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Reprinted from the September 2004 issue of Science & Theology News. MUMBAI, India - The Parsi New Year, celebrated by the world's 120,000 Parsi Zoroastrians on August 20, brought to an end 10 days of prayers - called Muktad - for the souls of their dead.Traditionally, the dead are left in the Towers of Silence, or dakhmas, for the elements of nature - the sun and wind - and birds of prey to dispose of.It would be ideal for vultures to be reintroduced into the towers." In 1870, Sir Monier-Williams of Oxford University wrote that, "it took vultures less than five minutes to consume the flesh of a new corpse." Since then the situation has changed because the Oriental White-backed and Long-billed vulture populations have diminished by 96 percent in India and neighboring countries.In-depth studies by the Bombay Natural History Society, the U. Fish and Wildlife Services and the United States-based Peregrine Fund have shown that their deaths were not due to any assignable causes like DDT or bird flu. Parship is the British branch of Europe's largest and most successful serious online service for professional dating, which members are predominantly affluent, educated men and women between 28 and 55 years old. By means of an objective, scientific process, the Parship Principle®, the service helps its members to find love. The compatibility-based online dating service is specifically for people who want to form a lasting, honest and sincere relationship.The religion has, in many ways, been protected by the small group of Zoroastrians in India - called Parsis - who left their homeland of Persia, now modern-day Iran, in the 10th century to escape oppression by Islamic conquerors.
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