Ethnic Euromazdaism

Ethnic Euromazdaism (or Heathen European Mazdaism) is an experimental polytheistic religion. We are founded from the Persian Mazdaic tradition but are less influenced by the dualistic philosophy of Zoroaster than are Christian Mazdeans. We don't worship one single all-encompassing God, but pay attention to a whole host of beings that can affect our lives in a more or less good way. We see Euromazdaism as the Western answer to Hinduism and a modern pan-European successor to the pagan religions of the pre-Christian past.

Ethnos means 'people' and Ethnic Euromazdeans strive to create communities of people who are living together in harmony and prosperity.

Ethnic Euromazdeans focus on religious practice with a variety of rituals that help us develop a good relationship to the world. Hence orthodoxy of belief is considered less important than practical observance.

Ethnic Euromazdeans give pride of place to a pantheon of gods we call the Asa Yazata - or spirit-beings worthy of worship. Yazads are beings with a personality that can also be seen in human beings. Hence we can picture the yazads in human form. Mithras is the leader of the yazads and has the job of co-ordinating the activity of the others to produce an overall good result.

Euromazdaism is still an incipient religion and unfortunately there are no established rituals that people can easily take up. Instead those interested are suggested to develop their relationship with the twelve yazads and to gain inspiration from other traditions - especially the Zoroastrians but also the European polytheistic traditions many of which have been revived in recent times.

Updated June 4022 ME/2022 CE

The Chalipa

The Chalipa is a symbol used by Ethnic Euromazdeans. The symbol is made up of an equilateral cross potent with free-floating solid circles in the diagonal positions and all enclosed by a circle. Chalipa means 'cross' in Persian and refers particularly to the sun cross at the centre of the symbol as well as the whole symbol.

The cross stands for the Sun, or more precisely the power that rightly directs the movement of the Sun. It stands for Aramazda and Mithra, and is called the "chariot of Mithra".

The four circles stand for four planets. Sometimes these are named as Mercury, Mars, Venus and Saturn and are associated with 4 elements: Earth (Saturn), Air (Mercury), Fire (Mars) and Water (Venus). It could be said that Venus stands for Love and emotions of attraction and care, Mars for Anger and Hate and disturbance among people, Saturn for the more earthy, practical activities of men, and Mercury for the more intellectual and spiritual.

The outside circle has two possible meaning. It can be seen as the boundary of the Cosmos which encloses the Sun and Planets, but also as the the outline of the Sun itself as the universal energy source. These meanings work together in fact because a world only comes into being where there is a source of energy to drive activity - otherwise there is just Void.

To recap then the outer circle represent the limits of the world within which there is a field of energy. The planets stand for different ways that energy can be used - whether for good or bad or something in between. The sun cross represents the right-guiding power that influences the movement of the planets and directs the overall flow of sun-energy towards the Good.

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