Were Zoroastrians and Yazidis of Persia and Iraq once part of a Vedic culture?

27 Jan

The original Zoroastrian people in Persia seem to have had a language (Avestan) and a religion that shared great similarities with the ancient Vedic culture of northern India. The Yazidi people of northern Iraq have peculiar beliefs too which raised the question of whether these communities were once part of the Indus Valley Civilisation under its Vedic culture.

This blogpost postulates that the Indo-Aryan/Iranian split occurred when the administrative headquarters at Mohenjodaro and Harappa was abandoned as the river basin got depleted of soil nutrients and was consequently unable to sustain agriculture to meet the needs of the population of the area. This disaster had the effect of leaving the far western corners of the Vedic culture to their own fates without any central spiritual authority. The Vedic culture diminished in the west consequently. In Persia it eventually took a new turn when the Zoroastrians received divine guidance through their leader Zoroaster or Zarathustra in 625 BCE to a new fate.

Zoroastrians retained a caste system which appears somewhat modified from the original Vedic form of varnas: ‘it is said that ‘there were three categories of fires corresponding to the three original castes of society: priests, warrior, and commoners. In addition, there was the king’s own royal fire.’ http://www.silk-road.com/artl/zoro.shtml. Aupmanyav says of Zoroastrians: ‘they are yajna-performing, Mekhala-wearing (Kushti), Ahura-worshiping (Asura) Aryan brothers. They are most probably of Atharvan descent (Athravan – in the line of Sage Atharva, after whom we have a Veda)’.

Yazidis being much further west lost almost all of their Vedic culture retaining their own type of caste system maintained through endogamy and a belief in reincarnation as common themes with Hindu culture.

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