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