Magi (/ˈmeɪdʒaɪ/; singular magus /ˈmeɪɡəs/; from Latin magus) were priests in Zoroastrianism and the earlier religions of the western Iranians. The earliest known use of the word magi is in the trilingual inscription written by Darius the Great, known as the Behistun Inscription.
A Mobed, Mowbed, or Mobad (Middle Persian: ) is a Zoroastrian cleric of a particular rank. Unlike a herbad (ervad), a mobed is qualified to serve as celebrant priest at the Yasna ceremony.
Parsi Religion Parsi are followers of Zoroastrianism in India. According to Parsi tradition, a group of Iranian Zoroastrians emigrated from Persia to escape religious persecution by the Muslim majority after the Arab conquest. The Parsi are an ethnic minority in India and Pakistan.
Zoroastrians believe in one God, called Ahura Mazda (meaning ‘Wise Lord’). One God
Zoroastrianism was the official religion of the Persian Empire. You just studied 13 terms!
A fire temple, Agiary, Atashkadeh (Persian: آتشکده), Atashgah (آتشگاه) or Dar-e Mehr (در مهر) is the place of worship for the followers of Zoroastrianism, the ancient religion of Iran (Persia).
Ahura Mazdā, (Avestan: “Wise Lord”) also spelled Ormizd or Ormazd, supreme god in ancient Iranian religion, especially Zoroastrianism, the religious system of the Iranian prophet Zarathustra (c. 6th century bce; Greek name Zoroaster).
Animal protein is so fundamental to the Parsi diet that even during the holy month of Bahman, when Zoroastrians are supposed to abstain from meat, they’re permitted fish and eggs. Vegetables, on the other hand, are almost never eaten in isolation.
Iranis are generally seen as a subset of the wider Parsi community. As is also the case for the Parsis, the Iranis predominantly settled the west-coast of India, in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. A concentration of their people live in and around the city of Mumbai.
A Parsi wedding takes place on a stage in an agiary (fire temple). Before the groom steps on the stage, the bride’s mother performs a ritual called Achumichu. In this ritual, the bride’s mother holds a tray with a raw egg, supari, rice, coconut, dates and water and begins the ceremony with her son-in-law to be.
Zoroastrianism, the dominant pre-Islamic religious tradition of the Iranian peoples, was founded by the prophetic reformer Zoroaster in the 6th or 7th century BCE (if not earlier).
Type of Government Based in what is now Iran, the Persian Empire combined an absolute monarchy with a decentralized administration and widespread local autonomy.
Persia, historic region of southwestern Asia associated with the area that is now modern Iran. The term Persia was used for centuries and originated from a region of southern Iran formerly known as Persis, alternatively as Pārs or Parsa, modern Fārs.
Bureaucracy. A complex organization of departments, bureaus, and agencies composed of appointed officials that carry out the day-to-day operations of our government. Merit system.