Early Iranians believed evil had to have a source outside of God,
which led to the concept of an entity as powerful and utterly evil
as God is potent and good. These two forces, good and evil, which
have always vied for superiority, needed helpers in this struggle.
According to the Zoroastrians, every entity had to take sides, from
the cosmic level to the microcosmic self. One of the results of
this battle was that certain humans were thought to side... more...