- Jun 2014
- New Delhi, India
Before coming to India the Vedic religion was not at all Hindu or Indian. They had different Gods and Goddesses, and different ways of worship. Since Avesta and Vedas arose from the same oral tradition (pre-Vedic); their language, myths and traditions are similar. Soma (Haoma) is pre-Vedic and does not imply any Hindu influence. Indegenous Hinduism had no Soma. It is the mixing, assimilation of Vedic thought in Hinduism that made us aware of Soma. It is absolutely incorrect to say that Zoroastrianism shows any influence of India or Hinduism.For God's sake, Zoroastrianism did not originate exactly in India but it did originate close to the Hindu cultural area in Afghanistan and was heavily influenced by the Vedic religion of northern India. .. Even Zoroastrian rituals are very similar to Hindu ones. The importance of fire and of the ritual drink of soma .. all attest to the strong Vedic/early Hindu influence over Zoroastrianism. That's why it's not inaccurate to say that Zoroastrianism is Indian, and that Zoroastrianism is a breakaway of Hinduism .. la, la, la, la
Kizznyc, you cannot convince Aatreya of this or any other Hindu stalwart in the forum, I happen to be an exception.Any proof for that?