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The Zoroastrian Religion of the Achaemenids

Authentic Gatha Zoroastrianism

The Greek writings establish with certainty that the Achaemenids were Zoroastrians. But in the past few decades, some academic circles with a clear agenda, insist otherwise.

A change of faith during any Empire would have been bound to bring about some major changes, as well as definite comments by Greeks and other foreign observers. Yet all the observers, from the Greek to Romans report of identical beliefs, rites and the same religion among the Persians, from the time of the Achaemenids to the fall of the Sassanid Empire at the hand of the Arab Bedouins.

The raised objection that the name of the ancient Aryan Prophet Zarathúshtrá is nowhere mentioned in the Achaemenid Inscriptions is mute. For the survived inscriptions of the Achaemenids are administrative and governmental in nature. Moreover, Prophet Zarathúshtrá’s name is nowhere mentioned in any Sassanid inscription either. And no one doubts the Zoroastrian faith of the Sassanid kings.

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