Apologies to you all for taking so long to do a new post. I’ve recently had to make a lot of changes in my personal life, as a result of which I will only be able to post no more than once a month. Nevertheless please enjoy as I still have many post ideas, and if there are any subjects you’d like me to write about please share with me in the comments.
Now on with the post:
Founder/s: Zarathustra (sometimes spelt Zarathushtra) Spitara, more commonly known in the West as Zoroaster
Approximate age: 3500-4000 years, definitely preceded Judaism
Place of origin: Persia (Iran & western Afghanistan)
Holy book/s: Avesta
Original language of holy book/s: Avestan Persian, aka. Zend
Demonym of adherents: Zoroastrians/ Zarathustrians
Approximate number of current global adherents: 124-190,000
Place of worship name/s: dar-e-mehr, fire temple, fire house, atash gah, agiyari
(Disclaimer: this post won’t go into much depth on the origins of circumcision. That’s too lengthy a discussion and can be read about on Wiki. My focus is on its purpose in Judaism, which by proxy explains its purpose in Christianity and Islam)
Approximate number of current global adherents: 5-10,000,000
Place of worship name/s: derasar, basadi, vasati
* Followers claim he’s not the founder, only the teacher in this era (see the time cycle at the bottom of the post) who gave the religion its present form. There is no founder as such, but the very first teacher of this half-cycle is Rishabha (aka. Rishabhadev, Ādinātha, Adish Jina, Adi Purush, Ikshvaku, Vidhata and Srista).
** However, followers claim the religion is ageless and had no beginning.