The Faravahar, or Fravashi, was the symbol of the
holy light of Glory (khvarenah) surrounding ancient Persian
kings, heroes, and saints. It is found on ancient Persian monuments.
Some Zoroastrians also think it signifies the glorified human soul.
The faravahar is now used as the symbol of the Zoroastrian
faith. Click on the symbol to see an informative article about its
The ancient Iranian religion of fire, light, and Wisdom still lives
today. This is the first monotheistic religion, founded by the
Prophet Zarathushtra over 3000 years ago.
It has had a profound influence
on Judaism, Christianity, and Western culture.
Introduction to Zoroastrianism: Please read
this first. It has link-words to essays on various Zoroastrian topics.
THE ZOROASTRIAN WAY
Essays on Zoroastrian topics. All essays ©right; Hannah M.G. Shapero.
of the Seven Amesha Spentas. Paintings by Hannah M.G. Shapero.
Icon of Zarathustra, Founder of Zoroastrianism. Painting by Hannah
For more about Zoroastrianism, click one of the following:
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Vispi Bulsara's Zoroastrian Web Page. A very well-balanced
general view of Zoroastrian life as it is lived now. It has the
Zoroastrian calendar for the current year.
- The Avesta
Web Server maintained by Joseph Peterson. A treasure-trove of
information about Zoroastrianism including English translations of
all important scriptures.
- The Zarathushtrian Assembly
page maintained by the radical Zoroastrian reformer, Dr. Ali Jafarey.
He leads the independent Zarathushtrian Assembly.
- The Traditional Zoroastrian
Web Page. Rants from the Zoroastrian
far right. Every religion has its fundamentalists, even this one.
- Vohuman Web Site. Devoted to
Iranian and Zoroastrian culture.
- FEZANA. This is the site of FEZANA,
the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America.
- ZAMWI. This is the site of ZAMWI,
the Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Washington, Inc. I am an
associate (non-Zoroastrian) member.
- The Gathas,
the core text of the Zoroastrian faith in the original Avestan text, with
translation and commentary by the Iranian scholar Dr. Ali Jafarey.