Ahriman

Ahriman

[ah-ri-muhn]
noun Zoroastrianism.
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Ahriman (ˈɑːrɪmən)
 
n
Zoroastrianism the supreme evil spirit and diabolical opponent of Ormazd

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ahriman

the evil spirit in the dualistic doctrine of Zoroastrianism. His essential nature is expressed in his principal epithet-Druj, "the Lie." The Lie expresses itself as greed, wrath, and envy. To aid him in attacking the light, the good creation of Ahura Mazda, the Wise Lord, Ahriman created a horde of demons embodying envy and similar qualities. 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. Confined to their own realm, his demons will devour each other, and his own existence will be quenched.

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