Otoman Zar-Adusht Ha'nish

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Otoman Zar-Adusht Ha'nish (died February 29, 1936) was the founder of the religious movement known as Mazdaznan. His origin is not verified, and differing birth dates are mentioned in various documents. He adopted the name Otoman Zar-Adusht Ha'nish in 1902, and his European follower David Ammann claimed that he was born in 1844 to a Russian diplomat in Teheran and to have been sent as a child to a secret society of Zarathustrians in the Iran mountains due to his serious congenital heart defect, where he was trained to master his hypoxic condition with control of breathing.


Mazdaznan Dietetics and Cookery Book (1913)[edit]

  • It is strange to hear people talk on humanitarianism, who are members of societies for prevention of cruelty to children and animals, and who claim to be God-loving men and women, but who, nevertheless, encourage by their patronage the killing of animals merely to gratify the cravings of appetite.
    • p. 196
  • Even if man were created a carnivorous animal, is there no way for him to outgrow it as he becomes more intelligent?
    • p. 197
  • Some people seem to think that if the animals were not eaten they would multiply so rapidly as to overrun the earth. Is it not true that the more beef there is consumed the more there is raised? These people do not understand that there are men in the business who have made an effort to increase their stock by forced means.
    • p. 197
  • If eating meat why not eat the most highly organised form of meat, which is not beef or mutton, but human flesh? If you still believe in the eating of flesh, then you must admit that at least as far as the fitness of food is concerned the cannibal has the best of the argument.
    • p. 199

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