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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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Rusi Sorabji, now residing in California, United States, says: "A number of Parsis moved from Old Delhi to the grand and high pillared commercial complex, which had residential flats on the first floor and shops on the ground floor.
700++) comprises of a sweet and sour Brinjal pickle, Saria the Parsi papad, a classic Salad Shirazi that is every bit refreshing, Chutney eeda na pattice or egg pattice with a dab of everyone's favourite green chutney, Masala ni dal made the authentic Parsi way, feasty Mutton pulav, Kachumbar - your go-to everyday salad mix, Jardaloo chicken cooked with apricots, a recipe passed down with every generation of a Parsi household and Rotli or Roti made the Parsi way.
history of the Parsis and their arrival to India on the condition not to disturb the population equation.
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The Parsis are the descendants of the Zoroastrians of Iran who settled in India, by Parsi tradition, in the 8th century.
His journals are filled with accounts of his encounters with Parsis and the many inquirers he had among them, although he did not record any conversions.
Ademas el parsis tiene que llevar la vestidura tradicional de la religion.
The great majority of Western scholars of Zoroastrianism have concentrated on the ancient forms of the religion and when dealing with the Parsis and, more recently, Iranian Zoroastrians it is more with an eye to understanding archaic traditions than with following the evolution of a small but dynamic religion about to enter the twenty-first century.
I like to joke that Parsis are Nietzscheans because they follow the prophet Zoroaster.