Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Abesta

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Edition of 1921; disclaimer.

ABESTA, or AVESTA, the name of one of the sacred books of the Persian magi, which they ascribe to their great founder Zoroaster. The "Abesta" is a commentary on two others of their religious books, called "Zend" and "Pazend"; the three together including the whole system of the Ignicolæ, or worshippers of fire.