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Photos: Zoroastrians celebrate ancient feast of Sadeh (creation of fire) in Tehran


Photos by Mona Hoobehfekr, ISNA

مراسم جشن سده‌ي زرتشتيان در تهران

The Zoroastrians marked Sadeh, an ancient feast celebrating the creation of fire, in Tehran, Iran this week. Sadeh has been observed since the days when Zoroastrianism was the dominant religion in the powerful Persian empire. Zoroastrianism is the religion and philosophy based on the teachings ascribed to the prophet Zoroaster, after whom the religion is named. The term Zoroastrianism is in general usage, essentially synonymous with Mazdaism, i.e. the worship of Ahura Mazda, exalted by Zoroaster as the supreme divine authority.

In Zoroastrianism, water and fire are agents of ritual purity, and the associated purification ceremonies are considered the basis of ritual life. In Zoroastrian cosmogony, water and fire are respectively the second and last primordial elements to have been created, and scripture considers fire to have its origin in the waters. Both water and fire are considered life-sustaining, and both water and fire are represented within the precinct of a fire temple. Zoroastrians usually pray in the presence of some form of fire (which can be considered evident in any source of light), and the culminating rite of the principal act of worship constitutes a "strengthening of the waters". Fire is considered a medium through which spiritual insight and wisdom is gained, and water is considered the source of that wisdom.

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