The original religion of Iran is Zoroastrianism and was founded by Zarathustra, who was a priest in Persia. He lived between 1,700 BCE and 600 BCE. He disagreed with worshipping various gods or spirits also known as Polytheism. Instead he started worshipping Ahura Mazda also called the wise god because wisdom is the result of truth, order, righteousness and justice. It takes a good mind to be a wise person. He preached that people should try to think good, do good deeds and use good words. At that time the King of Iran, Vishtapa, who belonged to the Kaynian Dynasty, was impressed with his teachings and became a great follower of his.
Zoroastrianism soon started spreading and flourished for nearly 1,000 years after that. Even today the remnants of this religion are alive and the adherents are known as Parsis.
The Parsis came from different regions of Iran. Some were from Khorasan which is a northeastern province of Iran. They migrated because of the Arab invasion and they came to Sanjan in Gujarat, India. It is here that they were called Parsis for the first time. Over the next 100 decades several Parsis migrated to India because of religious persecution in Iran. They adopted as the country as their homeland and that is where today most of them live.
Zoroastrianism is called a monotheistic religion because the belief is in a supreme god called Ahura Mazda. The power of god exists in one soul and will destroy evil and is stronger. There are three important commandments in Zoroastrianism and they are entertain good thoughts, do good deeds and speak good words.
The religion also believes in life after death and says that people who have done the right deeds get heaven and people who have done evil deeds will face hell. The religion promises a golden life to all through its virtues. It has many morals for everyone to adapt to. For the Zoroastrians fire is the symbol of purity and they worship fire by building temples. The main form of Zoroastrian worship is offering prayers to Ahura Mazda and they request their god to guide them through a life of virtuousness. The fire temple has a sacred fire burning and sandal wood is offered to create purity in a person’s life. The sandal wood is believed to create sacred flames, and to purify, the people apply cold ashes obtained from the fire to their forehead. It also indicates humility. Fire is used in all important Zoroastrian ceremonies.
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