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Relief Sculpture of Ahura Mazda at Persepolis

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Achaemenid civilization, Gold earring with relief depicting god Ahura-Mazda, 6-4th century b.c. #Achaemenids

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Ahura Mazda. the Iranian sky god, the Wise Lord, and god of order, depicted as a bearded man on a winged disk, was the principal god of the ancient Zoroastrians. He was one of the Indo-Iranian spiritual lords who also included Mithra and Varuna. Achaemenid Persians worshiped him as Ahuramazda, giver of kingship. Later dynasties worshiped him as a perfect and omniscient spirit. He came to be depicted in human form.

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Persian Ahura mazda and Sumerian winged disc C.700 BCE

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Ahura Mazda, Supreme God in Zoroastrianism, Persepolis

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Ahura Mazda, supreme god in ancient Iranian religion, especially in the religious system of the Iranian prophet Zoroaster (7th century–6th century bc) #Persia #Mythology #Ormazd

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Winged god Ahura Mazda offering libation, relief, early 1st millennium BCE Urartian, from palace of Urartu

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Achaemenid Relief, 6th century BCE. Two winged sphinxes topped by a winged disk, emblem of the god Ahura Mazda. Enamelled brick panel (6th-5th BCE) from Susa, Iran.

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Mithra- pre-Zoroastrian divinity that was the god that ensured contracts and promises were kept binding. As this divinity stood for good, Zoroastrianism incorporated him as an angel in the religion's divine hierarchy, with Ahura Mazda, Lord Wisdom, as the only uncreated Creator God. Interesting that the surviving Zoroastrians use this rock carving as the inspiration to portray a stylised picture of their prophet Zarathushtra, founder of the world's first monotheistic religion.

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