5. The Avesta

Around the 6th century BC.

Original language: Avestan. The sacred texts of Zoroastrianism.

I enjoyed James Darmesteter’s introduction. But the text is another story. It’s overwhelmingly a weird and repetitive set of religious laws, mainly dealing with the corpses of people and dogs. 

What a waste of time. Repeated formulas of praise for a fuckton of gods and minor deities. 


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