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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.
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(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
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(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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Scholars of Zoroastrianism have been quick to dismiss the Zand as a product of medieval magi who poorly comprehended the Avestan language. Shaked, on the other hand, makes a highly relevant observation - that the Zand's divergence was not due to mere ignorance but to a "process of free elaboration and interpretation, sometimes taking the form of allegory, as in the Jewish midrash" (p.
Kellens revises some of the views expressed in his much-quoted "Considerations sur l'histoire de l'Avesta" (JA 286.2 [1998]: 451-519) and suggests now that these long and short liturgies must have started to take shape during the period of composition in the Avestan language, as scattered references to them may be detected in some of the Yasts.
From Ancient Iran, the only extant documents in the Avestan language are the Avestan scriptures, the sacred Writings of Zarathustra the prophet.