noun \ə-ˈves-tə\

Definition of AVESTA

:  the book of the sacred writings of Zoroastrianism

Origin of AVESTA

Middle Persian abestāg, literally, text
First Known Use: 1856

Rhymes with AVESTA


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sacred book of Zoroastrianism. It contains hymns, prayers, and appeals to righteousness ascribed to Zoroaster. The present text was assembled in the 3rd–7th century AD from the remains of a larger body of scripture that was destroyed when Alexander the Great conquered Persia. It has five parts: the Gathas, hymns in what are thought to be Zoroaster's own words; Visp-rat, containing homages to spiritual leaders; Vendidad, the main source for Zoroastrian law; the Yashts, 21 hymns to angels and ancient heroes; and the Khurda avesta, composed of minor texts.

Variants of AVESTA

Avesta or Zend-Avesta


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