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Prophet Zoroaster, Pioneer of Religious Music


11 December 2007



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LONDON, (CAIS) -- Asho Zarathushtra (Zoroaster), the prophet of Iran, is considered to be the founder of liturgical music in the world, according to an article published in Iran by the Persian service of MNA.

"There is much evidence to prove that religious music began to flourish with the Zoroastrian religion, that religion and philosophy based on the teachings of prophet Zarathushtra", the article says.


Zoroastrians were instructed the worshipers to recite their prayers in verse, and those who transgressed the three principle divines of Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds are considered to be sinners.

The Prophet Zarathushtra lived around the 18 th century BCE, and his religion Daena Vanuhi (the Good Religion) is considered to be the first monotheistic religion in the world.


The hymns attributed to the prophet himself, known as Gathas is the primary liturgical collection of sacred texts within the greater compendium of the holy Avesta.


The Gathas are in verse, metrical in the nature of ancient Iranian religious poetry, which is extremely terse, and in which grammatical constructs are an exception.


It is said that the suffix -gāh added to the end of the word Dastagāh (a musical mode in the classical Persian music which consists of twelve principal musical modes) is derived from the  Gathas, which means 'hymn' in Avestan language.


According to the Greek historian Herodotus, Zoroastrian priests recited holy hymns without the accompaniment of musical instruments.




Extracted From/Source*: Iran Daily


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