Cosmogonic sacrifice: A ghost Zoroastrian doctrine

Amir Ahmadi

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A number of prominent scholars of Zoroastrianism have recently taken up Marijan
Molé’s thesis that Ahura Mazdā created the world by way of a sacrifice. This article examines the sources that have been adduced for the thesis. It concludes that neither in Avestan nor Pahlavi texts do we find any evidence for the supposed cosmogonic sacrifice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalIndo-Iranian Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Zoroastrianism
  • sacrifice
  • cosmogony
  • Avesta

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