Zoroastrianism and Buddhism

Yashwant Malaiya malaiya at CS.COLOSTATE.EDU
Wed Dec 6 00:59:46 UTC 2000

1. Both Zoroastrianism and Buddhism coexisted in pre-islamic Afghanistan.
The Farsi term "but" (idol) is sometimes regarded to have been derived
from "Buddha".

2. It seems that there may have been some connection between Shakadvipi
Brahmins and Buddhism in Gaya region. Incidentally in Gujarat and Rajsthan,
the Bhojakas are still affiliated with Jainism.


>>A patron is interested in whether and how Zoroastrianism and Buddhism
>>influenced each other, and why Buddhism did not spread much into Iran
>>south of Merv.

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