Zarathustra, or Zoroaster, whether real or mythical, was the founder of the faith that preceded Islam in Central Asia and Iran.
He possibly lived sometime between 1000 BC and 1500 BC but no one really knows.
Zoroastrianism was the first faith to propose the concept of an invisible, omnipotent god.
It is also known as a fire worshipping faith, as the followers were asked to pray towards the direction of light.
Fire was a light that they could control, more than the sun or moon, so their temples always contained continually burning fires.
We have seen many examples of Zoroastrianism throughout our travels in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran and we have heard many interesting ideas about its origins.
This faith is still practiced covertly in Iran and more openly in India.
Many Zoroastrian temples and buildings are adorned with a base-relief carving of a winged figure known as Fravashi or Guardian Spirit. He was regarded as the spirit who reached their deity Ahura Mazda.
Zoroastrianism is also known as Mazdaism and as Magism from the name of their ancient priests, the Magi.
The Three Wise Men were thought to be Zoroastrian and to come from Kashan, south of Tehran.
Zoroastrianism is said to have influenced Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
I find it amazing that all these religions appear to be at odds with each other, yet they have so much in common.