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Aditi and the Adityas

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In Indian Vedic mythology, Aditi is “infinity,” the source of all forms of consciousness, even of the divine characteristics of the gods themselves. Aditi is also unity, whereas her sister...

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Agni

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The Vedic god of fire, the priest of the gods and the god of the priests.

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Ahura Mazda

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The creator god of Zoroastrianism, the force for good and the opponent of Ahriman; also called Ormazd. The name is Avestan, and means literally ‘wise deity’.

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Ahuras

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Ahura, meaning “lord,” is an ancient Iranian term that is equivalent to the Vedic term asura. The ahuras are three principal deities, Ahura Mazda, Mithra, and Apam Napat.

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ambrosia

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In Greek and Roman mythology, the food of the gods, associated with their immortality. The word comes (in the mid 16th century) via Latin from Greek, ‘elixir of life’, from ambrotos ‘immort...

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Ananta

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1  A name of the serpent Śeṣa. Following the pralaya, the dissolution of the universe, Viṣṇu is depicted sleeping on Śeṣa in the interval that comes between two world periods...

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Aphrodite

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In Greek mythology, the goddess of beauty, fertility, and sexual love. She is variously described as the daughter of Zeus and Dione, or as being born from the sea. Her cult was of Eastern...

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Āraṇyaka

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Each of a set of Hindu sacred treatises based on the Brahmanas, composed in Sanskrit c.700 bc. Intended only for initiates, the Aranyakas contain mystical and philosophical material and...

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Aryaman

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Aryaman is one of the Vedic Indian Adityas. He is associated with rulership.

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Aryan

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A group of Indo-European speaking people who spread through Iran and N. India in the early 2nd millenium bce. This is the so-called Aryan invasion.

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