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Title: Pahlavi Texts
Edited By: Edward William West

Please Note: This is the first volume of a five-volume set. Published between 1880 and 1897 as part of Max Müller's Sacred Books of the East series, this five-volume translation of Pahlavi texts was the work of Edward William West (1824–1905). Largely self-taught, West developed his knowledge of ancient oriental languages in India, where he worked as a civil engineer. After returning to Europe, West focused on the study of sacred Zoroastrian texts and prepared these translations of Pahlavi manuscripts, cementing his reputation for pioneering scholarship. His writings and editions are still referenced today in Indo-Iranian studies. Volume 1 includes the Bundahis (Zoroastrian traditions about the creation of the world), the Bahman Yast (a prophetic text detailing thousands of years of history, including the downfall and rebirth of Zoroastrianism) and the Shayâst Lâ-Shâyast (detailing ritual impurity and sin, and purification rituals, such as those used for dead bodies). In his introduction, West compares these texts to the biblical books of Genesis, Revelation, and Leviticus. Part I. Introduction: 1. The Parsi scriptures 2. The Pahlavi language and literature 3. The Bundahis 4. The selections of Zâd-sparam 5. The Bahman Yast 6. Shâyast lâ-Shâyast 7. Concluding remarks Part II. The Translations: 1. Bundahis 2. Selections of Zâd-sparam 3. Bahman Yast 4. Shâyast lâ-Shâyast Index Errata Transliteration of oriental alphabets.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Pahlavi
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781108054294
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