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Parsis

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Parsees

(both: pär`sēz, pärsēz`), religious community of India, practicing ZoroastrianismZoroastrianism
, religion founded by Zoroaster, but with many later accretions. Scriptures

Zoroastrianism's scriptures are the Avesta or the Zend Avesta [Pahlavi avesta=law, zend=commentary].
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. 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. They use the ancient Pahlavi scriptures and are faithful to much of the Zoroastrian dogma. The Parsis deny the frequent assertion that they worship fire; rather they reverence fire (along with other aspects of nature) as manifestations of the divinity of Ahura Mazdah. To avoid contaminating fire, earth, or water, the Parsis dispose of their dead by exposing the bodies in "towers of silence" (circular structures some 20 ft/6 m high surrounding a stone courtyard) where vultures devour them. The community is closely unified, and schools established by the wealthier members make the Parsis one of the best-educated groups of India. Their economic importance is far greater than their small numbers would indicate. The huge Tata industrial empire bears the name of one of India's most famous Parsi families.

Parsis

religious community of India; worship fire along with other aspects of nature. [Hindu. Rel.: NCE, 2075]
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Presently, Christians are allowed optional holidays on the eve of Good Friday, Easter and Christmas, Hindus are allowed on the eve of Basant Punchami, Shivaratri, Holi, Dulhandi, Janam Ashtami, Durga Puja, Dussehra, Birthday of Guru Valmik Sawami Ji and Diwali, Sikhs are allowed on the eve of Baisakhi and Guru Nananks Birthday, Buddhists are allowed on the eve of Buddha Purnima and Parsis are allowed on the eve of Nauroze and Birthday of Lord Zoroaster, he added.