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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Kinvad Bridge
Myths and Folk-Lore of the Aryan Peoples
 
From the ‘Zend-Avesta’

THEN the fiend named Vizareska carries off in bonds the souls of the wicked Daêva-worshipers who live in sin. The soul enters the way made by Time, and open both to the wicked and the righteous.  1
  At the head of the Kinvad Bridge, the holy bridge made by Mazda, they ask for their spirits and souls, the reward for the worldly goods which they gave away below.  2
  Then comes the well-shapen, strong, and tall maiden with the hounds at her sides;—she who can distinguish, who is graceful, who does what she desires, and is of high understanding.  3
  She makes the soul of the righteous go up above the heavenly hill; above the Kinvad Bridge she places it in the presence of the heavenly gods themselves.  4
 
  NOTE.—The Kinvad Bridge crosses over Hades to Paradise. For the souls of the good, it grows wider (nine javelins width); for the wicked it narrows to a thread, and they fall from it into the depths of Hades.  5
 
 
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