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DEVA (Sanskrit " heavenly ")

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Originally appearing in Volume V08, Page 120 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DEVA (Sanskrit " heavenly "), in Hindu and Buddhist mythology, spirits of the light and air, and minor deities generally beneficent. In Persian mythology, however, the word is used for evil spirits or demons. According to Zoroaster the devas were created by Ahriman.
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