Josh-D. S. Davis

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Mazda = Light Bulbs?
Josh 2004 Happy
When researching E27 light bulbs, I found out that "Mazda" is actually a trademark of General Electric. The Japanese company licensed the name for automotive products. GE kept the trademark registered from 1904 to 1990.

The name "Mazda" comes from "Ahura Mazda", an ancient, Iranian God who was adopted as the central figure in Zoroastrianism. Ahura Mazda is the uncreated God, wholly wise, benevolent and good, as well as the creator and upholder of Arta ("truth"). Ahura Mazda is the omniscient and omnipotent god, who created the universe.

The literal meaning of the word Ahura means light. "Ahura" was originally an adjective meaning ahuric. AHU means that being who is self-sustaining, that is unlike a mortal does not need any sustenance of say food or oxygen to continue existence. RAA means radiance.

"Mazda", or rather the Avestan stem-form Mazdā-, nominative Mazdå, reflects Proto-Iranian *Mazdāh (female). It is generally taken to be the proper name of the God, and like its Sanskrit cognate medhā, means "intelligence" or "wisdom".

Ahura Mazda first appeared in the Achaemenid period (c. 550 – 330 BCE) of the first Persian Empire under Darius I's Behistun Inscription. The name may be attested in the form Assara Mazaš on cuneiform tablets of Assyrian Assurbanipal (Asenappar in Ezra 4:10) (668 BC – c. 627 BC). This collection, known as the Library of Ashurbanipal, is now housed at the British Museum.

Ahura Mazda is the source of all goodness and is the only Ahura worthy of the highest worship. Ahura Mazda created spirits known as yazatas to aid him, who also merit devotion. All of the other "gods" are demons and deserve no worship. These demons were created by Angra Mainyu, the hostile and evil spirit. The existence of Angra Mainyu was the source of all sin and misery in the universe.

Ahura Mazda is Angra Mainyu's superior, not his equal. Angra Mainyu and his demons which attempt to afflict humans away from the path of righteousness (oasha) will eventually be destroyed.

Ahura Mazda is also known as Ohrmazd, Ahuramazda, Hourmazd, Hormazd, and Hurmuz. Ahura Mazda is also merged with various other deities in various other religions.


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