Category Archives: Uncategorized

Aži Dahák, the three headed snake man/monster

Aži Dahāk or the “snake man/monster,” is viewed as the greatest lieutenant of aæšma, the demon-God of “upside down order, vengeful anger, chaos, and wrath” in Zoroastrian mythology. Aæšma, in turn is the greatest lieutenant of añgrá, the anti-Godhood, “the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Late Bronze Age and the time of Zarathustra

The subject of Zarathustra’s time, the seer-prophet of ancient Indo-Iranians has been a very contentious issue in the field of ancient Iranian studies. Some western academics have literally called that “an embarrassment of long standing” to the field of Zoroastrian … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Welcoming the Blessed Spirits with Bonfires and the 10 days of Introspection and Reflection before Spring

The last ten days before Vernal Equinox/New Year are a time of reflection and introspection among Zoroastrians. Not only we thoroughly clean and beautify our homes, but must come clean mentally/spiritually, about our motives and actions before the new year/spring … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Ármaiti, Perfect Mediation, Firm Foundation,

The festival of the Auspicious Ármaiti falls on February 18th in the Zoroastrian sacred calendar. Per our age-old tradition, every year, we write verses from the Avesta (“sacred songs/poetry” of the Zoroastrians) on a piece of parchment paper and affix the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The Winter Festival of Sadæ and the Discovery of Fire

The Zoroastrians celebrate their major winter festival called sadæ on the fortieth day after the winter solstice. It is believed that fortieth (also known as “čellae” in Persian) is the most freezing night of winter. The festivities start on January 24th, culminate … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Solstice rites, lights and Lamps in the Zoroastrian customs and tradition

A characteristic aspect of Zoroastrianism is its veneration of light/fire. The elaborate cult of fire is one of the most distinctive and striking aspects of the Zoroastrian faith and goes back to the earliest periods of the ancient Indo-European spiritual … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

APÁM NAPÁTThe Grand Child/Descendant of the Waters

November 15 marks the last day of the month of waters in the Zoroastrian calendar. In ancient Zoroastrianism, a splendid god-force associated with waters known as ápam napát is honored during prayers at each sunset. Apám Napát refers to some … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Water as a symbol of memory, deepest wisdom/inspiration in Zoroastrianism

October 26th marks the festival of waters. The hymn or Yašt to waters is among the longest and most beautiful in the sacred Avestan literature. In Zoroastrian worship both fire and water play a crucial role. The month of waters “ábán” … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Evil as undead Monster and the Supreme Importance of SpaceTime in Zoroastrianism

October 12 marks the thanksgiving festival of ayáthrim when the cows/cattle decorated in flowers, are brought back home to their warm shelters. The ayáthrim is a festive time to lead cattle from their summer meadows back to their shelters and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Autumnal Equinox and the Zoroastrian Paitiš.hahiia and Mehregán festival

In the Zoroastrian religious calendar, the celebration of autumnal equinox is closely associated with Mehregán and the Old Avestan paitiš.hahaiia festival.  Mehregán is a celebration of Miθrá, the god-force of “reciprocity, friendship” who is embodied in the first appearance of light … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment