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Anita and Mehta, both men, are young members of India’s Parsi community.
The ethnic group numbers just 60,000 nationwide, three-fourths of them in Mumbai, and diminishing fast.
Their Zoroastrian faith forbids converts, so many ascribe the population decline—at least in part—to increasingly common marriages between Parsis and people of other faiths.
“In 2008, one in every four [Parsi marriages] was a mixed marriage.
In India the term doongerwadi came into use after a Dakhma was constructed on a hill of that name.
The English language term "Tower of Silence" is a neologism attributed to Robert Murphy, a translator for the British colonial government of India in the early 19th century.
Now, one of every three is a mixed marriage,” said Mehta, a banker and Parsi youth leader.
“When people say Parsis are dwindling, it’s not necessarily that we’re dying out, but when you intermarry, you dilute that sense of Parsi identity.” The specter of their shrinking population hangs heavy over Parsis of all ages.
Karanjia, the principal of the Athornan Boarding Madressa, a Zoroastrian seminary in Mumbai.Zoroastrianism, at 3,500 years old, is one of the world's oldest religions.Its practitioners worldwide follow the teachings of the Prophet Zarathushtra as well as ritual practices that have come down from Sasanian times.In the Avesta, the term is pejorative and does not signify a construction of any kind.In the Iranian provinces of Yazd and Kerman, dakhma continues as deme or dema.