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published: 5/23/14

Zoroastrianism Symbols



Zoroastrianism symbols

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Name: The Faravahar

The Faravahar is one of the most common symbols in the Zoroastrian religion. Historically, the symbol first appears on royal inscriptions, circa 6th century B.C. The name of the symbol is written and pronounced in different ways, including farohar, frohar, frawahr, and fravahr. Other forms are also used as there is no census for rendering the Persian word.

The imagery of a disc with wings likely originated as a sun with wings. Later, a human torso was added to the symbol. The archer in a feathered robe represents Ashur, an Assyrian god. Over time the image became a symbol of the Zoroastrian religion. Presently, the symbol is often used to depict a guardian angel. The symbol may have been originally used to represent the spiritual guardians of the king.

While there are a number of interpretations of the symbol today, one common one is that the symbol is a reminder of a person’s purpose in life. It reminds adherents how to live in alignment with Ahura Mazda, Zoroastrianism’s chief god.

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Name: Fire

Symbolically, fire often depicts the place of worship for Zoroastrians called a "fire temple." Various religious rites in Zoroastrianism are associated with fire because it's an element that purifies. There are approximately 200 fire temples around the world, about 150 of which are in India.

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