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The supreme god in Zoroastrianism.
While there are historical sources indicating that Ahura Mazda comes from indo-iranian religions, where there were two categories of gods, ahuras and daivas, Ahura Mazda only appears in connection with Zoroastrianism, the religion that has its origins in the preaching of
Zarathustra, around 600 BCE.
Ahura Mazda is not the only god in the universe of Zoroastrianism, and he is not the sole creator of the world. Ahura Mazda is the father of two twin spirits, Spenta Mainyu and Angra Mainyu. The former is the holy spirit, the latter the destructive one and is also known as
Ahriman. It appears that Ahura Mazda came to be identified with Spenta Mainyu.
The conceptions of Ahura Mazda changed dramatically over time, probably with an orientation away from the dualism of early Zoroastrianism, into monotheism. It was relatively soon considered that Ahura Mazda had created heaven and earth, and that he was the creator of social structures, protector of kings and all righteous people.
The other deities belonged to the same pantheon from where it is believed that Zarathustra once had taken Ahura Mazda and defined him into an elevated position. These other deities were now considered to be the creation of Ahura Mazda. This is to some extent a monotheistic view, where exisitence is only credited to one god only. Yet the world is administered through the powers of several other gods.

Ahura Mazda (Persian distortions Ormazd, Ormuzd, Hormuz, Ormus, Ohrmizd) - The Wise Lord - is a god of the Zoroastrianism religion in Persia. He is revered and worshipped by Zoroastrians as the good god. He is opposed by Angra Mainyu (Ahriman), who according to some traditions is his twin brother. According to Zoroastrianism, the Earth was created by Ahura Mazda as a battlefield to fight Angra Mainyu.

Atar, Ahura Mazda's son, battled Azhi Dahaka, the great dragon of the sky, and bound it in chains on a high mountain. The dragon was, however, destined to escape and destroy a third of mankind at the final reckoning, before it was slain.

The automobile company
Mazda has taken its name from Ahura Mazda.


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