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Ahuras / Yazatas
The "good gods". These are the beings venerated by Zoroastrianism.
- Light 'em Up: Associated with light.
- Light Is Good: The ur-example, since Zoroastrianism kick-started the light/dark moral dualism seen in most modern religions.
- Our Angels Are Different: Generally translated as angels and in some cases precursors to Judeo-Christian angels.
Ahura Mazda / Ohrmazd
The supreme god in Zoroastrianism, Ahura Mazda is the embodiment of light and wisdom. All yazatas are "sparks" from him.
- Ambiguous Gender: Usually depicted as male, but "Mazda" is of feminine gender.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to God of Evil Angra Mainyu.
- DivineInfernal Family: He and the God of Evil Angra Mainyu are twins. The Zurvanism sect posits they have an androgynous parent in Zurvan, god of time.
- God Is Good: With the added bonus of not having any (recorded) myths of moral ambiguity like the Abrahamic god.
- God of Order: Along with good, Ahura Mazda is supposed to represent order and truth as well.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Classically he is just depicted as an empty chariot carried by two white horses, basically an invitation for the actual god to join you in battle. The classical winged-sun associated with Zoroastrianism is actually meant to represent a fravashi.
The yazata of covenant and friendship.
The yazata of healing and wisdom.
The holy waters.
The holy fire. Usually the offspring of Apam Napat.
- Fire Purifies: He burns away evil. But with the twist that its so pure that you can't actually dump impure things in it like corpses.
- Playing with Fire: He is the reason why Zoroastrianism is frequently associated with fire.
The yazata of the sun.
The "bad gods". Broadly speaking these are simply gods not to be worshiped, with the Gathas portraying them as neutral, though their depiction quickly escalated into outright demonic beings.
- Irony: Their name comes from a proto-Indo-European word for "light"/"day", yet they are more often associated with darkness in lore. For added bonus, A History of Zoroastrianism by Mary Boyce suggests that the gods of Scythian Mythology in particular are their inspiration... and they are led by Tabiti.
- Our Demons Are Different: Generally translated as "demon", though the similarity between both words is pure coincidence.
Ahriman / Angra Mainyu
Literally "evil mind", this is the ultimate evil. A primordial being of darkness counterpart to Ahura Mazda's light, often literally his brother, Ahriman's only purpose in life is being a dick for no reason.
"It is not that I cannot create anything good, but that I will not."