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Vendidad is the only part of the Avesta, the collection of holy texts in Zoroastrianism, that is fully preserved to our time.
The Vendidad is marked by repetitious phrases, formulas, and intricate regulations on purity. The Vendidad includes the long night-office ritual in Zoroastrianism, which shall protect against demons, the inhabitants of darkness.
This ritual is only performed by the priests, and the laity only participates with covering of the costs, even if they are allowed to attend. This ritual is performed from midnight until about 07.00. The entire sacred text of Vendidad is read during this ritual. Vendidad is often used as a synonym for the night-office.

By Tore Kjeilen