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Zoroastrians on the Internet

Source: Star Tribune

On November 7, 1998, the Star Tribune published an
article on how Zoroastrians are using the Internet to help spread the
message of their religion. With approximately 140,000 worldwide
adherents, Zoroastrians are trying to create “virtual” communities in
order to preserve their faith. Joe Peterson, architect of one of the
largest Zoroastrian web sites –
www.avesta.org, lives in Kasson, MN and
works for IBM in Rochester, MN. He is one of 60 to 70 Zoroastrians
living in Minnesota.

Zoroastrians Request Heritage Site Status for Fire Temples

Source: Gulf News

http://www.gulf-news.com/Articles/World2.asp?ArticleID=124893

On June 28, 2004 Gulf News reported, “The Parsi Zoroastrian community in the city is fighting to protect nearly 50 fire temples from being taken over by developers, and wants the state government to declare them as heritage sites. ‘To begin with, we want the four Atash Behrams in the city (out of the eight major fire temples in the world) to be upgraded as Grade II heritage sites to make it difficult for developers to demolish the structures in the temple complex,’ Adi Doctor, Editor, Parsee Voice, told Gulf News. ‘We have already written a letter to the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee,’ he said. But he is worried that the builder lobby within this Committee will not let the extra floor space index (FSI) and transfer of development rights (TDR) allowed by the government to be wasted. Once these key fire temples are protected by law, the next step would be to ensure that all the other fire temples, too, are untouched by those wanting to develop it, as a Parsi priest puts it, ‘in the name of charity.'”

Zuma Inaugurated As South African President After Sanskrit Chants

Author: Fakir Hassen

Source: The Gaea News

http://blog.taragana.com/n/zuma-inaugurated-as-south-african-president-after-sanskrit-chants-57666/

A Hindu prayer started off the inauguration of South African President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings here Saturday.

As Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari joined heads of state of 28 other countries, South African Hindu Maha Sabha president Ashwin Trikamjee recited a few lines in Sanskrit before translating them into English and making a plea for divine guidance to assist Zuma in resolving a range of challenges facing the country under his leadership.

The Hindu prayer was followed by similar ones from representatives of the Muslim, Christian and African Traditional Religion (ATR) faiths before Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe bestowed the country’s greatest civil honours, the Order of Mapungubwe, on Zuma.