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chief deity of Zoroastrianism

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83) Zarathustra stressed the exalted position of Ahura Mazdah as "Lord" (ahura) versus the devalued daeuuas of the traditional Iranian religion, and Zoroastrian ritual in the younger Avesta included frequent denunciations of the evil daeuuas-, in contrast Indians continued their practice of Vedic ritual and the worship of the many devas, protecting, as it were, the term deva, whereas the ambiguous term asura was available to denote the counter-gods who threatened to overturn the moral order of the world, replacing truth with untruth--all under the watchful eye of the creator Prajapati.
He argued that Yasna 44 is a unique string of questions that Zarathustra put to his god, Ahura Mazdah.
This attempt by Simo Parpola to derive Ahura Mazdah from the Neo-Assyrian cult of Assur (ca.
123) What both traditions have in common (and share with the Mitanni treaties) is the belief in some gods that are personified abstractions with a clearly defined function as guardians of an ethical principle: Varuna and Ahura Mazdah as guardians of Truth, Mitra/Miora as guardian of contracts or treaties.
There exists an undeniable homology with Ahura Mazdah, the father of Asa "Truth" (132) and Vohu Manah "Good Thought," (133) and of his daughter Armaiti "Right, Pious Thinking.
Samas is called "wise" (136) and could well have been the inspiration for Vanina and Mitra of the Mitanni treaties, Varuna and Mitra of the Rgveda, and Ahura Mazdah and Miora of the Iranian tradition (both in the Avestan and the Persian form).
He has his own light as a forerunner of "the sun, the splendid eye of Ahura Mazdah.
Scholars have been tempted to trace the Vedic god Varuna and the Avestan supreme god Ahura Mazdah back to an Indo-Iranian deity *Varuna, Ahura Mazdah being a reinterpretation of the inherited deity; that is a speculative thought, though a common origin of some sort for both is likely.