Zoroastrianism

Irani Zoroastrians Different from Parsi Zoroastrians

January 9, 2006

Source: Persian Journal

http://www.iranian.ws/iran_news/publish/article_12134.shtml

On January 9, 2006 the Persian Journal reported, "'Irani Zoroastrians? Never knew they were a separate community?' said a colleague. He is not the only one. For, most people use the terms 'Parsi' and 'Zoroastrian' inter-changeably. The fact is that all Parsis are Zoroastrian, but not all Zorastrians are Parsis. Some of them are just Irani Zoroastrians, sometimes simply called...

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"Parzania" Film on Gujarat Riots Focuses on Connection Between Parsi Family and American Student

December 16, 2005

Source: Rediff

http://inhome.rediff.com/movies/2005/dec/16par.htm

On December 16, 2005 Rediff ran a review of a forthcoming film, "Parzania," on the 2002 Gujarat riots in India. The reviewer writes, "Based on a true story, Parzania revolves around a Parsi family in Ahmedabad... Allan Webbings (Corin Nemec) is a disillusioned American, comfortably late with his dissertation and not giving a damn about most things... Fascinated by an neighbour's Gandhian preachings (an old...

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Zoroastrian Wedding Marks Presence of Ancient Faith

November 29, 2005

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/kiss-seals-a-union-in-an-ancient-faith/2005/11/28/1133026404732.html

On November 29, 2005 The Sydney Morning Herald reported, "The bride wore a delicate sari made of white Indian silk, the groom the ceremonial dress of the dagli or overcoat, also in white. As per the rites of their ancient religion, one of Australia's smallest, a white sheet, a...

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Reorganized Kansas City Interfaith Group Draws Diverse Crowd

November 11, 2005

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/13137514.htm

On November 11, 2005 The Kansas City Star reported, "[Reverend Wallace Hartsfield], a longtime area Baptist minister, looked out from a podium Thursday at the more than 600 people who gathered for the [Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council's] inaugural luncheon at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Represented were American Indian spirituality, Bahai, Buddhism,...

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Representative of Nine Religions Attend Baha’i Peace Event in Dar Es Salaam

November 9, 2005

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=398

On November 9, 2005 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "Representatives of nine religious communities offered prayers on the International Day of Peace at a gathering organized by the Baha'i community of Tanzania. 'This is an historic day,' said keynote speaker, United Nations representative Eshila Maravanyika. Ms. Maravanyika expressed her delight at witnessing representatives of the various...

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New Gurdwara Inaugurated in Rockville

October 24, 2005

Source: SikhNet News

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/RecentNewsHTML/B60340F73C893B4D872570A600617B6F!OpenDocument

On October 24, 2005 SikhNet News reported, "[This past Sunday], Sikhs of the Washington area thronged the newly built gurdwara in the outskirts of nation’s capital in the city of Rockville, Maryland. [An audience of] 1000... Sikh men, women and children participated very proudly in the...

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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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