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Portrait of Zoroaster (6th century BC)

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Portrait of Zoroaster (6th century BC)

Zoroaster (6th century BC). Founder of the Zoroastrianism. Portrait at the Atashkadeh Fire Temple. Yazd. Iran

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Bearded Founder Iran Iranian Persian Prophet Zarathustra Zoroaster Zoroastrianism Yazd


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In this evocative portrait, the enigmatic figure of Zoroaster, the founding prophet of Zoroastrianism, gazes intently into the distance, his piercing eyes framed by the folds of his long, flowing beard. Dressed in the traditional attire of ancient Iran, the man's age and wisdom are conveyed through the deep lines etched into his face and the gravity of his expression. This image of Zoroaster was discovered at the Atashkadeh Fire Temple in the historic city of Yazd, Iran. Dating back to the 6th century BC, the temple is a sacred site for Zoroastrians, who continue to practice their ancient faith, which predates the major world religions. Zoroaster is believed to have lived in the eastern part of the ancient Persian Empire, and his teachings, recorded in the Avestan scriptures, laid the foundation for one of the world's oldest monotheistic religions. Central to Zoroastrianism is the belief in the struggle between good and evil, and the importance of living a virtuous life. The portrait's intricate details and lifelike qualities are a testament to the artistic skill of the ancient Iranian artists who created it. The use of bold, earthy colors and the meticulous rendering of the fabric and textures add to the painting's authenticity and depth. As a symbol of the rich cultural heritage of Iran and the enduring influence of Zoroastrianism, this portrait continues to captivate and inspire generations. It serves as a reminder of the profound impact that the ancient civilizations of the Middle East have had on the world's religious and artistic traditions.

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