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Common Heritage of Iranian Zoroastrians and the Parsis
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Dr. Farzaneh Goshtasb   
۰۶ دي ۱۳۹۲
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The movement, to India, and seeking settlements in that land of Iranian Zoroastrians dates back to the Sassanian era or even earlier. But the major exodus of Iranian Zoroastrians to India began in the eighth century.
The goal of this migration, which continued for centuries afterwards, was to preserve their ancestral religion of Zoroastrianism. The first group of Iranian Zoroastrians who migrated to India after Islam, followed by a long journey, settled in one of the cities of Gujarat and named that city ‘Sanjan' in commemoration of their native land. Sanjan had been the name of a village in Khorasan and thus, a reminiscence of their ancestral home. Likewise, they named their first fire temple ‘Iran Shah' in memory of Iran. Zoroastrians living in India could overcome difficulties with their emphasis on wisdom, diligence, honesty and other good traits which were heritage of the Mazdayasni Religion, and established a new reputable community known as the ‘Parsi Zoroastrian Community'.

Thereafter, the community of Parsis in India became a base for the Zoroastrians in Iran whose tough and difficult life had just begun. Within  different historical periods, especially during the Mongolian invasion of Iran, the Safavid era or during the reign of Qajar dynasty, when the pressure was intense on the life of Iranian Zoroastrians, a large number of Iranian Zoroastrians migrated to India. There, their Parsi compatriots helped them to find sanctuary and job. On their side, the Zoroastrians of Iran endeavored to uphold the basics of the Iranian Religion and culture with great dedication and against personal sacrifices, thereby being considered as Spiritual Supports of the Parsi Zoroastrians.

What has kept the Parsi and Iranian Zoroastrians together, for such a long period of time, has been the concept of safeguarding and maintaining the Mazdayasni Religion. The potency of this concept has been so great that these two separate bodies have never fell apart, in essence, and have stayed together, forever, due to their strong bonds of ‘Hamazoori' [Unity], and like limbs of a single body protected the Mazdayasni religion and its sublime thoughts. At present, the noble and precious Mazdayasni Beliefs are alive but its preservation, under the present circumstances, requires strong and sustained efforts. The efforts that become fruitful under the light of ‘Hamazoori'. Iranian and Parsi Zoroastrians have developed in two different cultural contexts, at times having very different appearances. They have distinct languages, dressing codes, cultural and religious customs, which differentiate the two communities at first glance, yet, there is only one path to Hamazoori and Unity, which is to fade the differences under the light of the common dedications to the Religion of Mazdayasnu Zarathushtrish, and always to remember that the original efforts which led to the Hamazoori between the Parsis and the Iranians for more than a millennium is the only way to our future unity and survival.


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