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Zarathustra
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No one knows exactly when and where Zarathustra, the ‘founder’ of → Zoroastrianism, lived. In fact, it is not even certain whether Zarathustra represents a historical individual at all. Even in the most ancient sources, the ‘historical Zarathustra’ appears as a remarkably nebulous figure, later to be repeatedly overlaid with mytholo…

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Stausberg, Michael, “Zarathustra”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 13 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_COM_00488>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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