Avestan: Vīuuaŋᵛhant

Artaxerxes I

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German, Persian

Vīuuaŋᵛhant is the name of the father of the mythical king-hero Yima who according to the Hom-Yasht was the first mortal to press the Haoma. He is etymologically and in terms of function and origin related to the vedic solar deity Vivasvant who is known as the father of Yama. The name Vīuuaŋᵛhant/Vivasvant is commonly translated as "the one who shines far and wide". But would it not make more sense to handle the first part Vīuuaŋ/Vivas as a noun rather than a verbal construction when -vant is a normal possession suffix?

Thanks in advance!
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