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Jul 15

In the Dogg House

Snoop Dogg is the center of some surprising controversy and it has nothing to do with what he smokes.

Instead it has to do with his use of the faravahar symbol in the music video "King", a holy symbol of the Zoroastrian community in India.

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The symbol itself may have originally represented Ahurah Mazda, the creator god, although now it is more closely linked with the idea of the divine in man and god. Zoroastrianism, by the way, is probably the world's oldest monotheistic religion, predating both Judaism and even Anakenaten's attempt to reform Egyptian beliefs, and has been credited with influencing the development of all three of the world's major monotheistic faiths, particularly in the concepts of Satan and the end times.

Now to be fair to Snoop and his collaborator, Iranian-born pop singer Amitis Moghaddam, the symbol has been used by kings and emperors from Egypt to Persia for over 4000 years.

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The Assyrians associated the winged disk with the god Shamash, but they also had a version similar to the Faravahar, with a human figure within or emerging from the disk, which they associated with their patron god, Assur. It was from them that the Achaemenid Emperors (600 CE to 330 CE) took the image as a unifying symbol as they spread Zoroastrianism throughout their empire as the official religion. So, even as ancient as Zoroastrianism is the faravahar's use as their holy symbol is only about 2600 years old, having been used for centuries to represent divine kingship prior to its adoption.

Nevertheless, its use could certainly be considered disrespectful. Even if Snoop, who is a very smart man, did not know of its modern association you can be sure that Amitis did and the Zoroastrian community has a right to be upset about it.

However, as far as law suits go, they might want to consider paying off Mattel for the fetishized image of She-Ra that appears at about the 1:30 mark.

Amitis

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I can't be the only one who sees that.

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