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Zoroaster, Pioneer of Religious Music
11 December 2007
(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
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
to the Greek historian Herodotus, Zoroastrian priests recited holy hymns without
the accompaniment of musical instruments.
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