The Gift of the Last Magi

Parsi priest while enjoying a break during the performance of a nīrangdīn ceremony, making sure to maintain the necessary distance from any person. The state of purity is a common requirement for the performance of major Zoroastrian rituals. Besides the performance of specific rituals, it implies the maintenance of distance from people who are not in the same state, such as laypeople or non-Zoroastrians.

I recently gave the lecture ‘The Gift of the Last Magi’ as part of the CAS-E lecture series. I shared an overview of my research project on the nīrangdīn ceremony as it is performed today by the Zoroastrians in India, also known as Parsis. The main purpose of this ceremony is the consecration of bull […]