Zoroastrianism

Zoroastrianism

by Paula R. Hartz, Paula Hartz
     
 
Young readers will learn about the world's smallest (approximately 150,000 practitioners) and oldest (3,500 years) world religion. The book begins by exploring the basic principles and uniqueness of Zoroastrianism, then talks about its history, its Avesta (holy book), its transitions over time, its philosophies, and its rituals and rites of passage. The book

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Young readers will learn about the world's smallest (approximately 150,000 practitioners) and oldest (3,500 years) world religion. The book begins by exploring the basic principles and uniqueness of Zoroastrianism, then talks about its history, its Avesta (holy book), its transitions over time, its philosophies, and its rituals and rites of passage. The book concludes by exploring the internal and external problems that must be solved in order to keep the religion alive.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-These attractive volumes are readable and well organized. They have comprehensive introductions and conclude with current practices and a look to the future. Zoroastrianism discusses the religion's history, scripture, philosophy, ethics, and rituals. African Religion covers the oral tradition, beliefs about God and the spirit world, rites, sacred places, and mystical forces. Both books have glossaries (but no pronunciation guides), minimal chapter notes, and lists for further reading. Unfortunately, they also have internal inconsistencies and are occasionally confusing. The abbreviations B.C.E. and C.E. are used with no explanation of their meaning. Both titles suffer from inadequate maps. And, while they cover the "big picture" well, there is little sense of how the religions are practiced on a daily basis. However, since little is available for teens on Zoroastrianism and traditional African religions, these may be useful purchases where world religions are of interest.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816038770
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Series:
World Religions Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.64(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

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