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A Persian Stronghold of Zoroastrianism: Based on the Ratanbai Katrak Lectures, 1975

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Published originally in 1977 by Oxford University Press, this book contains the fruits of a year spent by the author in the Zoroastrian village of Sharifibad in Iran. What is recorded sheds new light on many Zoroastrian customs and ceremonies, and these in their turn illumine the beliefs of Zoroastrianism, which is not only the oldest but also the most influential of the revealed religions of the world, having contributed greatly to later Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Contents: The Village of the Two ...

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Overview

Published originally in 1977 by Oxford University Press, this book contains the fruits of a year spent by the author in the Zoroastrian village of Sharifibad in Iran. What is recorded sheds new light on many Zoroastrian customs and ceremonies, and these in their turn illumine the beliefs of Zoroastrianism, which is not only the oldest but also the most influential of the revealed religions of the world, having contributed greatly to later Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Contents: The Village of the Two "Cathedral Fires"; The Worship of Ohrmazd and the Creations; Some Individual Rites of Piety and Charity; Sacred Fires and Empty Shrines; The Laws and Rites of Purity; Death and the Mysteries of the Dog; The Spring New Year and the Hundredth-Day Feast; Some Rites of Expiation and Comfort for the Living and the Dead; The Festivals of All Souls and the Religious New Year. Co-published with the Persian Heritage Foundation.

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Editorial Reviews

Bibliotheca Orientalis
The book hardly needs a renewed recommendation: its thoroughness, its vivid descriptions and the author's profound preoccupation with her subject make it a necessary part of every Iranological book-collection.
Bibliotheca Orientalis - Jamsheed K. Choksy
Scholars and students of Iranian studies, Zoroastrianism, anthropology, ethnology, and religious studies should be pleased that this unique and fascinating study by Mary Boyce has been reissued. Unlike many books on the Zoroastrians and their beliefs, this volume bears the imprint of careful research conducted in person among the people it represents. ...an indispensable book on observations concerning the beliefs of twentieth-century Zoroastrians in Iran.
Bibliotheca Orientalis - J. R. Hinnells
I am truly delighted that Mary Boyce's book...is being re-issued....written in a lively, thoughtful and engaging style....There can be no doubt that in this and subsequent works Mary Boyce has changed the nature of scholarly discussion on the study of Zoroastrianism, the world's oldest prophetic religion. It is a magesterial volume, of interest to students and scholars alike.
Bibliotheca Orientalis - Professor Gernot L. Windfuhr
This record by the dean of Zoroastrian Studies of her experiences and insights into the living faith of the Zoroastrians in one of the last remaining centers of that religion in Iran will stand as a lasting document and monument.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819175298
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 11/17/1989
  • Series: Persian Studies
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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