Definition: Faravahar
A winged sun disk with a male figure in the center, primarily symbolizing Zoroastrianism and its god, Ahura Mazda.

The faravahar is an ancient Persian symbol thought to represent the god Ahura Mazda. It is now used as a symbol of Zoroastrianism, Persia, and Iran. The faravahar first appears in the early part of the Achaemenid Empire and Darius I the Great (r. 522-486 BCE) included it in his Behistun Inscription and at Persepolis and Susa. The role of the faravahar symbol in early Zoroastrianism is unclear; in general the faith opposed visual representations of the divine and fire temples were unadorned.


  1. “The Battle Between Good and Evil [Zoroastrianism].” The Religions Book (DK),pp. 62-65. "The symbol of Zoroastrianism, the Faravahar, is thought to depict a fravashi, or guardian angel. These protect the souls of individuals as they struggle against evil."

Further Reading

  • Joshua J. Mark. “Faravahar.” Ancient History Encyclopedia. 12 February 2020.

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Title Faravahar
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