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The Arsacids were the first to introduce Hellenistic anthropomorphic iconography in public and on their coins, although he deities were represented by their Greek names. It is in the Arsacid period that Zoroastrianism gains a foothold in Armenia, and Armenian sources have preserved valuable evidence about the religion of those times. 15) that the Iranians had both temples to their gods [Parth. bagin] and fire temples [Parth. âtrôshan < *âtrwaxshana > Arm. atrushan]. And we also have the description by Pausanias, a Greek traveler who saw Zoroastrian communities in Lydia.
According to the poet, the cow was thus created and intended for the sustainers of Order. Social disorder and conflict is therefore to a large extent apparently based upon the fact that those whom the poet considers to be possessed by the Lie are frequently those who actually own the most cows and controls the pastures. 14 and in various YAv. 12). 5. Man – body and soul Man consists of a tangible body and various intangible parts, foremost among them the mind or thought. In the Old Avesta, two principal constituents of the body are “bones” and “life breath” or “vitality” (ushtâna).
3). We see that the simple term shiyâti in Darius’s inscriptions corresponds—structurally—closely to the Old Avestan concept of peace and pasture. ” Similarly, but much more briefly, Darius’s inscriptions: (3) establishment of heaven, earth, man, and good things for man: happiness (shiyâti). history of the world sacrifice inscriptions the sun diurnal sky earth Order good thought Ãrmaiti earth heaven man pleasure-giving cow Life-Giving Man peace and pasture man happiness Finally, the king has an “esthetic” function.