The Faravahar

Posted by Franz (Baden, Austria) on 22 May 2018 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

The faravahar is one of the best-known symbols of Iran. It symbolises Zoroastrianism, the main religion of pre-Islamic Persia, but also modern Iranian nationalism. The Faravahar is the most worn pendant among Iranians and has become a secular national symbol, rather than a religious one. It symbolises good thoughts (پندار نیک‬), good words (گفتار نیک‬) and good deeds (کردار نیک‬), which are the basic tenets and principles of Zoroastrianism.
The various parts of the faravahar have their own meaning and significance.
- the luminous aged face; "To progress in life, consult with sage, cognizant and wise people."
- the upward hand: "To progress in life, always pray to God and worship Him and be grateful to Hiim."
- the ring held in the left hand: "To progress in life, always keep your promises and covenants." (This is thought to be the origin of the wedding ring!)
- the two extended wings: Each wing has three parts which are symbols of good thoughts, words and deeds. "The stronger our wings of good thoughts, words and deeds, the higher we can soar in the rolling motion of the universe."
- the sepanta minoo (the spiral-like thing to the left of the feathery tail): "Pure and sacred thoughts should be placed in the front so that they accelerate progress."
- the lower sinker of the figure (the feathery tail): It consists of three parts that represent bad thoughts, bad words and bad deeds. "The heavier the sinker of our thoughts, words and deeds, the more impediments appear on the way of our progress in the rolling motion of the universe."
- the angareh minoo (the spiral-like thing to the right of the feahery tail): It represents devastating thoughts. "These thoughts should be left behind and paid no attention."
- the ring in the middle (the symbol of the rolling motion of the universe): "Any object moving on a circular path gets back to its initial position. If we do good, we are given good; if we do bad, we will see bad results."

Sorry for the lenghty explanation, but I find all this very interesting and enlightening ... and not Silly aT all!

This photo courtesy of GP.

Olympus E-M1 1/3200 second F/5.5 ISO 200 90 mm

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22 May 2018 5:13am

omid from mashhad, Iran

Amazing details!
Excellent description.

22 May 2018 9:05am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Nice detail photo.

22 May 2018 9:21am

Joyce from Montana, United States

Thank you for this great image and description. I just love the deep ancient and mystical spiritualism. Love the sculpture. I will research more.

22 May 2018 11:52am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A superb piece of historical art.

22 May 2018 1:36pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Incredible detail captured in this photograph!! Thank you for the extensive background information.

22 May 2018 2:57pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Great details...and thank you for the detailed explanation...

22 May 2018 4:09pm

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Un très beau détail

22 May 2018 5:15pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


22 May 2018 6:07pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous capture of this important symbol. Thanks for the explanation.

22 May 2018 9:19pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A gorgeous sculpture. Fabulous light and beautiful detail. Such interesting information.

22 May 2018 11:21pm

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

The information is fascinating indeed! So many aspects and elements of the symbol have meaning attached to them.

23 May 2018 2:55am