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The Sih-Rozag in Zoroastrianism
A Textual and Historico-Religious Analysis

ISBN 9780415812320
Published December 23, 2013 by Routledge
368 Pages

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Book Description

Focusing on the Avestan and Pahlavi versions of the Sīh-rōzag, a text worshipping Zoroastrian divine entities, this book explores the spiritual principles and physical realities associated with them.

Introducing the book is an overview of the structural, linguistic and historico-religious elements of the Avestan Sīh-rōzag. This overview, as well as reconstructing its approximate chronology, helps in understanding the original ritual function of the text and its relationship to the other Avestan texts.The book then studies the translation of the text in the Middle Persian language, Pahlavi, which was produced several centuries after its initial composition, when Avestan was no longer understood by the majority of the Zoroastrian community.

Addressing the lacuna in literature examining an erstwhile neglected Zoroastrian text, The Sih-Rozag in Zoroastrianism includes a detailed commentary and an English translation of both the Avestan and Pahlavi version of the Sīh-rōzag and will be of interest to researchers and scholars of Iranian Studies, Religion, and History.

Table of Contents

1 General notes on the Sih-Rozag 2 The Manuscript Tradition 3 Edition and Translation 4 Commentary

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Enrico G. Raffaelli is Professor of theHistory of Zoroastrianism at the University of Toronto. His research concentrates on the pre-Islamic phase of the Zoroastrian religion, with a particular focus on the study of the Avestan and Middle Persian literature.


"It is indeed a fine philological inquiry and should become a standard reference work on that Avestan text among scholars of Iranian languages and of the textual tradition of Zoroastrianism"

Prof Jamsheed K Chosky, Indiana University, Fezana Journal