Ahura Mazda

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Ahura Mazda/Ahriman

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Ahura Mazda is the Zoroastrian high god of light. According to tradition, he is using humankind to defeat Ahriman, or Angra Mainyu, the devil figure of darkness, who has come to Earth to tempt humans away from the light. A battle of light and darkness, good and evil, is being waged that will end at the last judgment, when light will triumph and a new, purified Earth will enter into its prophesied eternal age of destiny.

Ahura Mazda


the supreme god in a number of ancient and early medieval Iranian religions in Southwest and Middle Asia, as well as in the ancient Armenian pantheon, some syncretic Hellenistic cults, and so forth. Today Ahura Mazda is still recognized by the Parsees and the Gabars. In the ancient Persian religion the supreme (but not the sole) god Ahura Mazda was the creator of the sky, the earth, and man, and also the protector of the king and the guarantor of public law and order. In the Gathas by Zarathustra, Ahura Mazda is a single god with the functions of the principal ancient gods, and in the Young Avesta he is the head of a new pantheon of gods. With the development of dualistic notions about the age-old struggle between the principles of good and evil, Ahura Mazda came to be associated with good, in opposition to Angra Mainyu. The modern Zoroas-trians, the Parsees, recognize only the one good god Ahura Mazda (Ormazd) and understand Angra Mainyu (Ahriman) to be essentially only a symbol of the evil tendencies in man.


Ahura Mazda

(Ormuzd, Ormazd) the spirit of good and creator of all things. [Zoroastrianism: Payton, 11]
See: God
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Herrenschmidt ("Notes de vieux perse III," Indo-Iranian Journal 36 [1993]: 45-50) translated the difficult final phrase: "moi j'ai sacrifie a Ahura Mazda (avec) un brazman selon le bon agencement.
Both the priest and the child in ritual unity, paiwand, begin to recite aloud the Ahura Mazda Khodae (Kusti Bastan) prayer (figure 4).
For instance, according to the Gatha, Ahura Mazda planted a seed on earth.
This veneration evolved into ritual, and tire temples, typically built in a circle, were constructed around these natural furnaces as a way to revere Ahura Mazda by protecting the sacred flame from impurities (Aliyev 22).
Dazu stutzt er sich auf die beim Opfer rezitierten Texte (ohne deren Ubersetzung und Interpretation philologisch genau zu begrunden), soweit sich die Mythen von der Entstehung des Kosmos, von Zarathustra als erstem menschlichen Opferer, von den Fravasis als Ahura Mazdas Helfern bei der Schopfung des Kosmos usw.
This 'light' is in fact the fulcrum of all the Iranian theogonies, whether symbolized by Mithra, God of the light and guardian of the truth and moral perfection, or metamorphosed as the Fire which Zoroaster symbolized in Ahura Mazda, thus establishing a parallel between celestial and moral light.
Although Ahura Mazda created people, he was not able to exercise control over them due to interference from his evil opposite (who invariably attracted followers).
Naturally, the world is far from being perfect or complete; it is rather a battlefield for the confrontation between Ahura Mazda and Ahriman.
It was through these qualities, known as Amesha Spentas, that Ahura Mazda was believed to make his presence known to man.
I find it wholly inconceivable that Ardasir I, for instance, would destroy statues of Ahura Mazda in temples while ordering the carvings of the reliefs showing him inaugurated to kingship by the highest Zoroastrian god.
anayra raoca: the place where Ahura Mazda dwells), in which alternating Pahlavi renditions of the Avestan cinuuat.