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chief deity of Zoroastrianism

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Carnoy (91) independently proposed elaborate identifications of Babylonian and Indo-Iranian deities, often involving secondary developments like the seven Adityas of the Veda and the six Amasa Spantas (plus Ahura Mazdah) of the Younger Avesta in an attempt to link them to Babylonian symbolism regarding the number seven.
He argued that Yasna 44 is a unique string of questions that Zarathustra put to his god, Ahura Mazdah. They all begin: "This I ask Thee, tell me plainly, O Ahura." Zarathustra asks how he can succeed in spreading the doctrine.
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.
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." (144) One might thus translate with an added comma: "...
They did not copy the name, and the process remains unclear by which the Indo-Iranians ultimately worshipped with Varuna, Mitra, and Aryaman in the Indian tradition or Ahura Mazdah, Miora, and Airyaman in the Iranian tradition a triad of such deities representing abstract notions.
While in the Avesta Ahura Mazdah is the father of asa "truth" (Old Persian arta), as Samas is the father of Kittu "Truth," in India Varuna and Mitra, especially the former, are the guardians of rta "truth"; they strengthen it and are in turn strengthened by it.