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[Fredric Rice, The Skeptic Tank: The authorship of these files on cults has his or her own motivations for providing them and will contain his or her own bias. What I find typical is that individuals and organizations which report on cults are usually themselves a competition cult yet like to think of themselves as "a religion, not a cult." In actual fact, _ALL_ religions are cults by the primary, secondary, and terciary usage definition of the term. Some of the information you find here is inaccurate and contains urban legend -- take what you find with a grain of salt. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Law Enforcement Guide on Occult Crime, contact myself at frice@stbbs.com or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] Zoroastrianism 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 world religion. It's been around longer than Christianity. To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer: bill@dial.pipex.com

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