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Journal:   LITERARY STUDIES   SUMMER 2012 , Volume 45 , Number 2 (177); Page(s) 61 To 83.
 
Paper: 

TRACING THE ZOROASTRIAN AND BUNDAHESHN CREATION MYTH IN THE STORY OF ZAHHAK

 
 
Author(s):  JAHANPOUR FATEMEH, HAGHPARAST LEILA
 
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Abstract: 

This article aims to show that the recent story of Zahhak is in fact a re-modeling of the creation myth. This theory is proved through the comparison of the structural elements of the Zoroastrian myth of creation with the story of Zahhak from the Shahnama. For this purpose, initially, a summary of the creation myth is presented in three parts. Then, it is concluded that the triple division of Zahhak’s story corresponds to the three-thousand-year period of the creation myth. The comparison will subsequently reveal that Zurvan, Ahriman, Urmazd and their functions are recreated in the functions and characteristics of Jamshid, Zahhak, and Fereidoon respectively.

 
Keyword(s): THE SHAHNAMA, CREATION MYTH, AHRIMAN, URMAZD, ZAHHAK, FEREIDOON
 
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