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Religion of the GodsRitual, Paradox, and Reflexivity$
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Kimberley Christine Patton

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195091069

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195091069.001.0001

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 Zoroastrian Heresy: Zurvān's Thousand-Year Sacrifice

 Zoroastrian Heresy: Zurvān's Thousand-Year Sacrifice

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(p.189) 6 Zoroastrian Heresy: Zurvān's Thousand-Year Sacrifice
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Religion of the Gods
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Kimberley Christine Patton (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195091069.003.0010

This chapter examines an ultimately heretical but historically influential Zoroastrian creation myth, the thousand-year sacrifice performed by the high god Zurvān. It argues that the high profile of ritual sacrifice in the Zurvanite cosmogony was introduced for reasons that were external to the myth. However, these motives bore a strong correlation to developments in Zoroastrianism and its priesthood during a decline in the Arsacid period and aggressive renaissance during the Sasanian period in Iran.

Keywords:   ritual sacrifice, gods, myth, Zoroastrianism, Zurvanism

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