Elsewhere in the world however, Zoroastrian communities do accept converts.In Australia, Ms Pourshasb says conversions are occurring, but orthodox members of the community aren't happy about it.
you feel like you've got a sense of responsibility to meet a Zoroastrian and to help those numbers grow," says Ms Pourshasb, a 30-year-old HR advisor and member of the Australian Zoroastrian Association."It has definitely been challenging because already in the Sydney community you're faced with not a great number of bachelors to choose from, and the other thing is you grow up with them as though they're as close to you as family …so it'd feel weird to even see them as your partner." According to the 2016 Census results there are fewer than 3,000 Zoroastrians currently living in Australia.Parsi Matrimonials are considered sacred and pure and follow rituals such as Achoo Michoo, Var Behendoo, Ara Antar, Haathevaro etc.Read more I am: Out-going, modest, shop-a-holic, sweet, good hearted, likes volunteering, ambitious, driven, a foodie, world-traveller, adventurous, adrenaline rush seeking, tech savvy, and a strong be...The community is so small it makes up 0.01 per cent of the national population.
Ms Pourshasb eventually met and fell in love with a Christian man.
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Although they are not, strictly speaking, a caste, since they are not Hindus, they form a well-defined community.
According to tradition, the Parsis initially settled at Hormuz on the , but finding themselves still persecuted they set sail for India, arriving in the 8th century.
"So far, 55 couples have found their partners through my efforts — 53 couples are already married, and two more couples are engaged to be married soon," says Ms Havewala, a Mumbai-based mother-of-two.