Literally, ‘dying life’. In Persian mythology he was the primeval man, the creation of Ahura Mazdah. For 3000 years Gayomart lived as a spirit before he assumed the corporeal form of a handsome youth. After a life lasting thirty years he was poisoned by Ahriman at the instigation of Jeh, ‘the whore’. From his seed grew plant-like the father and mother of the human race, Mashye and Mashyane, who foresook Ahura Mazdah for Ahriman, and were damned to punishment in hell until the last days.