Zoroastrianism

by Teirra Hentschel

Normal Rituals

When Zoroastrians turn seven years old, they are given and sudreh (shirt), and a kusti (cord). The child wraps the kusti around the sudreh 3 times to remind them of good thoughts, good deeds, and good words. This ritual continues to be took part in every year.

Man and God

In Zoroastrianism, man is known as God's helper. If man does right with good deeds, he will be promise to paradise on earth with God. Men and women, and rich and poor, are all equal. One is only greater than the other depending on righteousness.

The Six Gahambars

Zoroastrians have seven mandatory feast, six of with are gahambars. Maidyozarem (mid-spring feast), Maidyoshahem ('mid-summer' feast), Paitishahem (feast of bringing in the harvest), Ayathrem (bringing home the herds), Maidyarem (mid-year/winter feast)
Hamaspathmaidyem (feast of All Souls).

Funerals

Instead of burying the corpse, Zoroastrians ritually, leave the body exposed to the sun to be eaten away by vultures and destroyed. They believe as though as soon as the body has breathed last, it's body is no longer pure. Spreading the earth with decaying things, such as a corpse, is considered a sacrifice.

Worship

Zoroastrians traditionally pray several times a day. Some people wear the kusti knotted 3 times. Prayers are mostly the same, calling on and celebrating Ahura Mazda and the good that runs through all things.

Marriage

They're are two steps to Zoroastrian weddings. In the first stage of marriage, the bride and groom, as well as their guardians sign a marriage contract. The second stage is the service next has feasts and the parties, which last from 3 to 7 days.