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The name is not on the old Persian inscriptions. In the Avesta is called the twin brother of Ahura Mazda, and Spenta Mainyu opposite. is like Satan, considered as the destroyer, the source of all evil in the world and, like Ahura Mazda, existed from creation. Ahriman chose evil consciously, created disease to hasten death. It is considered the biggest evil was corrupt the pure fire was created by Ahura Mazda, which gave added color and smoke, giving it its characteristic pollutant. On the Day of Judgment will be destroyed by Spenta Mainyu and disappear from the world forever.

One can see an analogy with Christian beliefs through the concept of Satan, but not the same as Angra Mainyu is not a being or an entity, Angra Mainyu refers to poor human mentality, misinterpreted as the main agent of evil, Angra Mainyu however not equivalent to Judeo-Christian Satan, differing from this in that, if there is a permanent Zoroastrianism battle between two principles (good and bad), the people of Israel, and later in Christianity, there is a single principle, the creator of everything, including Satan, who rejects this principle good use of their freedom with which it was created. Therefore, in the Judeo-Christian tradition, the reality is positive. But for Zoroastrianism, by balancing opposites is Angra Mainyu against Spenta Mainyu, Zarathustra distinguished the two poles of a particular dynamic: the creation and destruction, referred to as an all in Ahura Mazda.

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