Basics of Zoroastrianism
1. Zoroastrianism was a reformation of prehistoric religions from Indo-Iranian traditions dating back to 2,000 BCE. It was Zoroaster who exalted Ahura Mazda and formalized the religion to a mono-theistic tradition.
Zarathustra is considered to lived around (600-523 BCE)
Death is unknown, says he died at an altar by Turan (Turks) holy war.
Many teachings are taken from Vedic Hinduism date back to 1400 BCE
2. During the Achaemenid Dynasty (648-330 BCE) King of Kings Cyress (600-530 BCE) created the first human rights which on his cylinder. These were the abolishment of slavery and religious freedom. The beginnings of Zoroastrianism are seen trough the Magi, Zurvanists.
Close with 522 BCE Zurvanist revolt with usurper Smerdir posing as Cyress’s son. To be put down by Darius I in 521 BCE
3. After Darius I and other Achaemenid Emperors acknowledge their devotion to Ahura Mazda, the Persian Empire was still allowed religious freedom. At this period of time the Avesta, Zoroastrian sacred texts, and rituals began to flourish.
Free will and Good vs Evil
Monotheistic (apocalyptic ending)
4. Alexander the Great invades Persia 330 BCE
3 Battles with Darius III
During the Invasion of the Capitol Persepolis burns the entire capitol but focuses on Xerxes as
revenge for burning Athens.
The loss of Sacred Texts in this destruction is considered fictious.
5. Sassanid Dynasty 224 CE
Reemergence of Zurvanite Zoroastrianism (Fire Temples spread)
Persecution of Christians (Split with Roman and Eastern Orthodox)
600 CE Arabic and Islamic overthrow.