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This interpretation, put forward when the scholarly study of the Gāthās had just begun, flatly contradicts the burning conviction of the ‘absolute heterogeneity’ of good and evil which imbues them (Corbin 1951:163, cf. Lommel 1930:27–8. Bianchi 1958: ch. 5; further references apud Boyce 1975:194). This well-intentioned imposition of an alien theology on Zarathushtra still has, however, its Companion encyclopedia of asian philosophy 16 academic supporters (among them Gershevitch 1964:32–3; Gnoli 1980:213; Gnoli 1987:581), and has come to be widely accepted by his own reformist followers.
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Lommel 1926:31–2 apud Schlerath 1970) Such intuitions could have come to Zarathushtra the more readily because this manner of perceiving reality was not new for his people. For example, since proto-Indo-Iranian times both lesser Ahuras had themselves been associated with two of the creations, in which they also were believed to dwell at will—Mithra in fire, Varuna in water (hence his ancient epithet of Apąm Napāt, ‘Son of the Waters’). In their case these associations appear to have been perceived because of the use of fire and water in judicial ordeals, presided over by these divinities as guardians of asha (Meillet 1907:156–8, Lüders 1951:655–74).