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Zoroastrian priest: Zoroastrians in Iran are free to perform rituals

Ardakan, Yazd prov, March 31, IRNA-Iranian Zoroastrians perform their religious rituals in total freedom, respect and peace in light of the Islamic establishment of the country, said a senior Zoroastrian religious figure here on Thursday.

Local Zoroastrian priest Goshtasb Balivani made the remarks in an address to a group of Zoroastrians at Hirom Baad rituals at Pir Herisht temple, 17 kilometers north of this central Iranian city on Thursday.

The temple is called after Pir Herisht, nicknamed as Morvarid, one of the servants of Iran's Sassanid King Yazdgerd.

Zoroastrians from provinces of Fars, Kerman, Tehran and Yazd, present at the meeting, recited parts of their religious book, Gataha, and then performed Hirombad rituals at Sharifabad fireplace.

The participants then prayed God Almighty for prosperity of the Islamic Republic system worldwide and for longevity of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

There are many Zoroastrian holy sites in Yazd province, including Pir Narki, Pir Sabz, Khatun Banu, Narestaneh, Pir Herisht, Setti Pir, Pir Elias Shah, Heram Yazd, Pir Mehr Izad and Chehel Cheraq.

Zoroaster was born in Takht Suleyman of Iran's Azarbaijan in 3,600 BC and his parents were Dogdu and Purwashsb.

Zoroastrians believe Zoroaster was assigned to prophethood at the age of 30 by Ahura Mazda and was killed at a fireplace in Balkh northeast of Iran by Turbratur.

There are an estimated 150,000 Zoroastrians worldwide with 30,000 of them living in Iran's provinces of Yazd, Kerman, Fars, Tehran, Khuzestan and Kohgilouyeh and Boyerahmad.

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