8 Zartoshti women receive Mobedyar Certificate
Is it possible in Zorastrian Religion ???
Times are changing!!!
Amordad News Reports
A group of 8 Zartoshti women received their Mobedyar Certificate from Anjoman Mobedan in Iran
There are women mobeds in Iran now. CLICK ON BOTH THE LINKS – Script is not English – but see the pictures of recently ordained lady priests.
Courtesy : Jehangir Gilder
This year the Esfandegan or Sepandarmezd celebration which is the equivalent of Women’s Day in Iran was very special.
In the ceremony a group of 8 Zarthushti women received their Mobedyar certificate from Anjoman Mobedan in Iran.
Here is a short report of the speeches, that I have translated for you:
The first speaker, Dr.Katyoon Mazdapoor (the prominent researcher and university professor) stated the significant role of females in Zoroastrian society. She pointed out “although throughout history there is no mention of female Mobeds , but women always had an important role in the safe-keeping and guarding of the religion.
Dr.Esfandiayr Ekhtiyary, representative of Zoroastrians in the Iran Parliament said: “Today is an auspicious day because we learn what it means in reality when Zoroaster said that females and males have equal status. Dr. Ekhtiyary further added that we have many educated female and they are qualified to be Mobedyar and request the Anjuman to educate more females about the Zoroastrian religion, so thereby every year there will be a similar event.
The third speaker Dr.Mobed Ardeshir Khoshridan told us that , after Sweden, it is the Parsees and the Zoroastrian societies that have the lowest illiteracy rate, and this achievement is due to women’s efforts.
He furthermore said that since last April we had been planning to organize this event. There have been 15 applicants, from those who are older or from Mobed relatives. These were selected in a second round of screening, so that there would not be any controversy.
Congratulations to the New Mobedyar and all Zoroastrian women for this spiritual achievement!
Courtesy : armita atashband