Civilization Of The Eastern Iranians In Ancient Times;  Ethnography And Social Life Volume 1 by Wilhelm Geiger

Civilization Of The Eastern Iranians In Ancient Times; Ethnography And Social Life Volume 1

byWilhelm Geiger

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... the death-bringing Astovidhotu and the Wicked Vayu, bearing ill-will towards it, endeavour to secure it for themselves. Rashnu the Just holds in his hands the scales in which good and evil deeds are weighed against each other--he, who does not yield even a hair's breadth, before whom kings and princes prevail no more than the most indigent and base among men. Mithra and Srausha intercede on behalf of the soul, evil spirits raise accusations against it. If its pious deeds outweigh the evil ones, it is allowed to pass over the bridge into Paradise. Under certain conditions it also appears to have been permitted to a particularly pious soul with a surplus of good deeds to render assistance to another that was deficient therein--which would at all events be remarkably analogous to the Catholic belief in saints in many countries. The surplus good works were preserved in a proper region, the Misvdna2. The Chinvat Bridge appears to the pious soul ' a far-sang in breadth.' The soul on passing over it meets a most fragrant wind blowing from the southern regions of heaven. It is the breeze wafted from Paradise. And in this wind there appears to the Soul ' its own conscience' in the shape of a charming maiden3--a pretty symbolical impersonation of the inner peace and quietness of soul, which the righteous man enjoys. 1 Chinvak-perethum. Mazdadhatam. baodhascha. urvanemcha. yatem. gaethanam. paiti-jaidkyeinti.datem.asivaiti.aghvo, 'the bridge Chinvat, created by Mazda, where they question the spirit and the soul regarding their behaviour on earth, which they practised during their existence in the body,' Vd. XIX, 29. 2 Vide Justi, Hdb. sub voce mifvdna. The Misvana cannot be compared with the hamestagan of the later Parsi books (vide West, Mkh. Glossary...

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Title:Civilization Of The Eastern Iranians In Ancient Times; Ethnography And Social Life Volume 1Format:PaperbackDimensions:100 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217192459

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