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Vata, a god of wind, is mentioned in Hindu (Vedic) and Persian (Iran) literature. The name appears in the Rg Veda as a deity of a violent personality. According to the Asvestan tradition the god of victory, Verethragna, appeared to Zarathustra in the guise of Vata. A.G.H.
Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 279