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Zarathustra (Zoroaster) – The Iranian Prophet Who Changed the World

Zarathustra or Zoroaster, as he’s called in Greek, is the ancient prophet of Zoroastrianism. A figure with an unimaginable and incalculable influence over ...

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Anahita – The Persian Goddess of Fertility and War

There aren’t many mythologies out there that denote the same deity as representing both fertility and war. That sounds very much like it being a deity of ...

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Ahura Mazda – Major Deity of Ancient Persia

The god of light and wisdom, Ahura Mazda is the principal deity of Zoroastrianism, the ancient Iranian religion which influenced the world before Greece ...

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Zoroastrianism – How This Ancient Iranian Religion Changed the West

We are often told that “The West is the product of Judeo-Christian values”. And while it’s true that these two out of the three Abrahamic religions have ...

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Persian Gods and Goddesses – A List

Ancient Persian religion (also called Iranian paganism) existed before Zoroastrianism became the main religion of the region. While there is very little ...

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What is Yalda Night?

Yalda Night, also called Shab-e Yalda, or by its original name - Shab-e Chelleh, is one of the oldest holidays in Iran and in the world as a whole. ...

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Persian Lion and Sun Symbol – History and Meaning

The lion and sun (Persian: شیر و خورشید) motif features a lion looking to its left, holding a sword in one paw with the rays of the sun shining behind it. ...

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Zoroastrian Symbols – Origins and Symbolic Meaning

Zoroastrianism is one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world and is often considered the world’s first monotheistic religion. As such, it holds a ...

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The Symbolic Meaning of the Paisley Pattern (Boteh Jegheh)

The Paisley pattern is one of the most popular and beautiful motifs, holding an important place in the symbolism of Zoroastrianism. While it might look just ...

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Faravahar – Origins and Symbolic Meaning

The Faravahar, also known as Farr-e Kiyani or Forouhar, is one of the best-known ancient symbols of Zoroastrianism. The symbol has existed since ancient ...

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