The Daēva Cult in the Gāthās

The Daēva Cult in the Gāthās

Author: Amir Ahmadi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317537441

Category: Religion

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Addressing the question of the origins of the Zoroastrian religion, this book argues that the intransigent opposition to the cult of the daēvas, the ancient Indo-Iranian gods, is the root of the development of the two central doctrines of Zoroastrianism: cosmic dualism and eschatology (fate of the soul after death and its passage to the other world). The daēva cult as it appears in the Gāthās, the oldest part of the Zoroastrian sacred text, the Avesta, had eschatological pretentions. The poet of the Gāthās condemns these as deception. The book critically examines various theories put forward since the 19th century to account for the condemnation of the daēvas. It then turns to the relevant Gāthic passages and analyzes them in detail in order to give a picture of the cult and the reasons for its repudiation. Finally, it examines materials from other sources, especially the Greek accounts of Iranian ritual lore (mainly) in the context of the mystery cults. Classical Greek writers consistently associate the nocturnal ceremony of the magi with the mysteries as belonging to the same religious-cultural category. This shows that Iranian religious lore included a nocturnal rite that aimed at ensuring the soul’s journey to the beyond and a desirable afterlife. Challenging the prevalent scholarship of the Greek interpretation of Iranian religious lore and proposing a new analysis of the formation of the Hellenistic concept of ‘magic,’ this book is an important resource for students and scholars of History, Religion and Iranian Studies.
The Daēva Cult in the Gāthās
Language: en
Pages: 342
Authors: Amir Ahmadi
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-04-10 - Publisher: Routledge

Addressing the question of the origins of the Zoroastrian religion, this book argues that the intransigent opposition to the cult of the daēvas, the ancient Indo-Iranian gods, is the root of the development of the two central doctrines of Zoroastrianism: cosmic dualism and eschatology (fate of the soul after death
The Daeva Cult in the Gathas
Language: en
Pages: 342
Authors: Amir Ahmadi
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-12-12 - Publisher: Routledge

Addressing the question of the origins of the Zoroastrian religion, this book argues that the intransigent opposition to the cult of the daēvas, the ancient Indo-Iranian gods, is the root of the development of the two central doctrines of Zoroastrianism: cosmic dualism and eschatology (fate of the soul after death
The Daēva Cult in the Gāthās
Language: en
Pages: 342
Authors: Amir Ahmadi
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-04-10 - Publisher: Routledge

Addressing the question of the origins of the Zoroastrian religion, this book argues that the intransigent opposition to the cult of the daēvas, the ancient Indo-Iranian gods, is the root of the development of the two central doctrines of Zoroastrianism: cosmic dualism and eschatology (fate of the soul after death
The Daēva Cult in the Gāthās
Language: en
Pages: 790
Authors: Amir Ahmadi
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher:

Who were the daēvas that the poet of the Gāthās so vehemently opposed, and why did he condemn them? I will argue in this thesis that as far as our evidence allows us to judge they were the deities which presided over the fate of the soul and its passage
The Revolutionary Guards in Iranian Politics
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Bayram Sinkaya
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-06-19 - Publisher: Routledge

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has been dubbed the ‘kingmaker’ in recent studies of Iranian politics, precipitating heated debates surrounding the potential militarization of the Iranian regime and giving rise to paradoxical understandings of the IRGC; whether as a military institution entering politics, or a political institution with a