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The section on the creation of man is apparently all-Islamic in conception. It focuses exclusively on man, quite in isolation from the other elements of the Zoroastrian world (namely sky, earth, water, plant, animal and fire) in the account of the creation in the Pahlavi Bundahisn and other texts. The first part of Bahman's petition, is reminiscent of the oldest Zoroastrian scriptures, the Gathas of Zoroaster. Second, it is almost simultaneously reminded of the way in which Ferdowsi refers back to his ancient sources, as at the beginning of the story of Rostam and Sohrab. In the dehqan's story there is a tale that had been versified from ancient narratives "This companion" refers to the physical body, which parts company with the soul which returns to the physical element of nature at Death.

Keywords: Commentary: Pahlavi Bundahisn; Zoroastrian scriptures



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