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Acknowledgements A Note on Transcriptions Abbreviations Introduction Chapter One: Goddesses in the Ancient World Chapter Two: Indo-European Water Goddesses Chapter Three: Areduui Sura Anahita in the Avesta Chapter Four: Other Iranian Goddesses: Comparisons with Anahita Chapter Five: Anahita: A Composite Goddess Chapter Six: Anahita in the Historical Period Chapter Seven: Anahita in the Pahlavi Texts Chapter Eight: Traces of Anahita in Islamic Iran Conclusion Bibliography Index

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The first in-depth study of Anahita, the most important Iranian deity

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Manya Saadi-nejad is an affiliate Assistant Professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. A specialist in Iranian and Comparative Mythology, she has published in the journals Iranian Studies and the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture. She is also a practicing artist, trained in both classical Persian and contemporary styles, and her work has been exhibited internationally. She received her PhD in Iranian Studies from The Free University of Berlin, Germany.


Anahita stands as one of the most important and compelling deities of the ancient Iranian pantheon, yet her mythology, ritual worship, and legacy has been understudied, especially in English-language scholarship. Manya Saadi-nejad's study of the ancient water goddess draws together key texts and images to enlighten our understanding of a cosmically significant deity. -- Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, Cardiff University, UK

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