1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Deva (spirits)

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7925531911 Encyclopædia Britannica, Volume 8 — Deva (spirits)

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.