The Image of the Zoroastrian God Srōsh

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In: Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia
Frantz Grenet Collège de France Paris France

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Michele Minardi Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology, Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics Moscow Russia

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This paper presents new and decisive evidence relative to the identification of one of the colossal depictions of deities discovered by the Karakalpak-Australian Expedition (KAE) at Akchakhan-kala with the Avestan yazata Sraosha. Besides the therianthropic Sraošāvarez, the explicit Zoroastrian symbol that decorates the tunic of this god, new iconographic details are seen. One is the sraošō.caranā, which is a whip, “the instrument of Srōsh”, held in the hands of one of these “bird-priests” instead of the customary barsom. The symbols are presented and discussed in their historical context.

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