History and Origin

Zoroastrianism is the Parsi religion which originated from Persia (now modern day Iran). The part of Iran where the prophet Zoroaster, also called Zarathustra, founded it 600 BCE. Zoroastrianism is one of the religions in the world with 4,000 years’ history.

There were two periods in history where Zoroastrianism ruled the following religion for three consecutive dynasties, up to the 7th century CE when the Persians were invaded by the Muslims. Sadly, it was followed by a persecution of Iranian Zoroastrians causing a lot of them to run away to different countries, India among others.

The main followers of Zoroastrianism are based in Iran and among their community living in India. It is a very value based and ethical religion with ideas of good and bad at the center. Zarathustra established a monotheistic belief in the worship of Ahura Mazda, the supreme deity whose essence encompassed wisdom, truth, and righteousness. This conception of the single divine being was extraordinary compared to numerous ancient civilizations that were polytheistic at that time.

Zoroaster’s teachings are built on the notion of a universal war between good and bad, while man has an option of choosing between them. The Parsi faith rests on this moral dualism and commands its adherents to practice virtuous living and impact the society in positive ways.