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Birthplace of Zoroastrianism Quoted by National Geographic Magazine August 2008 Edition Ancient Iran: Inside A Nation's Persian Soul

Around 1000 B.C., the prophet Zoroaster, or Zarathushtra, preached his revelation. A supreme deity existed among the gods being worshipped--Ahura Mazda. Creator of all that is good, Ahura Mazda calls on humans to join the cosmic battle against evil. Basically monotheistic, Zoroastrianism was the dominant faith in Iran until the arrival of Islam in the 7th century A.D. Its concepts of heaven an hell, angels, resurrection, and a final Judgment influenced teachings of other religions.