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The eastern dialect of Old Iranian, in which the Avesta is written.
1. Of or relating to Avestan.
2. Or or relating to the Avesta.


(əˈvɛstən) or


(Languages) the oldest recorded language of the Iranian branch of the Indo-European family; the language of the Avesta. Formerly called: Zend
1. (Other Non-Christian Religious Writings) of or relating to the Avesta or its language
2. (Languages) of or relating to the Avesta or its language


(əˈvɛs tən)

1. the ancient Iranian language in which the Avesta is written.
2. pertaining to the Avesta.
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Noun1.Avestan - an ancient Iranian language
Iranian language, Iranian - the modern Persian language spoken in Iran
2.Avestan - the script in which the ancient Persian language of the Avesta is written
script - a particular orthography or writing system
Adj.1.Avestan - of or pertaining to the Avesta (sacred text of Zoroastrianism)Avestan - of or pertaining to the Avesta (sacred text of Zoroastrianism)
Mazdaism, Zoroastrianism - system of religion founded in Persia in the 6th century BC by Zoroaster; set forth in the Zend-Avesta; based on concept of struggle between light (good) and dark (evil)
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It is also important to keep in mind that the basic perception of the divine among the ancient Iranians was clearly anthropomorphic, both in Avestan society and in the Achaemenid and later periods.
There is also another loanword that seems to have undergone the same vowel development: Fi piima'buttermilk', Est piim'milk'< PFi *pima < *pejma < Aryan *peimen- > Avestan paeman-'mother's milk'(cf.
In the case of the Avestan mantras, the kusti absorbs these powerful vibrations, spreading them in the close environment, to the body and invisible aura of the person wearing it, and through this to the eternal soul.
Avestan can help companies drive sustainable improvements making procurement a source of value and innovation across the enterprise.
Avestan sa}i- means 'to announce', and sasti- is 'word' and 'prescription'.
6) The often bewildering digressions of Schwartz yet link Avestan words with a sense of "burning" or "hard to burn" to many of the same words that associate with haoma and a drink of immortality.
There is Late Avestan kahrk-asa- 'vulture' (see preceding entry); according to Cheung (2007: 168) this is a Wanderwort.
Paradise' entered into English, via Greek, from the ancient Avestan pairidaeza.
Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jews and Zoroastrians did exactly that in Hindi, English, Punjabi, Hebrew and Avestan, a ceremonial language originating in Persia.
This interpretation (Francfort 2005) is based on Avestan religious texts or hymns that refer to exposure (Boyce 1975; 1982).
A final etymological gesture, then, that ends by bringing this line of argument back to its beginning: paradise comes from the Avestan word paridaeza, or enclosure, meaning the enclosure or park of the king--an enclosure which, as A.
7) The book he wrote on the subject (1843) was unfortunately based mainly on the Avestan book of Vendidad, whereas later scholars showed that the most authentic teachings of Zoroaster are in the Gathas.