Angra Mainyu (also known as Aŋra Mainiiu), also called by his Middle Persian name "Ahriman", is the powerful god of evil and destruction and darkness in Zoroastrianism and is comparable to The Devil in some Judao-Christian religions, however, unlike most portrayals of Satan, Angra Mainyu is seen as a deity rather than a demon (though the two can overlap). Like Satan who is the enemy of God, Angra Mainyu is the adversary of his twin brother Ahura Mazda, the Zoroastrian god of light and truth. Angra Mainyu is seen as a chaos god as well as a destroyer deity - although he is also seen as "evil", he is not recognized as a god of evil, though he does come close. His name means "destructive spirit" or "frightful spirit".


In the beginning of time, when Ahura Mazda created all the good things in the universe, Angra Mainyu, out of jealous spite, sent demons to spoil all of creation. Ahura Mazda welcomed his brother benevolently and with words of peace, but Angra Mainyu spurned him, and so Ahura Mazda casted the evil destroyer back into the darkness from whence he came. Then Ahura Mazda said, "Neither our thoughts, teachings, plans, beliefs, words, nor souls agree.".

After Gayomart, the first human was created, Angra Mainyu, banished to the outer darkness by prayer, attacked creation and spoiled the paradise with starvation, famine, lust, disease, sickness, suffering, and death, defiled everything he touched with rejoice. He then shouts in victory, "I have fouled the world with filth and darkness, and made it my stronghold. I have dried up the earth, so that the plants and animals will die, and poisoned Gayomart, so he will die.".

This infuriated Ahura Mazda, who imprisoned his brother in the Absolute Darkness, from which he could not escape to continue his spoil upon the world. But the unholy god did not concede and lured the first human couple, Mashya and Mashyana, into evil. This forced Ahura Mazda into making them mortal. Like the Devil corrupting people into sin, Angra Mainyu seduces people into wickedness.

Angra Mainyu rules over the Daeva, which are similar to demons in other religions. He has numerous assistants who help him fulfill his role as Evil Spirit. The main ones are Akoman (Evil Mind), Indra Vayu (Death), Saurva (Disease), Aeshma (Violence and Fury), Az (Lust, Greed, and Jealousy), Mithandruj (Dishonesty and Lies), and Taurvi and Zairicha, also known as Tauru and Zairi (Fever and Thirst).

During Frashokereti, the Iranian end of the world, Ahura Mazda will bring prepare to destroy Angra Mainyu. But after the humans are no longer enticed by sin and self-indulgence, Angra Mainyu will be pursued by Az, Ahriman's female counterpart. He will beg to Ahura Mazda for mercy. Ahura Mazda cast the wicked god from creation through the abyss from where he first came from, never to be seen again.




Folklore, religions, and myths
Abaddon | Abyzou | Aka Manto | Akkorokamui | Angra Mainyu | Ares | Asmodeus | Asuras | The Antichrist | Atlas | Baal | Bandits (The Good Samaritan) | Baphomet | Baron Samedi (folklore) | Basilisk (folklore) | The Beast | Behemoth | Belphegor | Bigfoot | Black Monk of Pontefract | Black Rock Witch | Blair Witch | Bloody Mary | Bloody Mary (Halloween Horror Nights) | Cain | Cockatrice | Crom Cruach (mythology) | Cthulhu | Damballa | Delilah (theology) | Demiurge | Demons | The Devil | Devil Monkeys | Dog-headed Men | Dybbuk | Eight Feet Tall | El Charro Negro (folklore) | El Silbon | Enma Daio | Eredin | Fallen Angels | Fairies (folklore) | Fouke Monster | Ghost Trains | Ghosts (folklore) | Giants of Voronezh | Goliath | Green Witch | Gremlins (folklore) | Grim Reaper | Groundhogs | Hades | Haman the Agagite | The Headless Horseman | Herod Antipas | King Herod | Herodias | Horsemen of the Apocalypse | Iblis | J'ba Fofi | Jezebel | Judas Iscariot | Kali | Kali Kelpie of Loch Ness | Keyser Söze | King Ahab | King Arthur | Kroni | Kronos | Kuchisake-onna | La Cegua | La Sayona | La Viuda | Legion | Leviathan | Lilith | Loki | Lucius Tiberius | Mackenzie Poltergeist | Madman Marz | Malefactors | Mahishasura | Malsumis | Mammon | Mara | Mares | Mark Slender | Meg of Meldon | Mephistopheles | Michigan Dogman | Moloch | Momo | Morgan le Fay | Nure-Onna | The Pharisees | Poltergeists (folklore) | Rock Demons | Samael | Satan | Saul | Sawney Bean | Set | Silas Scratch | Six Demons | Tailypo | Termagant | Titans | Unholy Trinity | Victor Crowley | The Watchers | Water Horses | Whore of Babylon | Wolves | Xolotl | Zozo

Urban Legends (Common)
Amanda the Doll | Amusement Park Snake | Bunnyman | Bye Bye Man | Candyman | Charlie | China Doll | Clown Doll | Cropsy | Crying Boy | Demonic Aliens | Hairy-Armed Woman | Hook Killer | John & Susan Buckley | Joliet the Haunted and Cursed Doll | Licking Maniac | Mad Gasser of Mattoon | Melon Heads | Men In Black (conspiracy theory) | Murderer (Smith Sisters Murdered Anonymously) | Mystery Killer | Nain Rouge | Nameless Thing of Berkeley Square | Old Man Try-By-Night | Peeping Tom | Rain Man | Robert the Doll | Paimon | Patasola | Sister Mary Chopper | Skinned Tom | Teke Teke | The Killer In the Backseat | The Man Upstairs

Urban Legends (Cryptids)
Beast of Gévaudan | Black Eyed Children | Black Stick Men | Cherufe | Chupacabra | Demonic Aliens | Devil Monkeys | Dog-headed Men | Fairies (folklore) | Fallen Angels | Fear Liath | Flatwoods Monster | Ghosts (folklore) | Goatman | Greys | Jersey Devil | Kelpie of Loch Ness | Kongamato | Kraken | Loch Ness Monster | Malawi Terror Beast | Mamlambo | Manananggal | Maricoxi | Mngwa | Momonjii | Mothman | Nobusuma | Pope Lick Monster | Popobawa | Pukwudgies | Reptoids | Roc | Ropen | Salawa | Sea-Serpents | Shadow People | Slide-Rock Bolter | Spring Heeled Jack | Tanuki | Thunderbird | Two-Toed Tom | Water Horses | Yamachichi | Yeti (cryptozoology) | Yowie

Internet and Creepypasta
BEN | Blind Maiden | Carmen Winstead | Eyeless Jack | Ghost (Pokémon Creepy Black) | HABIT | Herobrine | Jeff the Killer | Laughing Jack | Luigi.EXE | Mr. Bear | Sally Williams | Slender Man | Smile Dog | Smith Sisters | Sonic.EXE | Suicide Mouse | Suicide Squidward | Tails Doll | Talking Angela (Legend) | The Collective (TribeTwelve) | The Devil (Misfortune.GB) | The Expressionless | The Girl in the Photograph | The Man in the Fields | The Muddy Hand | The Piche | The Rake (Slenderverse) | The Seeker (Hide and Seek) | The Skin Taker | The Woman to Eat the Children | Zalgo | Zalgo (Slenderverse) | Ticci-Toby

SCP Foundation
Bobble the Clown | Church of the Broken God | SCP-049 | SCP-058 | SCP-087-1 | SCP-096 | SCP-1048 | SCP-1048 Duplicates | SCP-173 | SCP-2999 | SCP-372 | SCP-457 | SCP-513-1 | SCP-966 | SCP-973-2 | SCP Foundation