Origin of yazata
- From the same root comes Avestan (yasna, “worship, sacrifice, prayer, veneration”). A yazata is accordingly "a being worthy of worship" or "a holy being." The word is etymologically related to Sanskrit यजति (yájati, “he worships, he sacrifices”), यजत (yajatá-, “worthy of worship, holy”), यजञ (yajñá, “sacrifice”), and is perhaps also related to Ancient Greek ἅγιος (hagios, “devoted to the gods, sacred, holy.”).
- Avestan (yazata) became (yazad) or (yazd) (pl. (yazdān)) in Middle Iranian languages, continuing in New Persian as ایزد (izad).