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The Teachings of the Magi
A Compendium of Zoroastrian Beliefs

ISBN 9781032148540
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
158 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1956, this book provides a clear, scholarly, introduction to the main tenets of Zoroastrian dualism presented largely in the words of the Zoroastrian texts themselves. The book demonstrates the essential reasonableness of Zoroastrian dualism, which is the dualism of a good and an evil spirit, and to show what the means in everyday life and how it is philosophically justified. There are chapters on cosmology, the relation of man to God, the nature of religion, ethics, sacraments and sacrifice, the soul’s fate at death and eschatology.

Table of Contents

1. A Catechism 2. The Two Primeval Spirits and Creation 3. The Devil’s Onslaught 4. The Necessity of Dualism 5. Man’s First Parents 6. The Good Religion 7. The Good Ethics 8. Sacraments and Sacrifice 9. The Individual Judgement at Death 10. The Resurrection of the Body and Life Everlasting.

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R. C. Zaehner


‘The author has accomplished what all familiar with the intricacies of his subject will recognize as a brilliant tour de force; combining scholarly acumen with imaginative sympathy.’ The Times Literary Supplement.