ZOROASTRIANISM

Zarathustra lived around the 13th century BCE in Iran. He taught that people should choose between the opposing forces of good and evil. His teachings were highly influential on later religions.

WHAT MAKES A PARSI?

Zoroastrianism was the official religion of the Persian Empire. When that empire fell, some of its followers, after a period of much religious persecution, moved to India, where they became known as Parsis (“people from Persia”). Young Parsis are initiated into the faith at the age of seven, in a ceremony called Navjote.

HOW DO PARSIS WORSHIP?

Zoroastrian religious buildings are called Fire Temples. Zoroastrians perform prayer rituals before a sacred fire, where incense and sandalwood are burned. This is believed to represent the god Ahura Mazda, source of light and life. Zarathustra’s teachings are read or sung from the sacred Avesta scripture.

FARAVAHAR

This symbol, known as the faravahar, represents the immortal human soul, and by extension the Zoroastrian religion. Its human face indicates its connection to humankind.

Copyright © 2007 Dorling Kindersley

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Join BIC on our mission to save handwriting and Fight For Your Write! Writing helps kids become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity. Visit BICFightForYourWrite.com to sign our petition to save handwriting!

7 Tips for Reading Aloud to Babies & Toddlers
The AAP advises reading aloud to babies and toddlers because it boosts brain power and has many other benefits. Get some tips for making the most of story time with your tot!

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

How to Survive Summer Boredom
When the kids are home all day, every day, summer boredom strikes hard and fast. Learn the best summer boredom busters and tips for surviving until September.

12 Birthday Party Favors that Won't Get Thrown Away
The next time you're planning a birthday, forgo the penny candy and cheap toys. Send your guests home with one of these fun and creative party favor ideas!