Sacrifice In Hinduism And Zoroastrianism

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Hinduism and Zoroastrianism emerged from the Silk Road and would continue to develop throughout history. The role of sacrifice greatly impacted such development amongst these two religions. However, over time sacrifice would cease to exist for the most part. In conducting research, my focus is spent by tracing the origins of sacrifice as well as these two religions from the Silk Road and ancient civilizations/cultures; the application and role of sacrifice in both Hinduism and Zoroastrianism; as well as the disappearance of sacrifice in both religions.

The origins of both the practice of sacrifice and the religious traditions trace back to the Silk Road, which would develop the application of sacrifice and these two religious traditions
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In Hinduism, sacrifice is embodied in a few categories: the Rig Veda as well as from other sacred Hindu texts; religious life; and finally, spiritual/cosmological/contemplative embodiment as well as philosophical development.

Sacrifice is seen throughout the religious texts of Hinduism, especially the Rig Veda. The Rig Veda frequently describes, in detail, the relevance of sacrifice to Hindu religious thought. It is from this text where such understandings are given to the origin of existence and the creator/creation along with some cosmological beliefs.

Sacrifice is seen as quantifying the ritual and divine parts within the religion/text. From the text, an understanding is presented that there is a distinct link between being worthy of heaven and sacrifice. This link is directly presented in the role that chariots and horses play in Hindu tradition, as seen in the Rig
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Sacrifice is seen throughout Zoroastrian text. The ritual offering of water is presented at the center of Zoroastrian liturgical text. Sacrificing of such animals (horses, cows, and sheep) are seen throughout the yashts as pleasing of the yazatas. This provides important evidence of sacrifice at the center of the evolving period of Zoroastrianism, despite distinction between reasons behind such an animal sacrifice.

In the Yasnas, there was a central importance of the ritual. The text of the Videvdad focuses on ritual purity, as a basis for high ritual. The Pahlavi books were composed as a way to preserve Zoroastrianism when the faith was becoming a minority. Thus, the liturgical text of Zoroastrian tradition is placed in high value on the importance, implementation, and preservation on the practice of ritual

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