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Comparison Of Zoroastrianism And Buddhism

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Zoroastrianism and Buddhism, like many other world religions, attempted to answer the big questions that were being asked in Southwest Asia and India in the Axial Age (700 B.C.E - 500 B.C.E) and establish social order. Social order, in this sense, refers to a set of customs and values that create well-behaved citizens and allow a society to exist safely and harmoniously. While both religions tried to make sense of suffering and provide guidance to people on how to live their lives, each differs tremendously in their fundamental beliefs. Zoroaster, the founder of Zoroastrianism, examined human suffering with the idea of two contrasting forces, Good, referred to as Ahura Mazda and Evil, Ahriman, each represented by light and darkness. Ahriman
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