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Zoroastrianism is considered to be one of the earliest monotheistic religions Zoroastrianism was founded by Zarathustra in the 6th century BC Zarathustra was a Persian prophet who at the age of 30 believed he had seen visions of God whom he called Ahura Mazda the creator of all that is good and who alone is worthy of worship1 Although Zoroastrians believe in one god the dualism and constant battle of good and evil is the most important aspect of this religion One must know more about the history of Zoroastrianism before they try to understand the dualism of itThe Zoroastrian religion is based around the one god Ahura Mazda or Wise Lord Ahura Mazda is called Wise Lord because he has a close connection between wisdom and the Zoroastrian worship The Wise Lords wisdom is symbolized by light while the worship of Zoroastrians is centered on light such as the sun fire or a lamp Zoroastrians pray in front of these sources of light in order to establish a connection between gtg and mng Mng and gtg are two parallel worlds thought forth by Ahura Mazda The first of these worlds is considered the spiritual world while the second is called the physical world Together these two worlds make up the order of the universe in which Ahura Mazda is the eternal source of light in both worldsWhen Ahura Mazda created the world two opposing forces were formed These cosmic twins are Spenta Mainyu a Holy Entity and Angra Mainyu a Hostile Entity This is where the dualism and battle between good and evil in Zoroastrianism begins In the physical world these twins represent the Truth and the Lie Angra Mainyu is the chief force of cosmic and psychological darkness while Spenta Mainyu is the prime manifestation of Ahura Mazds cosmic and psychological illumination pg 692 Spenta Mainyu has Amesha Spentas or Life-Giving Immortals who aid it in its fight against the evil Angra Maunyu
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