Sign in or
Significance of the faravahar/farohar figure
therefore, indicates its connection to mankind.
2. There are two wings in two sides of the picture, which have three
main feathers. These main feathers indicate three symbols of good
reflection, good words, and good deed, which are at the same time the
motive of flight and advancement.
3. The lower part of the Faravahar consists of three parts,
representing bad reflection, bad words, and bad deed which causes
misery and misfortune for human beings.
4. There are two loops at the two sides of the Faravahar, which
represent Sepanta Minu, and Ankareh Minu. The former is directed
toward the face and the latter is located at the back. This also
indicates that we have to proceed toward the good and turn away from
5. There is a circle in the middle of the Faravahar's trunk. This
symbol indicates that our spirit is immortal, having neither a
beginning, nor an end.
6. One hand of the Faravahar, points upwards, showing that we have to
struggle to thrive.
7. The other hand holds a ring. Some interpreters consider that as the
ring of covenant, representing loyalty and faithfulness which is the
basis of Zarathustra's philosophy.
In zoroastrianism, the Faravahar or human spirit, embodies two
opposing indicators of good and bad. This will clearly show the
Zarathustra's philosophy that everybody should try to promote his/her
Sepanta Minu (positive force) and suppress his/her Ankareh Minu
(negative force). As a result of such a spiritual struggle toward
goodness and avoiding evil, everybody will be able to thrive in all
the walks of his/her life. Since, the ring of covenant which located
in the center of the Faravahar's trunk is the symbol of the
immortality of the spirit, it can be inferred that more human beings
try to promote their own Faravahar, more their spirit will be elevated
in the other world after they pass away. For that reason, ancient
Iranians would never mourn at the death of their beloved ones, because
they would believe that their spirit will be elevated to a higher
level in the other world. Naturally, when we believe that at the time
of death, the spirit of the dead bodies would be elevated to a higher
level, we have to joy at their departure to another world, rather than
being heartbroken, though their loss may be intolerable for us. In
this way, in zoroastrianism, on the basis of one's Faravahar,
everybody is responsible for his/her own deed.
For this reason, Cyrus the Great and most of the other Iranian ancient
kings, according to historical documents, not only never forced
anybody to be converted into zoroastrianism, they even respected the
belief system of others. In this regard, the Human right's Charter of
Cyrus the Great at the conquest of Babel reads:
'I ordered that no one is permitted to abuse anybody or to damage the
cities. I ordered that no house should be damaged and no one's
property should be violated and ransacked. I ordered that everybody
should keep to his/her belief system and be free to worship his/her
own God. I ordered that all the people should be free in their
thoughts, choosing the place of their residence and no one should
violate the rights of others.'
Information given by my close friend Mrs. Anahita Colabewala
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|Anonymous||TOTEM POLE CARVING IN CANADA - ANOTHER BRANCH OF ANCIENT ZOROASTRIANS?||0||Apr 1 2010, 9:57 PM EDT by Anonymous|
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Recently I received an email with photographs of the totem pole located at Byward Market, Ottawa, Canada. Close to the top of the pole is a symbol identical to the faravahar / farohar symbol. The pole, I understand, was hand carved by artists belonging to the indigenous First nations people of Canada as the natives are called. Each figure on a totem pole is supposed to represents a symbol which the Native people believe are very meaningful to their culture and traditions. Totem pole carvings have been handed down through generations to preserve the history and honours the First Nations people. If that be the case, is it not intriguing that an identical symbol exists in their culture? If so, how and why did they decide on it and what is its significance? I do hope some scholar spots this entry and decides to investigate. As a layman, I too am trying in my clumsy way to get to the bottom of it all. Maybe neither Columbus nor the Vikings discovered The Americas. Maybe we got there first!!
|Anonymous||Meaningful||0||Aug 2 2008, 1:24 PM EDT by Anonymous|
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We knew somethings of Ashofarovar but after this story we know the real and complete meaning. Thank you Nazneen. Add more of this kind of information. WIll keep checking your site frequently.
3 out of 3 found this valuable. Do you?
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