Tishtriya: God of Summer Solstice in Persian Paganism

Tir or Tistrya is Persian God of Rain and Thunder. Tir is a ...

Happy Summer Solstice to all you dear friends. It’s surely a fiesta which we can find in many forms in many different cultures. I want to tell you a little about the Persians ceremony.

Tishtrya is the God of Summer Solstice of the Persian Paganism and also named Tir (in English: Arrow) that is the fifth month in the Persians calender and the first month of Summer. Tishtrya[pronunciation?] (Tištrya) or Roozahang is the Avestan language name of a Zoroastrian benevolent divinity associated with life-bringing rainfall and fertility. Tishtrya is Tir in Middle- and Modern Persian. As has been judged from the archaic context in which Tishtrya appears in the texts of the Avesta, the divinity/concept is almost certainly of Indo-Iranian origin. via; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tishtrya

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Statue of Tir on Mt. Nemrut, present day Turkey. http://WikiPagan

Tir was a messenger of Aramazd (or Ahuramazda) The good or bright side of the Persians Gods (Ahriman was the dark side.) He was a fortune-teller and a guide of the dead person’s soul. Another name for Tir was Grogh (meaning writer or scribe), though this might be a fusion of two originally distinct deities.

But the Persian celebration is actually is in 13th of the month Tir, (the first July) called Tirgan; the midsummer festival.

The first month of summer is called Tir in the Persian language which translates into English as an arrow. Choosing this name was not an accident. There are many customs associated with the month of Tir, which itself is associated with the legend of the arrow.

آرش کمانگیر (With images) | Persian warrior, Persian culture ...
آرش کمانگیر Arash Kamangir; Persian Warrior http://Pinterest

Tirgan, the summer solstice celebrates the life of Arash Kamangir. Arash is an ancient Persian name which means bright and shining in English, and Kamangir in the Persian language means one who gets the arch. Arash was the Persian national hero who sacrificed his life to preserve the territorial integrity of Iran. (Look into; http://www.payvand.com/news/06/jul/1038.html The Legend of Tir and the First Month of Summer in Persia, by Soudabeh Sadigh.)

Anahita; the Goddess of Water; Anahita is the ancient Persian goddess of fertility, water, health and healing, and wisdom. Owing to her association with life-giving properties, she also came to be connected with ancient Persian warfare as soldiers would pray to her for their survival before the battle.

Anahita/ɑːnəˈhiːtə/ is the Old Persian form of the name of an Iranian goddess and appears in complete and earlier form as Aredvi Sura Anahita (Arədvī Sūrā Anāhitā), the Avestan name of an Indo-Iranian cosmological figure venerated as the divinity of “the Waters” (Aban) and hence associated with fertility, healing and wisdom.There is also a temple named Anahita in Iran. Aredvi Sura Anahita is Ardwisur Anahid or Nahid in Middle and Modern Persian, and Anahit in Armenian.[1] An iconic shrine cult of Aredvi Sura Anahita was – together with other shrine cults – “introduced apparently in the 4th century BCE and lasted until it was suppressed in the wake of an iconoclastic movement under the Sassanids.”[2] via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anahita

On my search in the net, I came across an interesting Dame (a Jungian analyst) who connects this with the archetype in woman, by the goddess Anahita.

Faranak Mirjalili http://faranak mirjalili

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She is a Jungian Analyst who works with people (Anima, Feminine) more info; https://www.faranakmirjalili.net/about And here is her tell about the Persians Summer Solstice, the Goddess Anahita and her interpretations of her dreams.

Tishtriya: God of Summer Solstice in Persian Paganism


‘Reverence be to the Star, Tishtriya, radiant and glorious
whom the cattle and the beasts of burden and men eagerly remember
when they happen to be deceived in their yearnings.

Tishtriya travels to the holy sea
– Vouru-kaŝa to soak the vapours for the rain clouds in the guise of a horse –
magnificent, with yellow ears and golden decorative harness.’

– Tishtrya: Tir Yasht 8.5 in the sacred book of Zoroastrian religion

Tishtriya: God of Summer Solstice in Persian Paganism — Faranak ...
I find the symbol of a white horse is a wonderful idea, don’t you think so? http://Faranak Mirjalili
About Faranak Mirjalili — Faranak Mirjalili
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Please click here to read the whole article. Have a great weekend. ❤ ❤ https://www.faranakmirjalili.net/articles/2018/6/22/tishtrya-god-of-summer-solstice-in-persian-paganism

7 thoughts on “Tishtriya: God of Summer Solstice in Persian Paganism

  1. It was wonderful to read of your Persian myths regarding the Summer Solstice and to be introduced to the ancient Persian God and Goddess, Tishtriya and Anahita. Fantastic images! Okay, I’ll click over to Faranak’s website to read more. Summer Solstice Blessings my dear friend, love Deborah.

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