Monthly Archives: December 2014

The five fires or life forces of the creation


The ancient Iranian cosmogonists regarded fire as forming the life force within the creation, and so animating the world (see Bundahišn, tr., chaps, 3.7-8; 6g. 1; Zātspram, chap. 3.77-83). In the poetic gathas fire is closely associated with “mind, spirit, passion, … Continue reading

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The Destructive Spirit and the Daevas in the early Gathic Avestan Worldview


The Destructive Spirit and the Daevas in the early Gathic Avestan Worldview John Easter 2014 Ahriman is the Middle Persian equivalent for Angra Mainyu. Angra Mainyu is from the older Gathic Avestan language of the Gathas where it means destructive/hostile … Continue reading

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The shining Twin Yima, Vedic Yama and Old Norse Ymir


The shining Twin Yima, Vedic Yama and Old Norse Ymir Yima is a primordial twin and a hero king of the Ice Age in the Avesta. The very name Yima means “twin” and is related to Latin Gemini. The twofold … Continue reading

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Music in the Avesta and Ancient Iran


There is reference to the use of trumpets in the Zoroastrian Vî-daæv-dátá or Vendidad.Avesta tells the story of shining Yimá (Old Norse Ymir, Vedic Yama are related.) In the Avestan lore, Yima was an ingenious leader. He reigned during the … Continue reading

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