René Guénon on Zoroastrianism

René Guénon on Zoroastrianism

Guénon, in one of his early writings compiled in Miscellania, mentions Zurvanism as the correct and esoteric understanding of Zoroastrianism.

In The Crisis of the Modern World, he makes the extraordinary claim that Zoroaster does not designate an individual person, but rather represents a prophetic and legislative function, which he thinks may have been a collective function representing the whole priestly caste.

In The Symbolism of the Cross, he expresses the opinion that the concept of ‘Universal Man’ seems to be represented in Zoroastrianism by Vohu Mana.

In Introduction to the Study of the Hindu Doctrines, he mentions that the Parsis exist.

In a letter to Julius Evola, he says that no regular initiatic organization seems to exist among the Parsis, “who moreover have conserved only rather incomplete fragments of their tradition”, whereas the Zoroastrians of Central Asia “have quite other knowledge, even if they keep it hidden.”


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