Since the times of Kanga, Jeevanji Modi, Macdonnel, Monier Williams and Taraporewalla, very little effort has gone into original translation and Philology; with most translators of our scriptures not being conversant with the giant strides made in the language studies of the Avesta as well as its sister Arya dialect known as Rig Vedic Sanskrit
The Vandidad is a code of Rituals composed in the Avesta language about 100-200 years after the Gathas were composed.
According to Dr Martin Haug ("The language of the Parsi scriptures")
A common refrain goes as follows:
According to Vandidad, death, disease, injury and so on are acts of Ahriman (Devil). The Vandidad also prescribes certain punishments for certain types of mis-deeds. Apparently and according to literal translations of such passages, some of those punishments are very harsh (such as lashing for so and so many times) which could certainly result in severe injuries (which is according to the same source is a work of Ahriman). Do we have a contradiction here? A righteous person punishing an unrighteous one for a misdeed but committing an evil act himself? I must be missing something here? Could somebody explain.
2. Incorrect interpretation. :
Lets not forget the creation hymn which refers to matter being created through a primordial sound (Man-tra); with a burst of energy (heat and light); a reality only recently attested by science.
[Scientific Validation: Science magazine (March 8 2002, pg 1868-1873): E=mC2
See Dr.Mary Settegast's "When Zarathushtra Spoke"
Modern science has thus confirmed the assertion in the Rig Vedas that their enemies lived in constructed houses and used metallic implements.
According to James
"Among the accomplishments of the grammarians can be reckoned a method for paraphrasing (Vedic) Sanskrit in a manner that is identical not only in essence but in form with current work in Artificial Intelligence.”
Whereas the Yasnas & Yashts, are hymns in praise of Mazda and/or his attributes, the Vandidad is a code of conduct; a ritualistic code so strict that historians believe it was composed at a time of great political adversity.
These so called scholars seem to have ignored references to the Creator as Vohu-Manah or Ocean of Love; one who rules through education, not instruction.
This "whipping" obsession was a Roman past-time which had obviously influenced the middle east areas that they historically ruled.
We are the upholders of "Reasoning" [Mun-yush Maz-daa Por-vu-em: The power to Reason is the first and foremost] as opposed to the Druj (evil) who insist on blind obedience and conformance under threat of violence.
In the Zarathushti faith, there is self inflicted consequence for ones own actions. (A-sha).