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Parsi \Parsi\ (p[aum]r"s[=e] or p[aum]r*s[=e]") prop. n. Same as Parsee.

Syn: Parsee.


Parsi (or Parsee) is one of two Zoroastrian communities (the other being Iranis) primarily located in South Asia. According to the Qissa-i Sanjan, Parsis migrated from Greater Iran to Gujarat and Sindh between the 8th and 10th century CE to avoid the persecution of Zoroastrians following the Muslim conquest of Persia.

At the time of the Muslim conquest of Persia, the dominant religion of the region (which was ruled by the Sasanian Empire) was Zoroastrianism. Iranians rebelled against Arab invaders for almost 200 years; in Iran this period is now known as the " Two Centuries of Silence" or "Period of Silence". During this time many Iranians who are now called Parsi chose to preserve their religious identity by fleeing from Iran to India.

The word , pronounced "Parsian", i.e. "Parsi" in the Persian language literally means Persian. Persian is the official language of modern Iran, which was formerly known as Persia, and the Persian language's endonym is Farsi, an arabization of the word Parsi.

The long presence of the Parsis in the Gujarat and Sindh areas of India distinguishes them from the smaller Zoroastrian Indian community of Iranis, who are much more recent arrivals, mostly descended from Zoroastrians fleeing the repression of the Qajar dynasty and the general social and political tumult of late 19th- and early 20th-century Iran.


Pärsi is a village in Karksi Commune, Viljandi County in southern Estonia. It borders the villages Morna, Oti, Karksi, Polli and Allaste as well as Halliste Commune.

Parsi (disambiguation)

Parsi of Pärsi may refer to:

  • Parsi, a member of the Zoroastrian community of the Indian subcontinent
  • Persian language, referred to as Parsi (Farsi) by speakers of that language
  • The Gujarati language as spoken by the Parsi
  • Parsi (Tati), Iranian ethnic group from the Caucasus ( Tat people)
  • Proposed unit of currency to replace the Iranian rial
  • Parsi, Iran, a village in Mazandaran Province, Iran
  • Arsham Parsi, Iranian LGBT Human Rights activist
  • Trita Parsi, Iranian writer
  • Pärsi, village in Viljandi County in southern Estonia

Usage examples of "parsi".

As a Parsi, Dr Daruwalla was descended from Persian Zoroastrians who had come to India in the seventh and eighth centuries to escape Muslim persecution.

Only a fellow Parsi would know that English had been his veritable mother tongue, and that the doctor would have learned his Hindi in school.

At the Duckworth Club, Dhar spent most of lunch listening to Dr Daruwalla go on and on about this new offense to the Parsis: how the recent Parsi dead had been overlooked by the vultures attending to Mr Lai on the golf course.

In reverence of the great Dr Lowji Daruwalla, rigidity of the spine was a habit ferociously maintained by the old Parsi steward Mr Sethna.

Although old Lowji was a Parsi, he was as mocking of the true believers of the Zoroastrian faith as he was of any true believers.

The old Parsi would never have imagined that Dr Daruwalla was thinking about himself.

Garden, the Parsi steward allowed himself a rare moment of familiarity with a passing waiter.

Parsi community, because the Towers of Silence were the burial wells for the Parsi dead.

As a Parsi and a practicing Zoroastrian, the old steward had reacted predictably to the posters for the newest Inspector Dhar absurdity.

It struck the old Parsi as an awkward moment to bring them the menus, but he knew he needed to be near her purse.

Instinctively, she caught them, while the old Parsi staggered past her and collided with the all-important chair.

Apparently, the famous tea-pouring Parsi also fancied himself a promising policeman.

Jewish ritual, together with the religious rites of the Christians, strongly influenced the definite shape given to that of Islam, while indirect influence of the Parsi religion is at least probable.

Steven and his three friends had spent time near Bombay, where they might have met Parsi thought and begun to develop a kind of neo-Zoroastrianism, fire-reverence with the Parsi tendency toward secrecy and an appreciation for the metaphysics of change.

My Parsi master took me to meet immortals, men who could pierce themselves and not bleed, be bitten by cobras and not die.