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Pashootanizadeh A. Analysis of the Symbols of the Two Great Zoroastrian Festivals (Mehregān and Nowruz) and their reincarnation in the Stories of Noah the Prophet (AS). Anthropol Stud. 2020; 3 (3) :294-305
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Assistant Professor, Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Tehran, Iran , pashootanizadeh@gmail.com
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Happiness has been the main reason for Iranian national celebrations. Celebrations that are associated with myths and cultural symbols. Mehregan and Nowruz are the two great Iranian festivals that have been held in Iran since ancient times in order to protect the good and useful blessings of AhuraMazda. Nowruz (March 20) is celebrated in conjunction with the spring equinox and Mehregan during the fall equinox (September 21), and perhaps these two can be considered as a celebration of planting and harvesting in the agricultural days of Iran. The survival of these two celebrations to this day is due to the similarity of its symbols and signs with the stories of the holy books. The story of the Flood of Noah (pbuh) is told in the Semitic religions such as Islam, Christianity and Judaism, but the Iranians and Zoroastrians were unfamiliar with this story. By combining symbols and finding common ground with the myths and mythical kings of Iran, Zoroastrians were able to give a national and religious aspect to the two main celebrations of Mehregan and Nowruz, and protect them from the danger of being forgotten and obsolete. The research method in this paper is descriptive-analytical and finally, by comparative analogy, an attempt has been made to find commonalities. The main question of this research was the reason why these festivals have survived to this day.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Intangible culture
Received: 2020/05/14 | Accepted: 2020/07/31 | Published: 2020/10/1

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