Did you perchance mean deva?
- From Avestan 𐬛𐬀𐬉𐬬𐬀 (daēva, "god"). See daeva for more. (Wiktionary)
“Asmodeus, also known as Ashmadia or Asmodai, is most likely derived from a form of Persian, the phrase aeshma-daeva, meaning demon of wrath.”
“It may be observed that a similar change and deterioration of meaning has taken place in the Iranian languages in the case of the word daeva.”
“There is also a curious coincidence in the similarity in sound between daeva, the modern Persian dev, and the word devil.”
“But while these words, like the Sanskrit deva, retain the good meaning, daeva has come to mean "an evil spirit".”
“And even though it be a mutilated form of some Iranian ancestor of the Persian Aeshma daeva, what more natural than a Median name for a demon whose obsession was accomplished upon Median soil?”
“Weber thinks that this implies close acquaintance with Persian worship, a sort of tit-for-tat; for the Hindu would in that case call the holy spirit, _ahura_, of the Persian a devil, just as the Persian makes an evil spirit, _daeva_, out of the Hindu god, _deva_.”
“Indian _diva_, the general term for a god, is in Persian the designation of a wicked spirit, _daeva_.”
“The Persian employment of _daeva_ for 'evil spirit' may be explained as a protest not against Indian gods, but against the deities of their own land; so the Hebrew prophets or their editors apply opprobrious names, "no-god" and other terms, to deities regarded by them as inadequate.”
“Biblica, s.v.) finds traces of Iranian legend in the name of the demon Asmodeus (Tob., iii, 8) which is the Persian Aeshma daeva; as also in the dog = = "with the Persians a certain power over evil spirits was assigned to the dog.”
“Slavic ogni) was first brought to earth from heaven by a half-divine personality is (at least) Aryan, as Kuhn has shown.] [Footnote 23: Compare the _kavis_ and _ugijs_ (poets and priests) of the Veda with the evil spirits of the same names in the Avesta, like _daeva_ = _deva_.”
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