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Anahita: Ancient Persian Goddess and Zoroastrian Yazata

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    Anahita: Ancient Persian Goddess and Zoroastrian Yazata This book is the most extensive study of the figure of Anahita in recentyears, and includes new and
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      Anahita: Ancient Persian Goddess and Zoroastrian Yazata

      This book is the most extensive study of the figure of Anahita in recentyears, and includes new and never published before research. Anahita: Ancient Persian Goddess and Zoroastrian Yazata is essential reading forall those interested not just in this Goddess and her history, but also all those interested in Persian and Middle Eastern history.

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      Anahita: Ancient Persian Goddess and Zoroastrian Yazata is a collection ofpapers, art and poetry celebrating this fascinating Goddess from more than 25 esteemed international academics, Zoroastrians, artists and writers. Each in turn share their research and insights leading the reader on a journey of discovery- from the Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions featuring Anahita and Mithra, to the possible relationships between Anahita and the Dame du Lac of Arthurian Legend,representations of her in Sassanian art, William Morris Hunt through to Anahita as the pre-Christian Virgin Mother of Mithra, as well as her role in purification and purity. Studies of the Sassanian rock reliefs, hot mineral springs, and her water ritual in Mahāyāna Buddhism, in addition to anexamination of the Sassanid stucco discovered in the Barz-e-qawela in Lorestan province of Iran and women in ancient Elam are all brought together illustrating the significance of Anahita throughout Persian and Middle Eastern history. This book is the most extensive study of the figure of Anahita inrecent years, and includes new and never published before research. Anahita:Ancient Persian Goddess and Zoroastrian Yazata is essential reading for all those interested not just in this Goddess and her history, but also all those interested in Persian and Middle Eastern history.



      The Indo-Iranian Anahita is an ancient Persian Goddess, who became a Zoroastrian Yazata (or Angel) and is still part of contemporary Zoroastrianism.Described as a beautiful maiden, who is strong, tall and pure, she is depicted as wearing a mantle embroidered with gold and as holding the baresma (sacred plant) in her hand. She is the Goddess of all the waters upon the earth, her full title being Aredvi Sura Anahita which means moist, mighty and immaculate(pure), and she travels on her chariot pulled by four horses: Wind, Rain, Cloud and Sleet. Closely associated with the King's investiture she is a Goddess of Sovereignty, thought by some to be the Persian Aphrodite, who also has some remarkable similarities to numerous other ancient goddesses, including Ishtar,Venus, Nana and Isis.



      Contributors include: Dr. Israel Campos Méndez, Dr. Kaveh Farrokh, Dr.Matteo Compareti, Sheda Vasseghi, D.M. Murdock, Dr. Sam Kerr, Rahele Koulabadi,Dr. Seyyed Rasool Mousavi Haji, Morteza Ataie, Seyed Mehdi Mousavi Kouhpar,Seyyed Sadrudin Mosavi Jashni, Farhang Khademi Nadooshan, Hassan Nia, MasoudSabzali, Dr. Masato Tojo, Behzad Mahmoudi, Amir Mansouri, Dr Kamyar Abdi, Dr Gholamreza Karamian, Maryam Zour, Saman Farzin, Babak Aryanpour, RezaMehrAfarin, Akashanath, Shapour Suren-Pahlav, Ana C. Jones, KatherineSutherland, and Dr. Payam Nabarz.

      TABLE OF CONTENTS
      Hymn to Anahita (Aban Nyayis) ....................................................... 9
      Preface .......................................................................................... 11
      Contributors Biographies .............................................................. 12
      Introduction to Anahita the Lady of Persia
      by Payam Nabarz ....................................................................... 17
      Part 1 - Academic Papers
      Anahita and Mithra in the Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions
      by Dr. Israel Campos Méndez ..................................................... 41
      Exploring the Possibility of Relationships between the Iranian
      Goddess Anahita and the Dame du Lac of the Arthurian Legends
      by Kaveh Farrokh (PhD) ............................................................. 48
      The Representation of Anahita in Sassanian Art: The Case of Taq-i
      Bustan Rock Reliefs and Figurative Capitals
      by Dr. Matteo Compareti ............................................................ 72
      Anahita and William Morris Hunt
      by Sheda Vasseghi ..................................................................... 86
      Was the Persian Goddess Anahita the Pre-Christian Virgin Mother of
      Mithra?
      by D.M. Murdock ....................................................................... 94
      An-ahitm Purity
      by Sam Kerr ............................................................................. 117
      Sassanian Rock Reliefs Attributed to Anahita
      by Rahele Koulabadi, Dr. Seyed Rasool Mousavi Haji and, Morteza
      Ataie ........................................................................................ 131
      A New Look at the Sassanian Silver Ewer with Mythical Depictions
      by Rahele Koulabadi, Seyed Mehdi Mousavi Kouhpar,
      Morteza Ataie ........................................................................... 162

      Politics of hot and mineral springs and Anahita: A short study in
      Parthian and Sassanian period
      by Seyed Sadrudin Mosavi Jashni; Farhang Khademi Nadooshan;
      Hassan Nia; Masoud Sabzali .................................................... 184
      Anahita's Water Ritual In Mahayana Buddhism
      by Dr. Masato Tojo ................................................................... 190
      Sassanid stucco discovered in the Barz-e-qawela in Lorestan province
      of Iran
      by Behzad Mahmoudi, Amir Mansouri, Dr Kamyar Abdi, Dr
      Gholamreza Karamian, Farhang Khademi Nadooshan ............... 203
      Women in ancient Elam (according to archaeological & historical
      evidence)
      by Maryam Zour, Saman Farzin, Babak Aryanpour ................... 216
      Terrbal: Water or Fire Temple
      by Reza MehrAfarin .................................................................. 236
      Part 2 - Arts
      Anahita by Akashnath .............................................................. 249
      Iranian Warrior Women by Shapour Suren-Pahlav .................... 250
      Anahita by Ana C Jones ........................................................... 251
      An Image of Great Goddess Anahita and its Artistic Notes
      by Dr. Tojo Masato ................................................................... 253
      Photos of the temple of Anahita at Bishapour
      by Rahele Koulabadi ................................................................ 257
      Part 3 - Poem
      Great Lady Anahita
      by Katherine Sutherland .......................................................... 261
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