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Ahura Mazda – Major Deity of Ancient Persia
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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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What Does the Simurgh Symbolize?
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The Simurgh is a prophetic, legendary bird in ancient Persian mythology that nests on the Tree of Knowledge. It’s known as the mysterious, gigantic healing ...

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Persian Symbols – History, Meaning and Importance
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Ancient Persian symbols are known to be both mystic and majestic, seen dominantly in ancient lithographic scriptures. These have carried their legacy into ...