The Epic of Kings, Hero Tales of Ancient Persia

The Epic of Kings, Hero Tales of Ancient Persia

Firdausi

The Shahnameh, (“The Book/Epic of Kings”), is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Firdausi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of Greater Iran. It is the world’s longest poem written by a single poet. It tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of the Persian Empire from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century.

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The Zend-Avesta Part 2

The Zend-Avesta Part 2

James Darmesteter

Volume XXIII of The Sacred Books Of The East series, this is Part 2 of the translation of the Zend Avesta, comprising of the Sirozahs, the Yasts and the Niyayis. It contains a number of prayers to the different deities, such as Mithra, and also to the sun, moon, etc.

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The Zend-Avesta Part 1

The Zend-Avesta Part 1

James Darmesteter

Volume IV of the Sacred Books of The East series, this is Part 1 of the ancient Zoroastrian text, the Zend Avesta and this part covers the Venidad. In the introduction, you can read about the discovery of the Zend Avesta, the interpretation, the formation and the origin of it, and the Avesta religion. The book then moves on to the actual translation of the sacred text.

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The Teachings of Zoroaster

The Teachings of Zoroaster

S. A. Kapadia

This short book is comprised of selected teachings of Zoroaster (Zarathustra). The author himself was a member of the Indian Zoroastrian community. The teachings in the book cover Commandments for the Body and Soul, the Soul’s destination, a Gatha hymn, prayer of Kem Na Mazda, prayer of Ormuzd Yast, the creation of the world and God’s warning to Yima.

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The Parsi Religion

The Parsi Religion

John Wilson

The full title of this rather large book is “The Parsi Religion as contained in the Zand Avesta and propounded and defended by the Zoroastrians of India and Persia, unfolded, refuted and contrasted with Christianity”. Subjects include a study of the Parsi religion, notions of the Godhead, the worship of the elements and the prophetic mission of Zoroaster.

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The Pahlavi Texts Part 1 and Part 2

The Pahlavi Texts Part 1 and Part 2

E. W. West

Volume XI of the Sacred Books Of The East series, this book covers Parts I and II of the ancient Pahlavi texts. Part I of the texts include The Bundahis, Bahman Yast and Shayast La-Shayast. Part II covers The Dadistan-I Dinik and The Epistles of Manuskihar. With extensive introductions on the Parsi scriptures and the Pahlavi language and literature.

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