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Portrait of a Parsee Lady by Raja Ravi Varma.
Portrait of a Parsee Lady.

Parsi (or Parsee) is one of two Zoroastrian communities (the other being Iranis) which are primarily located in India. According to the Qissa-i Sanjan, Parsis originally migrated from Greater Iran to Gujarat and Sindh at some point during the 8th to 10th century to avoid the persecution of Zoroastrians by Muslim invaders who were in the process of conquering Iran.


  • Parsi culture is also an alien culture, but alien in name only, for, tolerant from the first, it has got blended with Indian culture almost beyond recognition.
    • Harsh Narain Myths of Composite Culture and Equality of Religions, 1990, p.28.
  • The Parsees have ever been working shoulder to shoulder with the Hindus against the English domination. They are no fanatics. From the great Dadabhai Nowroji to the renowned revolutionary lady Madam Kama the Parsees have contributed their quota of true Indian patriots, nor have they ever displayed any but goodwill towards the Hindu Nation which to them had proved a veritable saviour of their race. Culturally too they are most closely akin to us.
    • V.D. Savarkar, Hindu Rashtra Darshan, p. 23, also quoted in part in Elst, Koenraad (2014). Decolonizing the Hindu mind: Ideological development of Hindu revivalism. New Delhi: Rupa. p.272
  • Who routed infidel armies and destroyed them with bloody slaughter?
    Who put out and made cold the sacred flame in Iran?
  • I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation.
    • Vivekananda, At the World's Parliament of Religions, Chicago 11th September, 1893 CW Vol I.

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