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Fire Worship

was introduced into Persia by Phoedima, widow of Smerdis, and wife of Gushtasp darawesh, usually called Hystaspes (B.C. 521-485). It is not the sun that is worshipped, but God, who is supposed to reside in it; at the same time they reverence the sun, not as a deity but as the throne of deity. (See Parsees.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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