The Faravhar - image source

The Faravhar - image source



The "faravahar" is a winged disc with a man's upper body. It has been commonly used as a symbol of the Zoroastrian religion since the 19th Century. It is an ancient Middle Eastern symbol which may represent a guardian angel or the authority of a king. Modern Zoroastrianism sees in it a reminder of the soul’s goal in life: union with Ahura Mazda.


The Chaplaincy to the University of Glamorgan provides the following information from its own researchers. Each page has been checked by the chaplaincy advisor from the relevant faith group. Within every major religion, there are differences of opinion between leaders, and between leaders and followers. We only aim to provide an overview.