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Old July 21st, 2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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Religions among common people in Sasanian Persia?


Which religions did the common people of Sasanian Persia follow and which gods did they believe in?

And in which different areas?
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Zoroastrianism was the 'Imperial cult'. There were Jewish, Christian, and I believe Buddhist minorities.
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The Islamicist Hugh Kennedy actually believes that Sassanian Iraq had a Christian majority. I have yet to check out his supporting literature behind this statement, but it's intriguing nonetheless.
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Manichaeism was another important religion founded in Sassanid Persia, though Zoroastrian persecutions at the end of 3rd century seemed to have done a good job of stamping it out.
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The Islamicist Hugh Kennedy actually believes that Sassanian Iraq had a Christian majority. I have yet to check out his supporting literature behind this statement, but it's intriguing nonetheless.
Let us know when you do, that does sound very interesting.
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Buddhism would have been popular in the eastern provinces (Afghanistan + Western Pakistan) and Hindus would exist there as well.
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They believed in a more fundamental, conservative Zoroastrianism than the Archimedeans. But a later, heretical branch of Zoroastrianism, the Zurvanism, arose in this period.
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The Islamicist Hugh Kennedy actually believes that Sassanian Iraq had a Christian majority. I have yet to check out his supporting literature behind this statement, but it's intriguing nonetheless.
Kirialax: did you find anything on this?
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Kirialax: did you find anything on this?


The Great Arab Conquests
, p. 100. I haven't gone into his references because I haven't had the time yet.
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The Great Arab Conquests
, p. 100. I haven't gone into his references because I haven't had the time yet.
Ok thanks for feedback anyway. Will be interesting to see whether it makes sense. Quite an intriguing situation, if it were true, don't you think?
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