … Continue reading

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