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Zoroastrianism Zoroastrianism was founded by the Persian prophet and priest Zarathushtra or Zoroaster which is the Greek translation of his name Some believe that Zoroaster lived in what is now western Iran between 628-551 BC Others think he came from central Asia sometime between 1700 to 1500 BC Another theory states he came from north-eastern Iran in the sixth century BC a few years before the Buddha Yet others believe he existed over three thousand years ago However scholars say he lived during the transition from the Stone age to the Bronze Age around the thirteenth century BC Cavendish 125 Zoroaster is thought to be the very first monotheist His teachings include the concept on one god Ahura Mazda heaven and hell the coming of a savior figure the resurrection of the dead and a last judgment Clarke 121 It is said by Zoroaster that God came to him in a revelation and told him the truth about god and man According to the Zoroastrian religion Zoroaster at the age of thirty went to a nearby river at dawn to get some water When he arrived at the river he saw a bright light that brought him to god It is said that god spoke to Zoroaster and gave him a message He told Zoroaster that he is Ahura Mazda Wise Lord the only god Cavendish 126 At first Zoroasters beliefs were rejected but he managed to convert an Iranian king Vishtospa After that Zoroastrianism spread all through Iran and other countries Zoroastrians believe Ahura Mazda is the principal of good light order virtue and truthCavendish 128 Ahura Mazda is responsible for every positive aspect of the world However they also believe that Ahura Mazda is not all powerful because there is evil in the world Zoroaster taught his followers that Ahura Mazda made this world in order to bring about the destruction of his adversary the evil spirit Angra MainyuClarke 121 Angra
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