Welcome to "Shit I Just Learned", or SIJL for short. This is an official Oppositelock series boredom post I've just thought of to document shit about the car world that I've just learned. This week: The origin of the Mazda name.

As you all know some of you know none of you probably know, I am quite the Iranian individual. While we were all at my aunt's house one night, we were discussing some Iranian stuff, and Mazda got into the discussion. Someone says that the name "Mazda" sounds like the prophet "Ahuramazda" from a ancient religion predating Islam, Zoroastrianism.

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Ahuramazda means "intelligence" or "wisdom". While the religion plays no significant role in society today, Ahuramazda is still a big Iranian figure. In fact, I'm wearing an Ahuramazda necklace right now.

So, I take to the Mazda website to look up the name's history, and sure enough, it said the company was indeed named after Ahuramazda.

The Origin and Meaning of "Mazda" The company's name, "Mazda," derives from Ahura Mazda, a god of the earliest civilizations in western Asia. We have interpreted Ahura Mazda, the god of wisdom, intelligence and harmony, as a symbol of the origin of both Eastern and Western civilizations, and also as a symbol of automotive culture. It incorporates a desire to achieve world peace and the development of the automobile manufacturing industry. It also derives from the name of our founder, Jujiro Matsuda.

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So there we have it. I now feel culturally pressured to buy a Mazda. Thanks, Japan.

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Have a Mazda Millenia.