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Zoroastrianism : Ancient and Modern by Masani, Phiroze Shapurji

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On what authority does the writer of Zoroastrian Theology make us believe that Zoroastrian Scriptures could have been originally given by Zoroaster only in poetry and not in prose? Was Zoroaster incapable of inculcating the Laws of the Universe in prose, or did he as a prophet think it below his dignity to preach his religion except in verse? Will the writer explain the reason of there being different metres, different lengths of lines, different numbers of lines in each stanza in each of the Five Gathas?

Nadar 6. Ashat 6. Pajeh 7. Chit 7. Ratu-dadhaite 8. Hacha 8. Barash 9. Vangheush 9. Kashasrub 10. Dazda 10. Vishtasp-Saste 11. Manangho 11. Vashtag 12. Shyothananam 12. Chitra-dad 13. Angheush 13. Spend 14. Mazdai 14. Baghan Yasht 15. Khshathremcha 15. Nikadum 16. Ahurai 16. Dvasrujad 17. Â 17. Husparam 18. Yim 18. Sakadum 19. Dregubyo 19. Javid-shida-dad (Vendidad) 20. Dadad 20. Hadokht 21. Vastarem 21. Satud Yasht SATUD YASHT, SUDGAR, VARSHT MANSAR. , Stot Yasht, Sudgar, Varshtmansar, Bagha, Vashtag, Hadokht and Spend, fall under the Gathic lore; under the Hada-Manthric group come, Damdad, Nadar, Pajeh, Ratudad-Haite, Barash, Kashasrub and Vishtasp-Saste; and under the seven Datic group are mentioned Nikadum, Dvasrujad, Husparam, sakadum, Javit-Shida-dad, Chitradad and Baghan Yasht” Summary of the 21 Nasks : 1.

And as if this were not enough, the writer does go further and say that not all the Gathas but only a considerable portion thereof has been composed by Zoroaster himself. What a height of the writer's speculative phantom of the imagination, when on p. 335 he puts in: “The Gathas were shown to be the oldest in time of composition, and the authorship of a considerable portion, if not all, of these hymns was ascribed to Zoroaster himself:” The writer of the book does acoede by these words to the view that not only was the so-called Later Avesta not propounded originally by Zoroaster himself, but that all the Gathas also were not taught by Zoroaster himself.

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