Zoroastrianism originated in Persia, a civilization known for its passion for written poetry and history. It is no wonder that Zoroastrianism had a great affect on the literary culture of the time. The impact that this religion made is very evident in philosophical thought and is seen in action in the Middle and Far East.

Zoroastrianism is one of oldest religions. Entering recorded history at approximately the fifth century B.C., it grew exponentially among the Medes and Persians under Cyrus the Great. Zoroastrianism is based on the prophecies of the Persian, Zoroaste. Basically, this religion teaches that peace is reached through good lifestyle. In Zoroastrianism, Ahura Mazda is the good creator who battles to defeat evil (druj or Ahriman, who seeks to destroy creation). Mazda is not extremely active in the world; thus, chaos is kept at bay by the good thoughts, deeds, and words of the followers of Ahura Mazda. By way of the Silk Road, these principles were even proclaimed in the Far East and had an affect on another growing religion, Buddhism. Once Zoroastrianism took hold in Persian court, it quickly began to affect their literature.
Zoroastrian beliefs set a high ethical standard. For this cause, Persia expanded its territory in the name of other cultures’ ethical advancement. Since Persians loved writing, poetry, and history, these conquests--and the Zoroastrian views that backed them up--became a topic of interest. One of the most notable writings of Zoroastrian influence is the Persian national epic, Shah-Nama.

Among the first mono-theistic religions, Zoroastrian ideals greatly impacted many future worldviews. Literature helped by serving as a media form which effectively spread Zoroastrian beliefs. In present culture, Zoroastrianism religion still has followers in parts of India, Iran, Pakistan, and even Great Britain.