Two Chthonic Features of the Daēva Cult in Historical Evidence

  title={Two Chthonic Features of the Daēva Cult in Historical Evidence},
  author={A B Arab Ahmadi},
  journal={History of Religions},
  pages={346 - 370}
  • A. Ahmadi
  • Published 1 February 2015
  • Philosophy
  • History of Religions
The background of the demonization in Zoroastrianism of the daēvas, seemingly a group of ancient Iranian gods, has puzzled historians of religion. It is curious that the inherited root *d[e]iṷ ‘shine’ that yields in a number of IndoEuropean languages words related to diurnal sky, including divine names, should give in Iranian languages the word for “malicious spirits.” In the (later) Avesta the word daēvais used to refer to noxious supernatural beings, somewhat akin to the bad variety of… 



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