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The ‘just’ judge in Persian mythology. Along with Mithra and Sraosha, he judges the souls of men according to their deeds. ‘His spiritual scales favour no one; neither the good nor the bad, nor yet kings and princes. Not for a hair's breadth will he deviate, for he is no respecter of persons. He deals out impartial justice to the highest and the lowest.’ The soul was thought to sit beside the corpse for three days and nights, a period in which Rashnu arrived at a verdict and its fate was determined. Then, the saved would be assisted in crossing ‘the bridge of separation’ by a fair maiden personifying the soul's good deeds, and led safely to heaven where all was light and joy. But the damned, ‘the unjustified soul’, would find the bridge was as thin as the edge of a razor and topple downwards to hell, where a hideous woman personifying its misdeeds was waiting. To the demons she passed on the condemned soul, thereafter imprisoned in the place of torment, Druj, which had ‘jaws like the most frightful pit, descending into a very narrow and fearful place … so confined that existence there was unendurable’.

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