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Founded by an Iranian called Zoroaster seven centuries before the
birth of Christ in what used to be Soviet Central Asia.
Spurned by his compatriots for what they considered the blasphemous
presumption of his monotheistic 'revelation', he returned to his
Iranian homeland where he managed to convert a king called Vishtaspa.
During the Islamic conquest of Persia, most of his followers were
forced out of the region, many of whom moved down to the west coast
of India. Today there are approximately 10,000 devout followers
leftin Iran and nearly as many in and around Bombay. (There is also
an immigrant Zoroastrian community in London, though no attempt is
made at recruiting followers from outside the movement.)
Zoroastrians are renowned for their tolerance towards other
religions as well as their support of the arts and education. They
wear a special undergarment as a symbol of purity.
Twenty-seven centuries after the death of its figurehead,
Zoroastrianism has graduated with honours from cult to recognised
It's been around longer than Christianity.
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