• (RP) IPA: /ˌzɒɹəʊˈæstɹɪəˌnɪzəm/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌzoʊɹ.oʊˈæs.tɹi.əˌnɪz.əm/, /ˌzɔɹ.oʊˈæs.tɹi.əˌnɪz.əm/
Proper noun
  1. (common) Mazdaism, the surviving form of the indigenous (pre-Islamic) Iranian ethnic religion.
  2. (scholarly) The historical (pre-Islamic) indigenous beliefs and practices of the Iranian peoples.
Related terms
  • Zoroastrian
  • Zarathustrianism (coined by Hermann Lommel (and popularized by Ilya Gershevitch) to denote the prophet's own doctrine as distinguished from later accretions; from Zarathustra, Avestan language name of Zoroaster)
  • Zarathustricism (the teachings of Younger Avestan texts, as distinct from Zarathustrianism and also from later accretions)

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