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Rashnu


In Zoroastrianism, a deity of the yazata order representing justice and acting together with Mithra, the god of truth and their agent, Sraosha.
His name is the Avestan word for "justice", and he appears to have been the god of oaths and ordeals administered during trials.
In a later text, he is presented as the assistant of one of the Amesha Spentas, Ameretat, which is quite inferior to his older rank.
In search of the origin of the name, relations to Ahura Mazda has been proposed, as well as to Mithra.
Together with Mithra and Sraosha, he is one of the three three guardians of the Chinvat bridge, that which all souls have to pass as a judgment between Paradise and Hell.
The 18th day of the month is named after Rashnu.




By Tore Kjeilen