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see ParsisParsis
or Parsees
, religious community of India, practicing Zoroastrianism. The Parsis (numbering about 75,000) are concentrated in Maharashtra and Gujarat states, especially in Mumbai. Their ancestors migrated from Iran in the 8th cent. to avoid Muslim persecution.
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Parsee cuisine makes great use of fresh herbs and spices, particularly mint, coriander and cumin.
Some several months back I ran across a news story about changes affecting the Parsee culture in India.
For example, India's 76 000-strong Parsees community does not bury its dead; bodies are placed in `towers of silence', for the bones to be picked clean by vultures.
126) While the court ruled that Parsees cannot qualify as white people since they are too closely associated with the nonwhite Hindus, it still quoted passages from both Thind and Ozawa that dictated the use of assimilationist criteria in racial determination and the availability of performative outlets.
Highlights were a visit to Gandhi's house and to The Towers of Silence, situated in a built-up area of Bombay, where Parsees (a devout, religious people) leave their dead for the vultures, who pick them clean before the bones are collected.
Greil Marcus suggests in Mystery Train that "the only memory in American art that speaks with the same eerie resignation is that moment when Ahab goes over to the devil-worshipping Parsees he kept stowed away in the hold of the Pequod.
Salient examples of group differences in the same country include those among Chinese, Indians, and Malays in Malaysia; Chinese and others elsewhere in southeast Asia; Parsees, Jains, Marwaris, and others in India; Greeks and Turks in Cyprus; Asians and Africans in East and Central Africa; Ibo and others in Nigeria; and Chinese, Lebanese, and West Indians in the Caribbean.
From early in his life, he says, `I have had the dream of Hindus, Sikhs, Parsees, Christians and Muslims living in unity in the whole of India.
As Indians also, the Parsees were masters of the shipping business.
In the 19th century, as Indian capitalism grew, Mumbai philanthropists led charity -- mostly Parsees like the Tata and the Godrej families.
Another dated December 28, 1890, asks: "Would Glamorganshire like to play us at Bristol if the Parsees do not come.
Lenny's culpability works on an allegorical level--she is a representative of her class (the Parsees benefited from colonial rule as a group, as the novel itself makes clear) (6) as well as the general population--but it also signals Lenny's sense of her own individual agency as a perpetrator of division and violence.