The Modern Zoroastrian Diaspora

  • John R. Hinnells
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The documented history of the (Parsi) Zoroastrian diaspora across India, to East Asia, Africa and the ‘West’ (mostly to Britain, America and Canada) stretches back to the mid-eighteenth century. It therefore provides a longer record of the ‘trajectory’ of the pattern of settlement of an Asian community than is available for any other group from the subcontinent. This chapter seeks to provide the first historical overview of this global dispersion, to identify the characteristic features of the various communities and to reflect on the impact of international migration on the preservation of traditions. Among the most important sources 1 of evidence are two recent world-wide questionnaires conducted among Parsis about their practices and attitudes.


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Notes and References

  1. 14.
    J. Pavri, ‘Brief summary of Zoroastrians abroad’ in Proceedings of the Fourth North American Congress (Montreal, 1982), pp. 88–95.Google Scholar
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    M. Karkal, Survey of Parsi population of Greater Bombay — 1982 (Bombay, 1984); for Pakistan see Gustafson, note 5 above.Google Scholar
  3. 21.
    See J. Hinnells,‘Zoroastrian migration to the American continent’, in M. Treasureywala (ed.), Proceedings of the 6th North American Congress (Toronto, 1989 ), pp. 19–49.Google Scholar
  4. 24.
    See J.J. Modi, The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of the Parsees (Bombay, 1937); and Mistree (note 19 above).Google Scholar

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