Zoroastrian Creation Myth

Zoroastrian Creation Myth

The Zoroastrian creation myth says that in the beginning, there was nothing in the world but Ahura Mazda, the Wise Lord, who lived in the Endless Light. And the evil Evil Spirit Ahriman, who lived in the Absolute Darkness. And between these realms was emptiness.

One day, Ahura Mazda decided to make different creations. First he shaped the sky made of metal, shining and bright. Second, he made pure water. Third, he created the earth, flat and round with no mountains or valleys. Fourth he made the plants, moist with no thorns. Fifth, created animals, big and small.

Then, the Zoroastrian creation myth continues, he created the First Man, called Gayomard, bright, tall, and handsome. Last he created fire and distributed it withing the creation. The Wise Lord ordered fire to serve mankind in preparing food and overcoming cold.

The Evil Spirit peeked out of his dark world to see all the amazing new creations. The Wise Lord called him and said: “Evil Spirit! Aid my creatures and give them praise so that you will be immortal”. The Evil Spirit snarled: “Why should I aid your creatures? Why Should I praise them? I am more powerful!< I will destroy you and your creatures”. Then he crawled back to the darkness to shape demons, witches, and monsters to attack the Endless Light.

The Wise Lord was All-Knowing. He knew what the Evil Spirit was doing, and he also knew would be a great battle with the Dark side. So the Wise Lord fashioned six spirit: The Holy Immortals, to guard His creations against the Endless Darkness. The Wise Lord shaped the Holy Immortals from his own soul, each giving His own nature.

The first Holy Spirit, based on what the Zoroastrian creation myth tell us, was Khashathra, the Righteous Power, guardian of the sky. Then the Wise Lord created Haurvatat, the Peace and Perfection, she was the protector of the waters. Next was Spenta Armaiti, the Holy Devotion, she was the Earth guardian. The other Holy Spirit , Ameretat, the Immortality, wasthe protector of the plants. Vohu Manah, the Good Mind, decided to protect the animals. And Asha Vahishta, the Justice was the guardian of the Fire. Lastly, the Wise Lord made his own Holy Spirit protector of mankind.

Ahriman saw the Wise Lord’s Holy Immortals and was enraged. “Ahura Mazda! I will destroy you and all your creations. You will never be victorious” he cried. So he, and his demons attacked God’s creations one by one. They tried to destroy the water but they could only bring bitterness to it. They tried to destroy the Earth but they could only put mountains and valleys. They tried to wither the plants but they only grew horns. The Evil Spirit and his demons brought sadness against happiness, pain against pleasure, pollution against purification and death against life. They attacked Gayomard, the First Man, and gave him sickness and death.

The Evil Spirit thought he had destroyed the mankind and became victorious against the light, but he was ignorant and foolish. when Gayomard died, from his bones grew a rhubarb plant. After forty years, a man and a woman, Mashya and Mashyana, grew out of the plant. Mashya and Mashyana promised the Wise Lord that their children would help Him in His battle with the Evil Spirit, then gave birth to fifteen twins and every pair scattered around the world and became a race. Then each person followed the good thoughts, good deeds and good words. Each became the follower of the Wise Lord in His battle with the Evil Spirit.

And this is the Zoroastrian Creation Myth.


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