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Zoroastrian priests have masked for millennia | Faith Matters

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“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 — that Sidhwa, 46, from eastern Bergen County, wears when he presides at the […]

SP Group seeks shares in proposal to separate from Tata Sons

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EwlSP Group seeks pro-rata separation of assets and liabilities The Shapoorji Pallonji (SP) Group has formally sought to end its relationship with the Tata Sons and has submitted a plan for the same to the Supreme Court. “A selective reduction of capital by extinguishing shares of Tata Sons held by minority shareholders by swapping them […]

This Artwork Changed My Life: Pestonji Bomanji’s “Feeding the Parrot”

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Elephant and Artsy have come together to present This Artwork Changed My Life, a creative collaboration that shares the stories of life-changing encounters with art. A new piece will be published every two weeks on both Elephant and Artsy. Together, our publications want to celebrate the personal and transformative power of art. Out today on Elephant is Joanna Cresswell on Richard Billingham’s Ray’s a Laugh. […]

Zoroastrians: Iran’s forgotten minority

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The decline of this ancient community is a tragedy not just for Iran, but for human civilization writ large. It is disheartening, but the adherents of the world’s first monotheistic religion appear to have been consigned to oblivion in their ancestral homeland, and as their numbers shrink, it is not only a religion that is […]

Zoroastrians make a comeback in northern Iraq, but still face stigma

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DOHUK, Iraq (Reuters) – Carefully tucking his Farvahar pendant under his shirt, Aram Mehdi reminds himself of the core Zoroastrian principles it represents: good words, good thoughts and good deeds. Born and raised in a conservative Muslim family, the 31-year-old Iraqi Kurd from the city of Dohuk, in the north of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, […]