Zarathustra was the first prophet of Iran. He had three main rules that he based correct living on: Behave well, speak well, and act well. He helped the poor.



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Zarathustra (Greek: Zoroaster) was an ancient Iranian poet and the first prophet of Iran. Zarathustra started to preach when a spirit named "Good Thought" spoke to him and ordered him to aid the poor and not follow the sacrifices of the Iranian cults. He spoke about making a choice between good and evil which was a first since most religions just gave you rules to abide by. Zarathustra's main three pieces of advice was to:

  • Behave Well
  • Speak Well
  • Act Well

Zarathustra saw both women and men as one god and influenced Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Traditional Zarathustrian holidays were the Fire ceremony and the Persian New Year which takes place on March 21st. It is the oldest religion, it affected the world in more than one way.

Zarathustra's followers were later called Zoroastrians.

Zarathustra was an author of a holy book called Gathas. He was born in Aria and became a priest.

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It was mad in honor of Zarathustra



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This Zoroastrian priest is performing a New Years ceremony.

In Persepolis, Marjane is influenced by Zarathustra. She uses his three main pieces of advice as a guide for her own holy book .

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What did Zarathustra preach?
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All about Zoroaster's Life


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Zarathustra as seen in Persepolis I. Marji explains how she wanted to become a prophet when she is older and refers to the first prophet of her country.

A modern portrait of Zarathustra.
A modern portrait of Zarathustra.
Modern portrait of Zarathustra
Zarathustra (Greek Zoroaster): legendary religious teacher from Bactria, founder of Zoroastrianism.

"Hardly anything is known about Zarathustra's life. For example, it is uncertain when he lived. The ancient Greeks speculated that he lived six thousand years before the philosopher Plato and several scholars have argued for a date at the beginning of the sixth century B.C.E. Other scholars accept that Zarathustra is the author of the Gâthâ's (a part of the holy book of the Zoroastrians, the Avesta), which they date, on linguistic grounds, in the fourteenth or thirteenth century B.C.E."