The Farohar or faravahar is both an emblem of the Zoroastrian religion and of Persian identity. Faravahar means “to choose.” The Faravahar is descended from the Egyptian winged disk, a symbol of divine kingship. It once represented the Assyrian sun god Shamash, and may have represented the corona of a solar eclipse.
In the modern Zoroastrian faith, it represents the human soul.
The faravahar has several parts, which are given particular meaning by modern Zoroastrians:
- A winged disk- the three layers of feathers represent the three pillars of the Zoroastrian faith: good words, good thoughts, good deeds. The ring represents eternity.
- Two streamers, representing the duality of good and evil- left and right, respectively.
- The head of a man, facing left-representing the prophet Zoroaster, and the choice to live a morally upright life.