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Zoroastrian priests have masked for millennia | Faith Matters

“Dad, everyone’s wearing a mask!” exclaimed the son of Adi Sidhwa, a Zoroastrian priest, about the COVID mask requirement. “Is it different than yours?”The boy wasn’t referring to his father’s COVID mask but the long, white, cloth one – padan --...
How to cover our heads as Zoroastrians

How to cover our heads as Zoroastrians

Some people have asked why we cover our heads as Zoroastrians. I was perturbed to hear a Parsi grandmother telling her grandkids that it was a symbolic act of submission and humility, thus...

2019 Muktad in Southern California

2019 Muktad in Southern California

Our dear friend Ervad Zarrir Bhandara has been the leading mobed in the Los Angeles area for nearly three decades. He writes in about the most recent Muktad prayers…My dear family and friends,I...

Ervad Zal Darius Mody Ordained as Navar

Ervad Zal Darius Mody Ordained as Navar

Ervad Zal Darius Mody was recently ordained as a Navar on December 20, 2018, Roj Khordad, Mah Amardad, in memory of his grand uncle Ervad Sorab Hormusji Mody.  Zal was taught his Navar prayers...

Manuscript: Ashem Vohu

Manuscript: Ashem Vohu

This manuscript comes not from India or Iran, the lands associated today with the Zoroastrian religion, but from Dunhuang in Central China, and is written in Sogdian, a medieval Iranian language. It...

Parsi priests take cue from Christian pastors

Parsi priests take cue from Christian pastors

The Zoroastrian initiative 'Jiyo Parsi' has taken a leaf out of Christianity's book with its new 'Jiyo Mobed' programme that aims to make priests into community facilitators by enhancing their...

Jiyo Mobed Workshop

Jiyo Mobed Workshop

Dear Friends, For many years we have been discussing the importance of giving respect to our Priests and enabling them to become Pastors to the Parsi community, as are the Catholic Priests as well...

Ghee Khichdi Ritual in Navsari: A News Report

Ghee Khichdi Ritual in Navsari: A News Report

Navsari often referred to as the "Dharam Ni Tekdi"  Parsis has many of the traditional customs and practices that have over time been forgotten in other cities and town. The Ghee Khichri ritual on...

A Nirangdin in Navsari at the Vadi Dar-E-Mehr

A Nirangdin in Navsari at the Vadi Dar-E-Mehr

A sacred nirangdin ceremony was held at the historic 874 years old Vadi Daremeher, Navsari on Roz Aspandarmad Mah Tir Yezdezerdi 1385 Friday midnight of 20th November 2015. The ceremony which lasted...

Laudato Si: Insight of Spenta Armaity

Laudato Si: Insight of Spenta Armaity

FEZANA recently put out a research paper titled “Laudato Si: Insight of Spenta Armaity”. The entire document can be accessed on FEZANA’s website. Below is a short primer. FEZANA informs The...

Making Muktad More Meaningful

Making Muktad More Meaningful

Muktad are the 10 days starting from Roj Ashtad of Mah Spendarmad and ending on Vahishtoisht Gatha, when, according to Zoroastrian tradition, all Fravashis and souls collectively descend every year...

Can Higher Salaries Save Parsi Priesthood?

Ardeshir Nariman, 15, is fast approaching graduation. Like many boys his age in Mumbai—educated and upwardly mobile, his curiosity heavily seasoned with ambition—he’ll continue to college to study...

Decoding Religion: Zoroastrianism

Ancient Persian faith perseveres today despite declining populations, limited presence on campus In an effort to further understand UTD’s diverse popluation, what follows is part one in a four-part...

Rethink Religion: A New Initiative

Rethink Religion is a new initiative set up by a group of Zarathushtis based in Princeton, New Jersey; USA. They are conducting an initial survey to find out how global youth view and practice their...

What is the Zarathushti Identity ?

The Parsi diaspora in North America has a long history and presence. The Zoroastrian Association of Greater New York [ ZAGNY ]has been one of the first Zarathushti community associations in North...