Zoroastrian Apocalypse

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Zoroastrians (see Zoroastrianism) believe that too few people follow the right path, that the evil ones at present outnumber the good. But they also believe that one day the Wise Lord (see Ahura Mazda) will rectify things at the Great Renewal at the end of the present age (see Zoroastrian Afterlife). Fire, the son of Ahura Mazda, will flow like a river over the universe, as an ultimate sacrifice, destroying all before it—including even Hell—and separating the good from the evil at a “Last Judgment.” Then, through ceremonies presided over by the savior, Saoshyant (see Saoshyant), the resurrection of the bodies of the good will take place and a new Golden Age will follow. In some stories it is said that the castle of the primal man, flood survivor (see Zoroastrian Flood), and sacred king Yima (see Yima) is Paradise and that at the Great Renewal, Yima's dominion will encompass the earth itself as the basis of a new Golden Age.

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