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Filmreife Epiphanien im dritten Raum: Ein transreligiöser Kult in Mumbai

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This study introduces a religious group based in present-day Mumbai and led by two Indian (Parsi) Zoroastrians. The group can be characterized as transreligious, as it appeals to followers with varied religious affiliations, without claiming to establish a new religion. After looking at the two leaders’ biographies and tracing some of the important stages in their development from middle-class Parsi laypeople to their present status of “divine lights,” the essay examines their main mythological, theological, and iconographic features. A description and analysis of an important ritual event (a birthday darshan) is followed by devotees’ testimonies of “divine miracles” resulting from their encounter with the “divine lights.” After some glimpses at the followers’ day-to-day life, the essay ends with reflections on terminology, typology, and context.

Affiliations: 1: Norwegian University of Science and Technology Department of Archaeology and Religious Studies 7491 Trondheim, Norway, Email:; 2: University of Bergen, Department of Archaeology, History, Culture Studies and Religion P.O. Box 7805, 5020 Bergen, Norway, Email:


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