Zoroastrianism

Endangered Vulture Population Leads to Debate Over Tradition Within Parsi Community

August 26, 2005

Source: Reuters

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/DEL267599.htm

On August 26, 2005 Reuters reported, "Hundreds of vultures once circled above a sacred area in one of India's poshest suburbs, waiting to feed on the remains of followers of an ancient religion that does not allow its dead to be buried or burned. Older members of the small-but-prominent Zoroastrian Parsi community of Mumbai say it usually took only half an hour for the vultures to finish their...

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Zoroastrian Fire Temple Opened to Non-Parsis for First Time, Upsetting Traditionalists

August 25, 2005

Source: The Indian Express

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=145630

On August 25, 2005 The Indian Express reported, "As far as birthday celebrations go, the event was pretty irreverent, but the timing couldn't be better. On Khordad Sal, Prophet Zarathustra’s birthday, a group of Parsis quietly inaugurated a new 'universal agiary' or Fire Temple in a Colaba apartment. It was for the first time in the community’s history a temple was...

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Parsis Celebrate New Year

August 20, 2005

Source: Asia News International

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1467507,00470002.htm

On August 20, 2005 Asia News International reported, "Parsis in Mumbai today celebrated their New Year (Navroz) on Saturday. Members of the small Parsi community flocked to their sacred Fire Temple to pay respects to their prophet Zarathushtra in the country's financial capital, where the community is mostly concentrated. The Parsi New Year's day, known as Navroz, is...

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Interfaith Dialogue Held in Delhi

August 15, 2005

Source: Hindu Press International / Cihan News Agency

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2005/8/16.shtml#3

On August 15, 2005 the Cihan News Agency reported, "A symposium titled, 'Peace, tolerance and harmony among world religions,' was held in New Delhi Sunday by the 'Inter Faith Harmony Platform,' which was established by Indian Muslims. Many representatives from different religions participated in the symposium that was held for the first time in India. Indian deputy...

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Faith Groups Oppose Compulsory ID Cards

August 7, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,2763,1544226,00.html

On August 7, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Mounting concerns over the government's plans to introduce compulsory ID cards were given fresh impetus yesterday after it emerged that Britain's major religions oppose the scheme. A previously unpublicised report, produced by the Faith Community Consultation (FCC) consortium, which comprises representatives from the country's...

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Mumbai Scholar Leads Trips for Zoroastrians to "Rediscover Their Roots"

July 19, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4675343.stm

On July 19, 2005 BBC News reported, "Khojeste Mistree of Mumbai (Bombay) is a known Zoroastrian scholar and historian. He is a self-proclaimed conservative member of India's tiny Zoroastrian Iranian or Parsi community, trying to uphold the rites and traditions of the pre-Islamic religion of Iran. A few years ago, he began taking young and old Parsis to Iran to rediscover their religious roots. He says: '...

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All-Faith Temple "Upholds the Spirit of Ayodhya"

July 10, 2005

Source: The Telegraph

On July 10, 2005 The Telegraph reported, "A kilometre away from the ravaged grounds where the Babri mosque once stood, curious visitors trooped into Satya Mandir. On Wednesday, a special prayer for peace was held in this all-faith temple, which was built after the mosque was brought down in 1992. As political shrapnel flies in the wake of the terror attack on the makeshift Ram temple, priests in this ancient town have taken it upon themselves to preserve social and communal harmony. Guchi, who has been living in...

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Zoroastrian Anthropology Museum Opens in Kerman

July 2, 2005

Source: MehrNews.com

http://www.mehrnews.ir/en/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=202205

On July 2, 2005 MehrNews.com reported, "The Zoroastrian Anthropology Museum was officially opened at the Kerman Fire Temple in the southeastern Iranian city during a ceremony held on June 22 to commemorate the anniversary of the demarcation of the border between Iran and Turan. It is the first museum of its kind in the country. The museum was established by the Kerman Zoroastrians Society...

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Zoroastrian Anthropology Museum Opens in Kerman

July 2, 2005

Source: MehrNews.com

http://www.mehrnews.ir/en/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=202205

On July 2, 2005 MehrNews.com reported, "The Zoroastrian Anthropology Museum was officially opened at the Kerman Fire Temple in the southeastern Iranian city during a ceremony held on June 22 to commemorate the anniversary of the demarcation of the border between Iran and Turan. It is the first museum of its kind in the country. The museum was established by the Kerman Zoroastrians Society...

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Zoroastrian Anthropology Museum Opens in Kerman

July 2, 2005

Source: MehrNews.com

http://www.mehrnews.ir/en/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=202205

On July 2, 2005 MehrNews.com reported, "The Zoroastrian Anthropology Museum was officially opened at the Kerman Fire Temple in the southeastern Iranian city during a ceremony held on June 22 to commemorate the anniversary of the demarcation of the border between Iran and Turan. It is the first museum of its kind in the country. The museum was established by the Kerman Zoroastrians Society...

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Zoroastrian Scholars’ Meeting in Pune Promotes a Conservative Path for Faith

May 31, 2005

Source: The Indian Express

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=131727

On May 31, 2005 The Indian Express reported, "Continue to keep fire temples off limits to non-Parsis. Keep converts out of the fold. Safeguard dakhmas (towers of silence) and religious institutions. Promote a Parsi way of life. Had it not been for the cheering of these vows by about 2,200 Parsis, the white-and-gold decor, the pearls, embroidered silk saris and traditional...

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Zoroastrians Free to Perform Rituals, Priest Says

April 1, 2005

Source: Payvand.com

http://www.payvand.com/news/05/apr/1002.html

On April 1, 2005 Payvand.com reported, "Iranian Zoroastrians perform their religious rituals in total freedom, respect and peace in light of the Islamic establishment of the country, said a senior Zoroastrian religious figure here on Thursday. Local Zoroastrian priest Goshtasb Balivani made the remarks in an address to a group of Zoroastrians at Hirom Baad rituals at Pir Herisht temple, 17 kilometers north of...

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Persian New Year Celebrations Veil Political Undercurrents

March 21, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,12858,1442187,00.html

On March 21, 2005 The Guardian reported, "At first the ear-splitting explosions, blazing bonfires and choking stench of teargas could have been mistaken for the prelude to a new Iranian revolution. In reality the occasion, Chahar Shanbeh Souri, was celebratory. Iranians young and old, male and female, were gathered in Mirdamad Street, in one of Tehran's most affluent...

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