The supreme deity, the embodiment of the principle of good, creator of the world, source of light, and guardian of mankind. He is the opponent of Ahriman
, the spirit of evil, both being sprung from Eternity, or, according to another version, Ahriman
being the offspring of a moment of doubt on the part of Ormazd
is attended by angels and archangels. He is represented as a bearded man inclosed in a winged circle, a conception probably derived from the Assyrian representations of Ashur
. [Webster 1913 Suppl.