Kurds Open Zoroastrian Temple in Sweden

The first Kurdish Zoroastrian temple, Agri Temple or “Temple of Fire,” will open its doors for believers of the faith on the Kurdish New Year, Newroz.

The center is located north of the Swedish capital, Stockholm.

Inside the temple, there is the holy fire and paintings of Zoroaster and Ahura Mazda, the Zoroastrian god. Texts from the Avesta, the holy book written in Kurdish, and a Kurdish flag warm up the heart of the temple.

Holding the Avesta against his chest and standing by the fire, Andaz Hawezi, the administrator of the temple and representative of the Kurdish Zoroastrian community in Sweden, said that on Newroz the temple will open its doors and welcome anyone interested in becoming a Zoroastrian, as long as they practice the main pillars of the faith — “Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds.”

Hawezi believes that building a temple is the completion of human body because that is where the believers would meet their god Ahuramazda.

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