Yazatas
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Name
Yazatas
Aliases
Zoroastrian gods, Persian gods
Physical Characteristics
Body Type
Humanoid
Eyes
Skin
Number of Limbs
2
Number of Fingers
5
Number of Toes
5
Special Adaptations
True immortals, who cease to age upon reaching adulthood.
Origin
Origin
Pantheon of Earth-Gods
Creators and Appearances
Creators

The Yazatas are a humanoid race of extradimensional beings that hale from Zurvan, a small pocket-dimension adjacent to Earth. An interdimensional nexus between Elysium, the Realm of Infinite Time and Earth exists on Mount Damavand in the Alborz Mountains and at Naqsh-e Rustam (within modern-days Iran). The Yazatas were worshiped as Gods by the people of ancient Persia, and are still invoked by people of the Zoroastrian faith to this day.[1]

History

Origin

The divinity representing the force of good, Ahura Mazda, was the first to emerge from Zurvan, and he filled his domain with life. Following on his heels, however, was Ahriman, the embodiment of evil. A twisted mirror of the benevolent Ahura Mazda, Ahriman set about destroying everything Mazda created. In a close battle, Mazda defeated Ahriman, banishing him to the Nether Realms.[1]

With the aid of the Earth-goddess Armaiti (actually an incarnation of the Elder God Gaea) Mazda created lesser Yazatas to keep watch over his dominion.[2]

Hyborian Age

Over 15,000 years ago, Ahura Mazda sent Mithra, god of light and justice, to serve as his representative on Earth (where he became known as Mitra, and became the subject of a monotheistic worship).[1] Circa 13,000 BC, Hura-Maztha was worshiped by the Hybori (at least by one of their shamans).[3]

Mithra was known as early as the Hyborian Age, well before the Yazatas acquired their renowned Persian following. In opposition to these Yazatas, Ahriman created the demonic Divs, and the two divine factions have been at war ever since.[2]

Powers and Abilities

Powers

True immortality, various supernatural abilities.[1]

Average Strength Level

An average god can lift approximately 25 tons; an average goddess, 20 tons.[1]

Miscellaneous

Representatives

Armaiti (Gaea), Ahura Mazda, Ahriman, Mithra, Atar, Asha, Kshathra Vairya, Haurvatat, Vohu Manah, Ameretat

See Also

Links and References

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