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Armati, Holy Devotion, embodying devotion that is good and just, is guardian of the earth, symbolizing the earth. Because of their great devotion for her she is usually invoked as Spenta Armati. Not only did she symbolize the earth, she was believed to be the mother of all things, and the natural protectress of women. According to the words of an ancient text: "This earth then we worship, her who bears us, together with women" (Y 38.1). Since she was guardian of the earth, she was also regarded patroness of herdsmen and farmers. Some authorities are fairly confident that the Greek goddess Demeter originated from or was greatly influenced by Armarti. A.G.H.


Boyce, Mary, Zoroastrians: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices, New York, Routledge, 2002, pp. 23, 24, 82
Grimal, Pierre, Larousse World Mythology, Secaucus, New Jersey, Chartwell Books, 1965, p. 190

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