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The religious system founded by Zoroaster and set forth in the Avesta, teaching the worship of Ahura Mazda in the context of a universal struggle between the forces of light and of darkness.

Zo′ro·as′tri·an adj. & n.


(ˌzɒrəʊˈæstrɪənˌɪzəm) or


(Other Non-Christian Religions) the dualistic religion founded by the Persian prophet Zoroaster in the late 7th or early 6th centuries bc and set forth in the sacred writings of the Zend-Avesta. It is based on the concept of a continuous struggle between Ormazd (or Ahura Mazda), the god of creation, light, and goodness, and his arch enemy, Ahriman, the spirit of evil and darkness, and it includes a highly developed ethical code. Also called: Mazdaism


(ˌzɔr oʊˈæs tri əˌnɪz əm, ˌzoʊr-)

also Zo`ro•as′trism,

an Iranian religion, founded c600 b.c. by Zoroaster, based on beliefs in a supreme deity, Ahura Mazda, and a cosmic struggle between a spirit of good and a spirit of evil.


the doctrines and practices of a dualistic Iranian religion, especially the existence of a supreme deity, Ahura Mazda, and belief in a cosmic struggle between a spirit of good and light and a spirit of evil and darkness. Also called Zoroastrism, Zarathustrism, Mazdaism. — Zoroastrian, n., adj.
See also: Religion
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Zoroastrianism - system of religion founded in Persia in the 6th century BC by ZoroasterZoroastrianism - 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)
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
Parseeism, Parsiism - the faith of a Zoroastrian sect in India
Ahura - (Zoroastrianism) title for benevolent deities
Avestan - of or pertaining to the Avesta (sacred text of Zoroastrianism)


[ˌzɒrəʊˈæstrɪənˌɪzəm] Nzoroastrismo m
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It has become commonplace in the suq, in gatherings of people, and in every cafe, and it is sold everywhere, most of its buyers being Christians, Mazdeans, and others.
These include the religious traditions of the pre-Islamic ("jahiliyyah") Arabs; Mazdeans in Mesopotamia, Iran and Transoxania; Christians (of different communions such as Nestorians in Mesopotamia and Iran; Monophysites in Syria, Egypt and Armenia; Orthodox Melkites in Syria, Orthodox Christianity in North Africa); Jews in various places; Samaritans in Palestine; Mandaeans in south Mesopotamia; Harranians in north Mesopotamia; Manichaeans in Mesopotamia and Egypt; Buddhists and Hindus in Sind; tribal religions in Africa; pre-Islamic Turkic tribes; Buddhists in Sind and the Panjab; and Hindus in the Panjab.
If the Tibetans were indeed using Amanita then they would have possibly managed to retain the essence of the homa/soma (homa is agnihotra, a fire ritual, and not to become confused with the haoma entheogen of the Mazdeans and Zoroastrians though they are related) with the fire rite.