Gayomart, literally ‘dying life,’ in Persian mythology, is the primeval man, the creator of Ahura Mazda. Gayomart was a spirit form for 3000 years before taking the corporeal form of a handsome youth. After living thirty years he was poisoned by Ahriman at the instigation of Jeh, ‘the whore.’ It was from his seed that grew the plant-like the father and mother of humankind. Mashye and Mashyand, who forsook Ahura Mazda for Ahriman, were damned in hell until the last days. (see Gayomart, The myth of A.G.H.


Cotterell, Arthur, A Dictionary of World Mythology, New York, G. P. Putman’s Sons, 1980, p. 32