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Also spelled: Sarosh; Srosh; Sorush


1st millennium BCE bronze pin from Loristan, Iran.

In Zoroastrianism, a deity of the yazata order being the messenger of Ahura Mazda and embodiment of the divine word.
Sraosha was a popular and important spirit. Sraosha's presence is required for all religious rituals. Sraosha is repeatedly mentioned in the Zoroastrian liturgy. In early texts, Sraosha was the divine instrument in transferring true religion to human beings. He is also identified with good deeds, and fights Druj, "The Lie", which is the principal epithet of Ahriman.
His name means in Avestan "obedience" or "observance". It is questionable if he was one of the Amesha Spentas, or simply associated with them.
Sraosha represented the omnipresent hearing of Ahura Mazda, and has protective capacities. He descends three times every night to fight the demons that harass human beings.
He is presented as a young man residing in a house with 1000 pillars.
Sraosha is centrla in all aspects of afterlife, individual and universal. Together with Mithra and Rashnu, he is one of the three guardians of the Chinvat bridge, that which all souls have to pass as a judgment between Paradise and Hell. Sraosha is the one leading the soul across the bridge. Upon the end of time, at the Last Judgment, it will be Sraosha that executes the final destruction of evil.

By Tore Kjeilen