|“||The God of Infinite Time from Persian mythos. A powerful god who holds dominion over Eternity, Infinity, and Perpetuity, he is the holder of the Divine Sword of Salvation, which would be given and used by the King Who Manifests at the World's End.||„|
|— Ancient Persian Tomes.|
Zurvan is the god of time in Zoroastrianism and the father and mother of Ahura Mazda, the omnibenevolent god of creation, in contrast to Angra Mainyu, the omnimalevolent god of destruction. Zurvan represents the dualism between good and evil, creation and destruction, and is therefore personified as a hemaphrodite, male and female. He is also the primordial deity of neutrality, being on neither side in the eternal war between the struggle of good and evil.
Their equivalents in other pantheons are said to be Yahweh, Chronos, Shani, Geb among others. In Zurvanism, Zurvan was perceived as the god of infinite time and space and was aka ("one", "alone"). Zurvan was portrayed as a transcendental and neutral god, without passion, and one for whom there was no distinction between good or evil.
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The earliest mentions of Zurvān appear in tablets dated to about the 13th and 12th centuries BCE, found at the site of the ancient Mesopotamian city of Nuzi. Known also as the god of growth, maturity, and decay, Zurvān appeared under two aspects: Limitless Time and Time of Long Dominion. The latter emerges from Infinite Time, lasts for 12,000 years, and returns to it. Zurvān was originally associated with three other deities: Vayu (wind), Thvarshtar (space), and Ātar (fire). Zurvān was the chief Persian deity before the advent of Zoroastrianism and was associated with the axis mundi, or the centre of the world. The most common image of Zurvān depicts a winged, lion-headed deity encircled by a serpent, representing the motion of the Sun.
As a modified form of Zoroastrianism, Zurvanism reappeared in Persia during the Sāsānian period (3rd–7th century CE). Zurvanite theories equated the two Zoroastrian deities Ahura Mazdā (Avestan: “Wise Lord”) and Angra Mainyu, or Ahriman (“Evil Spirit”), a belief strongly disputed by orthodox Zoroastrians. Zurvanite thinking influenced Mithraism as well as Manichaeism and other schools of gnostic belief. Zurvanism died out a few hundred years after the advent of Islam in Iran in the 7th century.
|“||In the beginning, the great God Zurvan existed alone. Desiring offspring that would create "heaven and hell and everything in between", Zurvan sacrificed for a thousand years. Towards the end of this period, androgyne Zurvan began to doubt the efficacy of sacrifice and in the moment of this doubt Ohrmuzd and Ahriman were conceived: Ohrmuzd for the sacrifice and Ahriman for the doubt. Upon realizing that twins were to be born, Zurvan resolved to grant the first-born sovereignty over creation. Ohrmuzd perceived Zurvan's decision, which He then communicated to His brother. Ahriman then preempted Ohrmuzd by ripping open the womb to emerge first. Reminded of the resolution to grant Ahriman sovereignty, Zurvan conceded, but limited kingship to a period of 9,000 years, after which Ohrmuzd would rule for all eternity.||„|