In ZOROASTRIANISM, and Persian lore, the arch-DEMON of evil hunger. Taru is usually paired with another archdemon, ZARIKA (evil thirst). Zarika makes poison, which Taru administers to plants and animals. Taru opposes the good amesha spenta Hurdat. He is especially pleased when a person walks around wearing only one boot, considered a sin in this culture.

Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology. . 2009.

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