Persian - The Greek form of Zarathustra. A prophet or priest. Son of Hushhedar. Son of Pourushaspa, some say. He was the son of one of the first four men to press the divine drink, haoma, from the fruit of the Gaokerena tree and was the founder or reformer of the old Persian religion based on the writings of the Zend-Avesta. Some say that Hushhedar absorbed the fravashi of Zoroaster from a haoma tree and so produced his son. In some accounts, as an infant he was thrown on the fire to die but the burning logs turned into a bed of roses. As a young man of twenty he left his home and took up a life of solitude, protected by Ahura Mazda when he confronted Ahriman and resisted the temptations that he offered. He prophesied that, in the final battle between good and evil, Ahriman would be defeated by Saoshyant. His sperm was preserved in Lake Kasavya (which is now Hamoun) and impregnated any virgins who swam in its waters. As a result, every 1,000 years, a Saoshyant is born. In some references, referred to as Zoroaster, Zaradusht, Zaradusht, Zaradushti, Zaradushti, Zarathushtra, Zarathushtra, Zarathustra, Zarathustra, Zardusht, Zardusht, Zaradusht(i), Zaradusht(i), Zarathus(h)tra, Zarathus(h)tra, (c 628-551 ) or (c 628-551 ).

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