Middle Eastern mythology

AHURA MAZDA

Zoroastrian Light God

Also known as AHURAMAZDA, ORMAZD, ORMIZD, MAZDA, OROMASDES

The bright and beautiful Zoroastrian Supreme God

He is so bright that a certain brand of electric light bulb is named in his honor. As The Wise Lord and God above all other Gods, AHURA MAZDA was — and still is — worshiped by Zoroastrians as the Lord of Truth, Creator of the Universe and Source of All Good Things. The light bulb reference seems appropriate — we fondly imagine he created the Universe by flipping a cosmic light switch. ‘Let there be light’, in fact.

With the holy AMESHA-SPENTAS and also his sons ATAR and MITHRA providing backup, AHURA MAZDA wages permanent war with AHRIMAN, a deity of unspeakable repulsiveness. AHRIMAN aims to devastate the universe by filling it with pure evil.

Much like GOD and SATAN, they’ve been battling it out for millennia, but AHURA MAZDA has a trump card tucked up his sleeve; SAOSHYANT will show up at the last minute and put everything to rights.

Zoroastrianism was founded by Zoroaster (also known as Zarathushtra) squillions of years ago, and flourished despite being such an awkward religion to spell. Its sacred scripture, the Vesta, unfortunately perished in the Great Fire at the Library of Alexandra, and only a remnant of this fascinating text remains. This is called the Zenda Vesta, which means ‘Scrap of Vesta Which Is Somewhat Charred But Still Jolly Good’.

With its monotheistic concept of GOD and ideas of good and evil spirituality, Zoroastrianism had a huge impact on subsequent religions such as Judaism and Christianity, who appear to have stolen many of its spiritual notions...

Ahura Mazda Facts and Figures

Name: Ahura Mazda
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: AHURAMAZDA, ORMAZD, ORMIZD, MAZDA, OROMASDES

Gender: Male
Type: deity
Area or people: Persia
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Light
Area of expertise: Light

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 39716

Article last updated on 30 November 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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