I don't know about that dude I have to admit. I really wonder why the information about Zoroastrianism is so unknown to many. Probably because all those Bactrian people died out in the last cataclysm and not much survived. One idea seems to be that the first 6000 years of the cycle, or the first "time", wasn't really physical, so it's hard to count the years.@dreamtime: You seem to have made an addition to your post #14 that I'm just now noticing. I found myself reading it like that keymaster dude in GhostBusters when he was talking about the history of Zuul. All kidding aside, it was good information. In preparing this article I spent a full day chasing down links online and reading til my eyeballs burned. I don't seem to be able to find the original source now for where it was stated (on a wiki page, probably) that the general consensus among scholars was that our timeline is off by thousands of years. Sorry about that. In retrospect, I should have included the source for that as well.
Some cultures date the time of a persons birth from the moment they pop out of the womb and others date it from the time of conception (roughly), counting a newborn infant as one year old at the moment it's born. We would have the same dilemma counting from the beginning of the world, even if we could somehow know that precise moment. Is it from when something popped out of nothingness or is the beginning when the earth finally cooled enough for stuff to grow on it?
When I read about the floating, egg-shaped universe in their cosmology, I immedietaly think about our world as an enclosed area, so I don't know if there's necessarily a cool-down period. Maybe world-eggs are being spawned all the time?
According to these texts, in the beginning Ohrmazd (Av. Ahura Mazdā) dwelt on high, in pure light; Ahriman (Old Av. Angra Mainiiu, Young Av. Aŋra Mainiiu) dwelt in the depths, in darkness. Between them was the void. Ohrmazd was aware of Ahriman’s antagonism, and, to prepare himself for battle, he first shaped his creations in a spiritual (mēnōg) state, in the form of “bright, white fire” (Bundahišn 1.44). The creations remained in this state for 3,000 years. In the meantime Ahriman made his demonic creatures out of darkness. He then attacked the luminous world. Ohrmazd initially offered peace, which was rejected. Finally, the two spirits made a treaty (paymānag) to wage war for a limited period of time (a speculative duration of 9,000 or 12,000 years is given) in a well-defined arena: the world. The three stages in the cosmic drama were the (material) creation (bundahišn), which began with the treaty; the mixture (gumēzišn) of good and evil; and the separation (wizārišn) of evil from good. The last stage, however, was to fall outside historical time. COSMOGONY AND COSMOLOGY i. In Zoroastrianism – Encyclopaedia Iranica
I do feel that we are about to enter the last age in this cosmic drama. Not really a productive attitude I know, but I feel we (for example here in this forum) are like a small group of people sitting around a campfire, just enjoying the time before there will be a period with no reconnection to our past at all. The evil guys are preparing for this.
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