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Zoroastrianism is an ancient Aryan religion that
originated in Persia more than 2500 years ago.
Though it has relatively few adherents, less than
one hundred and thirty thousand in the whole world,
it is one of the oldest religions. Zoroaster was the
founder of Zoroastrianism, also commonly known
as Parsi-ism. It is also known as the religion of fire
worshippers and Magianism.


Parsi Scriptures consist of Dasatir and Vesta or
Zend-Avesta. Dasatir is further divided into two parts:
Khurda Dasatir and Kalan Dasatir.


Avesta is further divided into Khurda Avesta and Kalan Avesta also known
as Zend or Maha-Zend.


The religious scriptures of the Parsis are found in two languages:
Pahlawi (Pahlawi script resembles the present Persian script) and Zendi.
Besides these two scripts, some religious literature is found in cuneiform writing.


Some Parsis consider the Zend Avesta to be more authentic than the Dasatir
while the others consider Dasatir to be more authentic.

Zend Avesta is divided into three parts:



The first part contains Vendid.


The second part contains Sirozahs, Yashts and Nyays.


The third part contains Gathas, Yasha, Visparad, Afrinagan Gahs and miscellaneous.


DASATIR:


Dasatir means a book of ten parts: ‘Das’ meaning 'ten' and ‘tir’ meaning ‘a part’.
Dasatir is also the plural of Dastur, which means law or religious code.



Don't forget to read more about Zoroastrianism

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About Liaqat Qazi

Student of BA in Islamic Studies at the Islamic Online University. Can be reached at @LiaqatQazi
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