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[German Version] (Pahlavi: abestāg) is the sacred book of the Zoroastrians; many etymologies were suggested for the name of this collection of religious texts; probably it signifies “praise” or “(religious) knowledge.” Avesta literature was orally composed in different periods and places, but the

In: Religion Past and Present Online
Author: Götz König

Iran and the Caucasus 21 (2017) 13-38 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2017 DOI: 10.1163/1573384X-20170103 Bayān Yasn: State of the Art Götz König Freie Universität Berlin Abstract The Nask Bayān, once part of the so called Greater (Sasanian) Avesta, but now lost, be- came a

In: Iran and the Caucasus

plant in Iran, its name “halom” and the fact that all known locations of Turkmenian mandrake match the traces of ancient irrigation in the Sumbar Valley support the hypothesis that Turkmenian mandrake could be the holy plant the ancient Iranians called “Haoma”, repeatedly mentioned in the “Avesta” (the

In: Israel Journal of Plant Sciences
Author: Helia Tavakoli

Introduction Le Zend-Avesta est un livre qui contient des matières religieuses et culturelles d’une époque ancienne de l’empire perse. Anquetil-Duperron, en le traduisant n’éclaire pas seulement les mystères d’une religion ancienne du temps jadis, mais dévoile également l’ancienneté d

In: Oriente Moderno
Author: Ghazzal Dabiri

production of Islamic history? To answer these questions, the present paper first explores the poetics of several narratives of the first mytho-historical Iranian kings as they appear in the aforementioned texts. In conjunction, the paper analyzes the ways in which these men are represented in the Avesta

In: Journal of Persianate Studies
Author: Frantz Grenet

piece of evidence regarding Zoroastrianism in Chorasmia is found in the Avesta, the liturgical book of the Zoroastrians. 1 The country appears only once, under its ancient name Xwārizma , at the very end of the list of “Aryan countries” beheld by the god Mithra when he surges at dawn over Mount Harā

In: Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia
Author: H.-S. Schuster

Sie dient der graphischen Fixierung der heiligen Bücher der Parsen (Avesta), ist jedoch nicht das Ergebnis einer jahrhundertelangen Entwicklung, sondern beruht auf einer «sekundären» Schrifterfindung, und ist vermutlich in Westiran entstanden, sicher noch vor 400 n. Chr. Als Grundlage diente die

In: Lexikon des gesamten Buchwesens Online

KHORDEH AVESTA (Pahlavi xwurdag abistāg; Pers. Ḵorda Avestā) “The Little Avesta,” the name given to collections of Zoroastrian texts used primarily by the laity for everyday devotions. Thus, it excludes the high liturgy of the priestly ritual, namely, the Yasna (q.v.), Visperad, and Vendidād (q

In: Encyclopaedia Iranica Online

[German version] The Avesta script (AS) is only used in the sacred texts written in the Avestic language ( Iranian languages) of the religion founded by Zarathustra (Greek Ζωροάστρης; Zōroástrēs). It was created during the empire of the Sassanids (AD 224-651), using the Pahlavı̄ script as a basis

In: Brill's New Pauly Online
Author: Amir Ahmadi

mazdéenne du sacrifice’. 1 It has been taken up with the delay of a few decades by a number of prominent and prolific scholars of the Avesta. The setting for the reception of Molé’s ‘doctrine’ is the awareness of the central importance of ritual in Zoroastrianism, which has been growing steadily since the

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In: Indo-Iranian Journal