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- n. Ahura Mazda's adversary, the chief spirit of darkness and evil in Zoroastrianism.
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- proper n. The hypostasis of chaos, destruction, evil in Zoroastrianism.
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- n. The Evil Principle or Being of the ancient Persians; the Prince of Darkness as opposer to Ormuzd, the King of Light.
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- n. the spirit of evil in Zoroastrianism; arch rival of Ormazd
Tempted by Ahriman, the first man and woman had fallen; and for twelve thousand years there was to be war between _Ormuzd_ and the Good Spirits created by him, and _Ahriman_ and the Evil ones whom he had called into existence.
I forbore to mention that the reason I knew the name Ahriman was because of a classic Conan The Barbarian story...
The name Ahriman, however, does not actually occur in this Yasna.
According to the Sadder Bun-Dehesch, a more modern work, Ahriman is to be annihilated: but this is contrary to the text itself of the
"It's the Hebrew word for Adversary," said Etheriel impatiently. 1 could say Ahriman, which is the Persian word.
For, to say nothing of the apparently independent existence of the principle of darkness and evil called Ahriman, the relation of the
The great Persian religious teacher Zoroaster, who lived centuries before Alexander, taught that all must choose whom they would follow, but that at the end of time Ahriman would be defeated by the Wise Lord.
Opposing him was Ahriman, a powerful spirit bent on evil and leading humans astray.
Bahram Modi, a Parsi trader from Bombay, laments that he sold his soul to Ahriman, the devil-figure in the Zoroastrian faith, "and it was all for nothing."
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.