Ahura Mazdah


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Ahura Mazdah

(ä`ho͝orə măz`də): see ZoroastrianismZoroastrianism
, religion founded by Zoroaster, but with many later accretions. Scriptures

Zoroastrianism's scriptures are the Avesta or the Zend Avesta [Pahlavi avesta=law, zend=commentary].
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(22.) Y 30,9 and 31,4 mazdasca ahuranho "Mazdah and the [other] ahuras." "Mightiest ahura" (seuuisto ahuro in Y 33,11), said of Ahura Mazdah, implies the existence of other ahuras.
(34.) It is odd that Ahura Mazdah wants to strike down only two-thirds of the daeuuas in Mazandaran and the deceivers (i.e., rebels) in Varana: Yt 5,22; 15,8; 19,26: ...
8) is a copy of an older Middle Assyrian text, moving the alleged reference to Ahura Mazdah into the latter half of the second millennium B.C.
(68.) In the Zurvanite heresy the god Zurvan "Time" created the twins (yema), Ohrmazd and Ahriman (from older Ahura Mazdah and Arjra Mainyu), making the parallel with late Vedic beliefs even more striking: M.
Johanna Narten (Die Amesa Spentas im Avesta [Wiesbaden 1982], 66) concluded from Yasna 30,9 and 31,4 mazdas ca ahuranho "Mazdah and the [other] ahura-s" that as an old formula it may indicate that Ahura Mazdah played a role already before Zarathustra.
(134.) Y 45,4 at hoi dugeda husiiaovana armaitis "also His daughter is Right-Mindedness of good works." Zarathustra could not call Asa "Truth" and Vohu Manah "Good Thought" Ahura Mazdah's son or daughter, because both words are grammatically neuter; but the word Armaiti "Right-Mindedness" is grammatically feminine.