|The four volume
set on India is part of a thirty volume travel book "Various Countries of
the Globe" set.
Josiah Condor in his writings provides us
with detailed observation of Parsee community in Bombay and Surat, their
account of customs and traditions and religious practice. Throughout
the text he provides valuable reference to scholarly work and sources to
further explain his observations.
This article in "Library Series" should
prove useful in study and progress of study of Zarathushtrian religion and
practices in various Zarathushti communities of India.
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A consensus taken on 1816
reports the Parsee population to be 13150. They are known as Guebres who
fled Persia; a rich and very active, loyal class of population.
Parsees while producing a
great deal of capital, and own majority of properties. Their habits and
diets are discussed.
"Guebre women enjoy more
freedom than other oriental females" claims one traveler.
Relationship with priests is
discussed and further character of Parsees at work is observed.
Parsee veneration for dog is
explained and they are recognized as the most active, vigorous and
active of all classes in India.