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I'm sorry, I was mistaken.

Posted by Dinah on July 16, 2003, at 11:47:51

In reply to re: :: Belief-O-Matic ::, posted by habbyshabit on July 16, 2003, at 3:53:30

It was bull's urine which is considered a powerful purifying agent in Zoroastrianism.

"Most of the purification rituals in the Vendidad consist of multiple baths or rubdowns with bull's urine, earth, and water, accompanied by the recital of the proper prayers. The most powerful ritual is the barashnom, a rite that lasts nine days and nights, in which the person to be purified is isolated in a special enclosure and bathed nine times with the sequence of bull's urine, dry earth, and water, as he moves through a series of sacred patterns and spaces laid out on the ground. This ritual can take away the pollution of close contact with corpses, but is reserved for serious occasions due to its length and complexity."

It's a fascinating religion. One of the first monotheistic religions, although actually it is more of a dualistic religion. Good/Evil.




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