Zoroastrianism

A Small but Mighty Religion; What we Believe: Zoroastrianism

March 29, 2007

Author: RUTH MARVIN WEBSTER

Source: North County Times

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2007/03/30/faith/11_70_163_29_07.txt

Mehlli Bhagalia and his wife, Perin, tend a small flame in their home in Carlsbad. Bhagalia said the flame, safe in the fireplace, has been consecrated by the couple's prayers and is only extinguished when the couple go away. Just as the cross and the star of David are symbols of Christianity and Judaism, the...

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Recreating Persian Empire in Mumbai

February 15, 2007

Author: Vasundhara Sanger

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Recreating_Persian_empire/articleshow/1623862.cms

MUMBAI: As a prelude to eight-day Persian festival in Mumbai, the grandeur of the Persian empire is being re-awakened by the city architect Jimmy Mistry in the heart of the metropolis. It intends to reintroduce present generation Parsis and the general people to the rich cultural...

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Deepa Mehta's 'Water' Goes From Being Banned to Oscar Nomination

January 28, 2007

Author: Sandip Roy

Source: New American Media

http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=645ddebf5e4c7f6712f75261ca0766e8

Deepa Mehta’s film Water has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. It’s the third in a trilogy following Fire and Earth. It looks at a colony of widows set in a sacred city whose lives are upturned by a new widow, a child, in...

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500 Religious Leaders in the USA Support the People’s Mojahedin of Iran

November 22, 2006

Source: National Council of Resistance of Iran

http://www.ncr-iran.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2528&Itemid=70

During a meeting at the United States Congress, 500 Christian, Jewish and Zoroastrian religious leaders from 40 states announced their support for the right to political asylum in Iraq of the members of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran, the main opposition group to the Tehran regime. This meeting was part of a three-...

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From Iran to Karachi: Taking a Look at Parsi Migration

November 11, 2006

Source: Daily Times Monitor

http://www.topix.net/religion/zoroastrian

Before the creation of Pakistan, Karachi had the fourth largest Zoroastrian population in the subcontinent, writes John R. Hinnells in his book The Zoroastrian Diaspora: Religion and Migration. Daily Times has reproduced a review of this book that appeared in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

“The followers of the religious message of Zarathustra, the Zoroastrians...

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Parsis Split Over Disposal of Dead

October 30, 2006

Author: Monica Chadha

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6079870.stm

It is a matter of life and death for India's dwindling and tiny Zoroastrian Iranian or Parsi community in India's financial capital, Mumbai.

There are only 130,000 Parsis left around the world, of whom about 43,000 reside in Mumbai.

With deaths outweighing births, Parsis may be a dying community demographically but they are quite high on the...

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Iran's Last Zoroastrians Worried by Youth Exodus

October 4, 2006

Author: Hiedeh Farmani

Source: Middle East Times

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.metimes.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20061004-074915-3276r

Flicking through photographs of immigrant Zoroastrian friends in sunny California, 40-year-old Farzad Dehnavizadeh sighs and wishes that the young people of his faith stopped leaving Iran for the West.

His 40,000-strong Zoroastrian community has survived...

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Ancient Religions Clash in Modern Iran

October 4, 2006

Author: Robert Tait

Source: The Guardian

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/111052.html

The boisterous scenes of wine, unveiled women and song confounded the popular stereotype of religious worship in contemporary Iran. In an isolated and awe-inspiring mountain setting, followers of an ancient faith were communing with God in festive and time-honoured fashion.

But when the government VIPs arrived, normal order - as defined by the country's stringent...

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Interfaith Prayer Service Marks Opening of UN General Assembly

September 21, 2006

Source: Sikh Sanghat

On September 21, 2006 the Sikh Sanghat reported, "Religious leaders representing up to 30 faith traditions from all over the world attended an interfaith prayer service on Sept 12th to mark the opening of the 61st United Nations General Assembly. The introductions were led by Hiro Sakurai, Committee of Religious NGOs and Rev. William Tully, St. Bartholomew’s Church. This was followed by prayers from the Native American, Buddhist, Muslim, Baha'i, Shinto, Taoist, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, African Traditional Religions,...

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"In Gandhi's Footsteps": Conference on Non-Violence Precedes 9/11 Unity Walk

September 11, 2006

Source: Rediff

http://www.rediff.com/news/2006/sep/11aziz.htm

On September 11, 2006 Rediff reported, "A group of Gandhians will hold a rally at the Lincoln Memorial grounds in Washington, DC to commemorate two ideologically opposed events: the fifth anniversary of 9/11, and the 100th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's first-ever use of satyagraha. The Memphis, Tennessee-based MK Gandhi Institute, which is organising the rally, will also participate in an inter-faith...

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Individually, Zoroastrians Thrive; Collectively, Zoroastrians Struggle to Survive

September 6, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F40E16FB3D550C758CDDA00894DE404482

On September 6, 2006 The New York Times reported, "In his day job, Kersey H. Antia is a psychologist who specializes in panic disorders. In his private life, Mr. Antia dons a long white robe, slips a veil over his face and goes to work as a Zoroastrian priest, performing rituals passed down through a patrilineal chain of priests...

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Debate Continues over Zoroastrian Funerary Practices in Mumbai

September 2, 2006

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060902/wl_sthasia_afp/indiareligionenvironmentvultures_060902053913

On September 2, 2006 Agence France-Presse reported, "An Indian woman has ignited a furious row over the centuries-old tradition of using vultures to dispose of the dead by sending gruesome pictures of rotting corpses to hundreds of homes... The issue erupted...

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Op/ed: "From Many Faiths Grows Greater Understanding"

August 27, 2006

Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2006/08/27/editorial/special2.html

On August 27, 2006 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin published an opinion piece by Saleem Ahmed, a Muslim, and president of the All Believers Network, and by Joan Chatfield, a Christian, board chairwoman of the Network, "The continuing death and destruction in the Middle East reflect the limitless extent to which individuals and political entities will go to defend...

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