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The Iranian religion and philosophy that spawned most patriarchal religions including: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (adherents are Muslims) and Gnosticism. A strong belief in the dichotomy of good and evil is prevalent, as is the belief in one supreme god (monotheism) and the creation of humans from the \seed of Gayomard\" (a primeval man). Woman are considered to be easily tempted by evil and should be watched. Menstruation and childbirth are regarded as polluted, etc. Sound familiar? Most of this was adopted by later Western religions and continues to be taught to this day!"