from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The chief deity of Zoroastrianism, the creator of the world, the source of light, and the embodiment of good. Also called Ohrmazd.
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- proper n. The divinity exalted by Zoroaster as the one uncreated Creator, or God.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as Ormuzd.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. chief deity of Zoroastrianism; source of light and embodiment of good
The only visible emblem of Ahura Mazda worshipped by the Parsis is fire, and it would seem that the earthly fire, which is called Ahura Mazda's son, is venerated as the offspring and representative of the heavenly fire or the sun.
W: What was their name for that deity, and how was he differentiated from other all-powerful gods such as Ahura Mazda of the Zoroastrians?
Despite the chaos and suffering effected in the world by his onslaught, believers expect Ahriman to be defeated in the end of time by Ahura Mazda.
In Zoroastrian eschatology there is much which has become familiar from reading the Jewish and Christian testaments: heaven, hell, redemption, the promise of a Sashoyant (Messiah), the existence of an evil spirit Ahriman and – most striking of all – the prospect of a final battle for the salvation of man at "the end of time" between Ahura Mazda and Ahriman leading to the latter's final defeat.
Born at a time when the peoples of the Iranian plateau were evolving a settled agriculture, Zoroaster broke with the traditional Aryan religions of the region which closely mirrored those of India, and espoused the idea of a one good God – Ahura Mazda.
Well, how would people react if the “Pledge” stated “one nation under Yahweh” or “one nation under Jesus Christ” or “one nation under Ahura Mazda”?
The name may have changed from Ahura Mazda to Allah, but the concept is the same: said power is fond of good deeds and less fond of mean ones.
They also show Ahura Mazda fighting his nemisis Arhiman, and Darius, Xerxes, and various Artaxerxeses worshiping AM.
In Zoroastrian myths, good and evil were represented by the twins Ahriman and Ahura Mazda.
At first I thought it was Avalokiteshvara, but by the time I got to the end I think it's Ahura Mazda she's talking about.
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