ud agar ek ast i azis ne pad-petit a-s rah i o dosox ne bast bawed ce ne pad sud i Ohrmazd
The three male figures represent Zurvan, the deity of infinite time in pre-Islamic Zoroastrian Iran, and his twin sons Ohrmazd
, the deity of light and Ahriman, the deity of darkness, who are locked in a fight for the control of the universe.
For instance, the Zervanist sect of Mazdaism maintains that both Ohrmazd
, Time, the Creator, and his great Adversary were originally created in the mind of a God of Absolute Time, Zervan.
Thus the term becomes synonymous with Ohrmazd
(`principle of good') in opposition to Ahraman (`principle of evil').(9) Their neighbours had a different name for them.
Ahura Mazda (or Ohrmazd
) - the name of the supreme god of the Zoroastrian faith - is self-created, omniscient, omnipresent, holy, invisible, and beyond human conceptualization.(19) He is neither begotten, nor is there anyone who is his equal.
This must be the primary version, whereas the Phoenician version in which the demiurge works on the egg from outside, like the Iranian version in which Ohrmazd
fashions the celestial egg out of light, represents an accommodation to older, simpler native mythology where a capable god (Khushor, Ohrmazd
) made heaven and earth, and that was all there was to it.(47)
(68.) In the Zurvanite heresy the god Zurvan "Time" created the twins (yema), Ohrmazd
and Ahriman (from older Ahura Mazdah and Arjra Mainyu), making the parallel with late Vedic beliefs even more striking: M.
raw o en eran dehan i man ohrmazd
dad abaz wiray gah i den ud xwadayih ...
ud ka-iz hamag abestag zand warm wabartom agah-mansr zarduxstratom mow-ew pad Ohrmazd
ud Ohrmazd-mowbedih ayriy saxwan-wiray hu-den kay-ew pad madayan dahibedih mad estad he eg-isan pad-dad kardag wardenidan ...