Compare and Contrast

Zoroastrianism, another name for the Parsi religion, has changed and adapted over time.

1. Historical Importance:
Past: Zoroastrianism was the major religion in the area for many years when it emerged in ancient Persia (modern-day Iran) in the sixth century BCE.
Present: Known as Parsis, the majority of Zoroastrians are presently found in India. They left their home country of captivity and moved to India in the eighth century CE.

2. Beliefs and Teachings:
Past: The worship of Ahura Mazda, the ultimate god, and the conflict between good and evil forces were central to early Zoroastrianism. It placed a strong emphasis on telling the truth, acting morally, and keeping oneself pure.
Present: The core ideas of Zoroastrianism are still relevant today, emphasizing the benefits of upright deeds, words, and thoughts. However, different cultures and individuals may have distinct interpretations and practices.

3. Customs and Traditions:

Past: Zoroastrians engaged in complex rites and ceremonies that included animal sacrifices, fire worship, and purifying rites. Religious rituals were centered around what were known as fire temples. 

Present: Animal sacrifices are no longer performed, while Zoroastrianism still places a high value on fire. Prayers are said in front of a sacred fire at fire temples, which are still significant places of worship. Weddings, funerals, and the Navjote (initiation ceremony) are examples of further rituals.