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The first part of the text, which refers to the ancient past, is dominated by the class of kings and their priests. The period of transition and early settlement is directed by the guidance and ritual agency of the priesthood. The military sections C2 and 3 are dominated by the warrior class (though this may also include priestly Zoroastrians). The final part of the main narrative (D1-3) introduces the laity as the guiding force of the community, mainly in the figure of Changa Asa. It has been argued through this book that the QS does not merely record events in a quasi-historical narrative, but it is a mythologised story that reflects Bahman's and the Parsi Zoroastrian community's interests and identity in India at the time of the text's composition.

Keywords: India; kings and priests; warrior; Zoroastrians



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