On Sun, 3 Dec 2006 18:55:10 -0800, Larry Caldwell
>In article <0pm6n2hpk5s0tntuc042il7r0v761kphtu@xxxxxxx>,
>eric.stevens@xxxxxxxxx (Eric Stevens) says...
>> On Sun, 3 Dec 2006 12:54:56 -0800, Larry Caldwell
>> <firstnamelastinitial@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> >In the Zoroastrian cosmology, the end of the world will happen when the
>> >Earth is struck by a comet. I always wondered if that implied that
>> >someone in the area actually witnessed an impact, perhaps associated
>> >with the close approach of a comet.
>> Do you have any idea of from when this idea dates?
>I have no clue, and I don't think the Zoroastrians do either. They did
>something that really beaked Iskander off, and he burned all the ancient
>Zoroastrian texts when he conquered Persia. Almost all the ancient
>scriptures were destroyed or had to be recreated from memory.
>I am not familiar enough with the texts to find the earliest reference,
>but the major reference dates from the Middle Persian "Bundahishn" text.
>All the Zoroastrian scriptures are available online in English
>translation at http://avesta.org/. A quick reference to the comet is at
>You might also scroll down on that page to the "Three saviors and the
>resurrection" heading, and take a look at verses 10-18. I don't know if
>snow in the summertime is related to a comet strike, but there is some
>interesting text to mine there.
Many thanks. I will have a look.