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Priesthood, Rituals and Ritual Infrastructures

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1. Title Title of document Priesthood, Rituals and Ritual Infrastructures - Zarathustra and Zoroastrianism
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Michael Stausberg; University of Bergen; Norway
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious traditions
4. Subject Keyword(s) zoroastrianism; religious practice; history; Zarathustra
5. Subject Subject classification BL1-50 Religion (General); BL660-2680 History and principles of religions
6. Description Abstract Most rulers of the Pre-Islamic Iranian kingdoms professed their allegiance to Ahura Mazdā and other deities of the Zoroastrian pantheon. However, the interrelationships between “state” and “religious” institutions in Pre-Islamic Iranian history varied according to period and region. In at least some periods, the same persons could perform “judicial” and “religious” tasks. Many rulers may have undertaken religious commitments and investments out of genuine conviction, others out of mere convention. Such investments included, for example, the funding and sponsoring of temples, fires or other constructions, and the performance of various rituals by priests; on the other hand, the “religiosity” of the kings was probably an important source for their recognition as legitimate (generally accepted) rulers. “Religion” provides a kind of symbolic capital which can be used for the achievement of various interests.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Oct-2008
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.19018
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Zarathustra and Zoroastrianism
16. Language English=en en
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