Parsi Scriptures consist of Dasatir and Vesta or Zend-Avesta. Dasatir is further divided into two parts: Khurda Dasatir and Kalan Dasatir.
Avesta is further divided into Khurda Avesta and Kalan Avesta also known as Zend or Maha-Zend.
The religious scriptures of the Parsis are found in two languages: Pahlawi (Pahlawi script resembles the present Persian script) and Zendi. Besides these two scripts, some religious literature is found in cuneiform writing.
Some Parsis consider the Zend Avesta to be more authentic than the Dasatir while the others consider Dasatir to be more authentic.
Zend Avesta is divided into three parts:
The first part contains Vendid.
The second part contains Sirozahs, Yashts and Nyays.
The third part contains Gathas, Yasha, Visparad, Afrinagan Gahs and miscellaneous.
Dasatir means a book of ten parts: ‘Das’ meaning 'ten' and ‘tir’ meaning ‘a part’. Dasatir is also the plural of Dastur, which means law or religious code.
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