Includes Supplemental Material:
• About Zaroastrianism
• About the Zend-Avesta
He evidently traveled over a considerable part of Iran, for mention is made of his presence at various places; and he was doubtless, also, the leader of a group of chieftains—one of whom was King Vishtaspa—who carried on a political, military, and religious struggle for the establishment of a holy agricultural state, whose laws encouraged pastoral labor, tillage, and thrift, as against the freebooting tendencies of Turanian and Vedic aggressors. That he was legislator, prophet, pontiff, and philosopher, as tradition asserts, is quite within the bounds of truth; but that he was the “abyss of all wisdom and truth, and the master of the whole living creation” must be taken as a mere oriental extravagance, though at the same time it shows the place Zoroaster occupied in Persian thought.
About the author:
Henry Woldmar Ruoff (1865-1935) was an author whose other works include “The Century Book of Facts,” “The Capitals of the World,” and “Leaders of Men.”