When Muslims came to Persia in the 7th century, they began to discriminate against the Zoroastrian Parsees, so many of them fled to western India. In India, they became known as "Pars," the people from Persia, and they retained the Zoroastrian religion. We now call them the Parsees. Later, under British rule, they became a highly respected group whose socio-political and economic influence was out of proportion to their relatively small numbers. They are small in number, and their numbers are dwindling even in Hong Kong.
Most Parsees live in India, but there are a small number who live in Hong Kong.
It wasn't until the 1700s when Parsee businessmen arrived in Hong Kong to help the East India Company expand. They made great contributions to Hong Kong such as helping to develop the University of Hong Kong. Today the Parsees are often associated with business and banking.
Zoroastrians believes in one god only, Ahura Mazda, and they perceive themselves as the first monotheistic religion in history. They worship only in the presence of fire, and will not allow "outsiders" to convert to their religion. One must be born into this religion.
People of wealth often don't realize that they have spiritual needs that must only be met by God Himself. The Zoroastrians believe that their willingness to worship only one god will put them in good standings. They don't realize how much they need to depend on the one and only God of Heaven.
* Pray that the Zoroastrian Parsees will understand that they remain poor and in need of a savior from sin until they embrace the King of kings.
* Pray for a church planting movement among Parsees in Hong Kong that will spread to India.
* Pray for believers in Hong Kong to reach out to the Parsees.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Parsee|
|People Name in Country||Parsee|
|Population in China||5,700|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Parsis, Parzi, Zarathushti, Zardasht, Zarrushti, Zarthusht, Zarushti, Zoroastrians, पारसी|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||43 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Religion:||Other / Small|
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