Parsi | Culture | 06th July 2022 | Virtual Wire
The Persians once migrated to India after the Muslim invasion to avoid being persecuted for their religion by the Muslim majority following the Arab conquest.
An ancient empire that was once located in historical Southwest Asia was called Persia. Iran was now a well-known name for this. Persia is a region that is located in the southwest of Iran. Although Iran presently has a sizable Muslim population, around 650 BCE, Persians made up the majority and practised a different religion. The Zoroastrian religion was exclusive to the Persians and other inhabitants of Persia. This group has unique traditions, cultures, and customs. One of the earliest monotheistic religions, Zoroastrianism, also known as Mazdayasna, was thought to have influenced the development of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
People in Persia managed to flee from the religious persecutions between the years 633 and 650 AD when the Arab conquest began. Between the eighth and tenth centuries, the Persians fled to various locations around the globe, including India. The Parsi or Parsee are the names of the Persian Zoroastrians who live in India. The Parsi initially resided in Diu's Kthiwr district before moving to Gujarat. These days, Mumbai is where they are mostly found. There are also remnants of Parsi's presence in several areas of Bengaluru and Karachi. They established their own community in India, albeit being a small one.
With the growth of the city by the time the East India Company arrived in India, the industrial sector experienced a boost. The Parsi was given the chance to leave the ring as a result. The Parsi enjoyed great success in the heavy industries in the middle of the 19th century, especially in shipbuilding and railroads, in 1850. Children, according to Parsi, are unable to distinguish between right and wrong, hence they can no longer commit sins. When they reach adulthood, they will be responsible for their own actions, thoughts, and acts, and the fate of their souls on the Day of Judgment will be determined by these.
Before puberty, at the ages of seven and nine for both boys and girls, a person is initiated into the Parsi language. Since that time, they have worn the Sudrah or Kusti (religious armour) to the end of their lives. Since they are devoted to their Zoroastrianism, they rarely marry other outsiders. They don't have a particularly rigid culinary culture, but they cover their heads religiously and never smoke. The Divine Fire, which provides warmth, light, and life, is the object of their highest and purest form of worship. They also think that man should live a good and prosperous life while taking advantage of the abundance of the world's blessings. They oppose fasting, celibacy, monasticism, and the mortification of the body because they weaken a person's capacity for accomplishment. They encourage leading joyful and kind lives.
They practise several funeral rites. In general, the deceased would either be buried or burned, depending on the religion. However, because the Parsis adore the Light, they view the Dark as being wicked. They did not want to mingle the Dark components with light by burning the corpse since once a body is dead, it becomes Dark. Since Earth is a natural element, neither of them wants to be buried. As a result, they left the body in the Dakhma, also known as the Tower of Silence, where they fed vultures, kites, and other nocturnal birds of prey. This is regarded as their last charitable deed.