Zoroastrianism

Amidst Decreasing Vulture Population, Parsis Consider Using Solar Panels to Dispose of Bodies

June 22, 2006

Source: Canada Free Press

http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/india062206.htm

On June 22, 2006 the Canada Free Press reported, "The [Zoroastrian] religion believes in proximity with nature. This can also be seen in the practice with respect to death and burial. The Parsi’s leave dead bodies in an open place located at a certain height, where they can be disposed of by the natural scavenger bird, the vulture. The principle behind this practice is quick disposal of...

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Zoroastrian Woman Prepares Indian Cuisine for Whole Foods Stores

June 22, 2006

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/food/sfl-fdhartzjunejun22,0,6837983.column?coll=sfla-features-food

On June 22, 2006 South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported, "Grocery shopping can get pretty humdrum and meal planning a drag. So when I heard that Whole Foods Markets are putting some interesting ethnic items on their prepared foods menus, I wanted to meet Rashne Desai, the woman behind...

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Iran Home to Many Faiths, Despite Extremist Wishes

June 18, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/17/AR2006061700824.html?referrer=emailarticle

On June 18, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "The legend describes one cloud of dust chasing another across the epic desert landscape. Arab horsemen were gaining on the Iranian princess, it is said, when she reached the looming cliffs, slipped into a seam in the rock and...

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Parsi Fire Temple Area in Mumbai Targeted for Redevelopment

June 10, 2006

Source: Business Standard

http://www.business-standard.com/lifeleisure/storypage.php?leftnm=5&subLeft=2&chklogin=N&autono=94451&tab=r

On June 10, 2006 the Business Standard reported, "Open land in Mumbai's Parsi fire temples are the latest targets for re-development. How is the community reacting? It may be all quiet at Kappawalla Agiary, in Mumbai’s Tardeo, but all’s certainly not well. The Parsi...

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Iran Considers Religious Clothing Law

May 20, 2006

Source: cnews

Wire Service: AP

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Features/2006/05/20/1589977-ap.html

On May 20, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "A draft law being considered by Iran's parliament encourages the wearing of Islamic clothing to protect the country's Muslim identity, according to a copy of the bill obtained by The Associated Press on Saturday.

The 13-article bill, which received preliminary approval a week...

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Toronto to Flaunt Religious Diversity in World's Fair Bid

May 17, 2006

Source: The Catholic Register

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=19880

On May 17, 2006 The Catholic Register reported, "If Toronto lands the 2015 World's Fair it should grab the opportunity to put its impressive religious diversity on display, religious leaders and city officials have told The Catholic Register.

Toronto plans to make a bid to the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions June 30....

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University of Hawaii Holds Interfaith Forum on Religious Diversity and Scripture

May 13, 2006

Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2006/05/13/features/story01.html

On May 13, 2006 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported, "A panel representing five major religions will explore ways their teachings respond to current global issues and diversity in modern society at a symposium Wednesday. The 7 p.m. interfaith dialogue will be at the University of Hawaii Institute of Geophysics auditorium. It is free and open to the public, presented through the...

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Zoroastrian Fire Festival Passes Peacefully

March 15, 2006

Source: Aljazeera

Wire Service: Reuters

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/572FF6BA-BFDE-4B37-9943-96E06971A011.htm

On March 15, 2006 Reuters reported, "A pre-Islamic fire festival passed off relatively peaceful in Iran, void of the usual clashes between police and youthful revellers. In previous years, Iran's Islamic government has sought to stop youths lighting bonfires and fireworks for the ancient...

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Jainism Joins National Inter-Faith Organization

March 5, 2006

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1438478.cms

On March 5, 2006 The Times of India reported, "Jainism, an ancient faith with roots in India, has become the 10th religion to join Singapore's Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO), the group said. It has been a four-year process, during which the IRO checked to be sure that Jainism was not a sect or an offshoot of one. The city-state has about 1,000 followers of the faith. By...

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Religious Leaders from Asia and Australia Issue "Ten Commitments"

February 21, 2006

Source: UCA News

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=18787

On February 21, 2006 UCA News reported, "Religious representatives from Asia and Australia have committed to use the "peaceful" elements in religion to counter violence and terrorism. The 200 participants from 17 countries, who met Feb. 12-13 in Jakarta, also said at the end of their meeting that they are committed to uprooting 'all kinds of corruption by...

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Zoroastrians Hold Community Event On Site of Planned Temple

February 8, 2006

Source: The Mississauga News

http://www.mississauganews.com/mi/people/story/3308632p-3830855c.html

On February 8, 2006 The Mississauga News reported, "It's a housewarming, only without the house. Members of Mississauga's Zoroastrian community will gather Feb. 12 on a 10-acre parcel of land they have purchased as the future site of their church. A fun day of ice skating, treasure hunts and hot chocolate is planned as the newly-formed Ontario...

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Fertility Clinics and Internet Dating Attempt to Boost Zoroastrian Population

February 6, 2006

Source: Post Gazette/The Wall Street Journal

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06037/651082.stm

On February 6, 2006 The Wall Street Journal reported, "After trying for four years to have a baby, Khorshed Bulsara called on her fellow Zoroastrians for help. She tapped into a new fertility clinic whose mission is to save one of the world's oldest religions... There are fewer than 200,000 Zoroastrians in the world, experts say. Most are in India and Iran, the religion's birthplace...

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Government Hoping to Keep Parsi Students at Indian Universities with Quota System

January 17, 2006

Source: The Indian Express

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=165966

On January 17, 2006 The Indian Express reported, "Concerned over the number of Parsi students leaving the country to pursue higher studies abroad, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is trying to find ways to check the trend. Accordingly, it is thinking of allocating seats in colleges to members of the 69,000 strong close-knit Parsi community in the country. As per...

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