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The Zend Avesta

Posted on | July 25, 2011 | 13 Comments

The Zend Avesta are the main texts used in the Zoroastrian faith. These many different texts are believed to have been transmitted orally for centuries before they were written down in the 3rd century.
Zend Avesta PDF
According to legend preserved in the Book of Arda Viraf, a 3rd or 4th century work, a written version of The Zend Avesta had existed in the palace library of the Achaemenid kings (559–330 BC), but which was then supposedly lost in a fire caused by the troops of Alexander the Great. This is the complete Zend Avesta in English, a Public Domain version published in 1880 in Oxford.

The Zend Avesta
The Zend Avesta are the main texts used in the Zoroastrian faith.
Written by: Unknown oral sources
Published by: Orford at the Clarendon Press
Edition: Translated for the work: The Sacred Books of the East
Available in: Ebook

Download it here in PDF-format (395 pages):

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13 Responses to “The Zend Avesta”

  1. darius!
    May 27th, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

    excellent! thank you so much. in the name, truth and light of ahura mazda :)

  2. manjit singh
    October 13th, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    I wish someone could explain to me the true concept and meaning of the Zend Avesta.

    I welcome comments

  3. Bahram
    August 15th, 2014 @ 7:58 am

    Ich glaube Ahura Mazda!

  4. Bob C
    September 21st, 2014 @ 4:40 am

    Probably impossible for us to ever know the meaning of it but I am sure some phony young college student liberal with an earring and an Obama bumper sticker would be all too happy to try to explain his version.

  5. chandravadan bachhav
    March 9th, 2015 @ 4:28 pm

    zenda means flag in indian languages and avesta might mean a-veda or Anti-veda

  6. Nima Aqazadeh
    April 16th, 2018 @ 6:55 pm

    Hi, Zend or Zand, is actually kind of the writing style or the language used to write Avesta. As far as I know, Zend is a part of Avestan language which is used to write Avesta.

  7. Iolanda
    March 9th, 2016 @ 10:50 am

    excellent! thank you so much!

  8. Shahid Ali
    May 18th, 2016 @ 1:26 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing this sacred book with us. May God lead us to the real truth of this world . Amen

  9. Renato
    January 4th, 2017 @ 5:10 am

    Thank you!

  10. GTGran
    February 15th, 2017 @ 9:14 am

    Thank you !

  11. Kamran
    November 15th, 2017 @ 9:20 am

    Hi is there a Microsoft word version of the Holly Avesta? i need it for my research

  12. Lichtenberg
    November 15th, 2017 @ 11:32 am

    Dear Kamran, not any I am aware of. I expect that you need a clean text version for searching. In that case I would suggest that you convert the PDF to a text readable version, then copy the text to a word document for further research. There is a number of tools for that out there. Adobe has some solutions, but you can also find some freewares.
    Best wishes

  13. Ghayas Ud Din
    May 5th, 2018 @ 8:41 am

    Zand is neither a language nor a style. This is an old Iranian language (Old Persian) word, meaning “Interpretation” or “Explanation”. It means that Avesta was not written in Persian. As we know, Zoroaster was basically from the present day Loralai or Zhob district of Balochistan, inhabited by Pashtoon ethnicity, therefore, it comes clear that Avesta was written in Pashto.

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