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Journal:   FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION (STUDIES IN EDUCATION & PSYCHOLOGY)   SPRING-SUMMER 2012 , Volume 2 , Number 1; Page(s) 127 To 146.
 
Paper: 

ZOROASTRIANISM AND ITS EDUCATIONAL IMPLICATIONS (RELYING ON THE TEXT OF THE GATHAS)

 
 
Author(s):  HOSSAINY DEHSHIRI AFZAL ALSADAT, ISLAMI EDRIS
 
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Abstract: 

This study examines the educational ideas of Zoroastrianism based on Gathas. For achieving this purpose, the conclusion method has been used, firstly, Zoroaster has been introduced then the philosophical foundations of the religion have been formulized in the form of ideal human being and his/her features. Finally, the implications of these foundations are presented in the form of educational components such as the ideal, the goals, principles and methods. The data of this study shows that ideal human being has features such as Closeness to Ahura, following Asha, good character, having divine knowledge and guidance. Based on these foundations, educational ideal is the Closeness to Ahura and its educational goals are understanding universal law and performing according to that, orienting on ethics, believing in illumination and improving social responsibility. Principles corresponding to these foundations and goals include reasoning, freedom in choosing and following Daena, nurturing epistemic tools and ethical endeavor and struggling. Educational methods corresponding to these principles, goals and foundations include reflection on nature, the active instruction of Zoroastrianism, advizse, teaching oratory technique, praise and worship, game, sport and warfare instruction.

 
Keyword(s): ANCIENT PERSIAN, ZOROASTRIANISM, GATHAS, IDEAL HUMAN BEING, EDUCATIONAL IMPLEMENTATIONS
 
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