Deities & spirits

Daeva

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09 Oct 2016 13:04 #13 by Chronos
Daeva (daeuua, daaua, daeva) is an Avestan language term for a particular sort of supernatural entity with disagreeable characteristics. In the Gathas, the oldest texts of the Zoroastrian canon, the daevas are "wrong gods" or "false gods" or "gods that are (to be) rejected". This meaning is – subject to interpretation – perhaps also evident in the Old Persian "daiva inscription" of the 5th century BCE. In the Younger Avesta, the daevas are noxious creatures that promote chaos and disorder. In later tradition and folklore, the dews (Zoroastrian Middle Persian; New Persian divs) are personifications of every imaginable evil.

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