Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Farvardigan, The Ten Days of the Dead, ancient Persia

Festival of the Farohars (cf guardian angels and manes); a Zoroastrian festival.
An annual obligation feast of all souls (cf Halloween and All Souls Day, also known as Hamaspathmaedaya, or popularly Forodigan. Also known as Mukhtad to people of the Parsi community.

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted

The ancient Persians believed Farohars (Faravahars; Fravašis, pictured, the guardian angels for humans and also the spirits of dead) would come back for reunion. These spirits were entertained as honoured guests in their old homes, and were bidden a formal ritual farewell at the dawn of the New Year (celebrated by the Persians on the Spring Equinox) ...

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