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A Mirror Or A Clock? Considering History And The Myth-Story

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Historians of Sasanian and early Islamic Iran are aware of the activity of Zoroastrians 'Parsis' in maritime trading diasporas. Iranian Zoroastrians have been trading with India for centuries before the dates that have been calculated for the arrival of the Parsis according to their chronologies of the QS. Wink summarises the account of the QS referring to it both as a myth-story, and as a history. Hodivala readjusted the Parsi arrival by 220 years from 716 to 936 C.E. Modi who was a great expert in the scriptural and exegetical texts, theology and ritual practice of Zoroastrianism attempted to balance the correspondence with known historical dates and traditional account accepted from the Parsi Prakash. QS is the only text that survives about Parsi origins. The QS should be seen as a mirror of the 16th century context of the Sanjana lineage which had found itself in Navsari.

Keywords:Hodivala; India; Iranian; Modi; Parsis; QS; Sanjana; Sasanian; Wink; Zoroastrians



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