[INDOLOGY] Iranian question

Arash Zeini arash.zeini at gmail.com
Sat Dec 25 17:26:44 UTC 2021

Hello Dean,

What's reference for the text you quote, or is that what you are asking?

As you know the sources for Zarathustra's birth stories are the Middle
Persian accounts, and among those Book 7 of the Dēnkard stands out. The
birth story is complex and Ohrmazd and his helpers put many elements in
motion so that Zarathustra can be conceived. One of these, is sexual
intercourse between the parents, something the the daemons try to


On Sat, 25 Dec 2021, 11:04 Dean Michael Anderson via INDOLOGY, <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Sorry for once again spilling over the South Asian borders but I can't
> seem to find a reliable reference for this claim:
> "Zoroaster is said to have had a miraculous birth: his mother, Dughdova,
> was a virgin who conceived him after being visited by a shaft of light.
> Perhaps some of our Indo-Iranians might know.
> Best,
> Dean
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