What the Khordeh Avestā does include is not uniform. The manuscript traditions show that the core was composed of the following texts: (1) a. The oldest Zoroastrian religious scripture, handed down from ancient times, is the Avesta. One section of the holy book is known as the “Khordeh Avesta” or. Hi Folks, Wonder if you’d be interested in an English translation of what we Pray and what the Avesta is all about. If so here is a copy in PDF.

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In a narrow sense, the term applies to a particular manuscript tradition that includes only the five Nyayesh texts, the five Gah texts, the four Afrinagan s, and five introductory chapters that consist of quotations from various passages of the Yasna. They are addressed to the deities yazata in general and have nothing to do with the moon.


The vast majority of Mss. One of the two collections includes the other and takes its name from it. Thereafter, stanzas are identical to Yt. The selection of texts is not khoredh, and so publishers are free to include any text they choose.


The nineteen stanzas divide into two parts. Wolff, AvestaStrassburg,pp.

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Dhalla The Nyaishes or Zoroastrian Litanies: TAGS khordeh avesta the little avesta. The alternative title indicates that the prayer is to be recited after morning avesha. In that respect, they must have been composed late in the Sasanian period, at the earliest. There are also Pahlavi and Sanskrit renderings, as well as texts in Persian and Gujarati that could be understood by the unschooled laity. Several Khordeh Avesta editions are quite comprehensive, and include Pazend prayers, modern devotional compositions such as the poetical or semi-poetical Gujarati monagat s, or glossaries and other reference lists such as dates of religious events.

Topic select a topic Yet there are occasional passages of unique content. Dhabhar from various Mss, none of which contains all these selections, and of the texts contained in M.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Khordeh Avestaavetsa ‘little, or lesser, or small Avesta’, is the name given to two different collections of Zoroastrian religious texts.

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The khordrh then also extends to the twenty-one yashts and the thirty Siroza texts, but does not usually encompass the various Avestan language fragments found in other works. Submitted tags will be reviewed by site administrator before it is posted online. Geldner Avesta I, Stuttgart,pp. Retrieved from ” https: This page was last edited on 13 Januaryat Kellens, Le verbe avestiqueWiesbaden, The manuscript traditions show that the core was composed of the following texts: Both Iranian and Indian, they have no claim to antiquity.

In the 19th centurywhen the first Khordeh Avesta editions were printed, the selection of Avesta texts described above together with some non-Avestan language prayers became a book of common prayer for lay people.

Privacy Policy Add Comment. Although all these canonical texts are in Avestan, they are almost entirely drawn from other parts of the Avestan corpus. Routledge and Kegan Paul, pp. Views Read Edit View history.