Can you guide me to sources of information on Zoroastrian Astronomy for my Book / PhD. Any kind of information about People, Publications or Courseware would be useful.
PS – My office is near The Oriental Institute
Many of you have expressed an interest to visit Tajikistan, the ancient homelands of the Zarathushtis. Here is an opportunity to do so. The tour is highly recommended by people who took it in 2013.
HAFTKUL TRAVEL AGENCY ANNOUNCES TWO ARCHEOLOGICAL TOURS OF TAJIKISTAN
BOTH TOURS WILL BE LED BY RUSSIAN ARCHEOLOGIST DR. PAVEL LURJE, “PASHA,” HEAD OF THE PANJAKENT EXPEDITION OF THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM, ST. PETERSBURG. PASHA WILL GIVE SEVERAL TALKS ON HISTORY, LANGUAGES AND CULTURE OF ANCIENT TAJIKISTAN
Sogdiana and Bactria, ancient regions named in the Avesta, are partially located in Tajikistan and will be toured. Russian archaeologists have unearthed many sites associated with Zoroastrianism. The most famous of them are the “Oxus temple” at Takht-i Sangin in Bactria and the ancient settlement of Panjakent in Sogdiana. The famous Oxus Treasure (now in the British Museum) was found near Takhti Sangin, and Temple I in Panjakent displays a Zoroastrian connection and affiliation, including a fire sanctuary. Both tours will include these sites.
Tajik customs (especially among the people living in the mountains) retain elements going back to the Zoroastrian past. They have great reverence for fire and water, use bull’s urine for medical purposes, as well as the use for healing purposes of ephedra which they call ‘hum’ – that is, haoma.
The Tajik language is an Iranian language, very close to Persian. Tajiks integrated into Classical Persian literary tradition so even a farmer can recite from memory verses of Khayyam, Hafez, Rudaki, Bidel and Firdausi. A group of villagers, called the Yagnobis, living in the Zerafshan valley, still speak the Sogdian language. A tour of a Yagnobi village is planned.
The tours will also include visits to Museums in Dushanbe, Khojand and other places where many articles of Zoroastrian heritage are on display. The National Museum has special sections on Zoroastrian culture from the Achaemenian and Sasanian periods.
For further information on both tours, visit: http://www.haftkul.tj/
and write to:
Mr. Shodmon Sanginov, Haftkul Travel Co. email@example.com
Dr. Pavel Lurje, Pasha firstname.lastname@example.org
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Posted on March 24, 2014
………………………… One woman I’ve always regarded with wonder is Pervin Todiwala, or, to afford her the full title she so fully affords, ‘Pervin Todiwala: Marketing Whiz, Charity Champion, Honorary Dame d’ Escoffier and TIAW 100 World of Difference Award-Winner’. Someone so humble would never introduce themselves with such fanfare; her lack of trumpet-blowing making it all the more imperative you understand that this lady is a legend. ………………………..
An Article from ‘India Opines’
Apr 14, 2014
OK first off, a lot of people don’t know who or what a Parsi is – well it’s a small tribe of eccentric and instantly recognisable people to be found in Mumbai, Pune and parts of Gujarat. About half the roads in Mumbai seem to be named after this bunch of people who follow the Zoroastrian faith and have almost universally over-large noses. So as a Parsi myself (you happen to be reading the words of a person belonging to an endangered species, I’ll have you know) and being married to another of the same tribe for over 12 years, I would urge females of all hues, ages and body types to find a Parsi guy to date. Here are just some reasons a Parsi Guy makes a great boy friend.