Survey II: Questionnaire on the interaction between ‘born-Zoroastrians’ and ‘Zoroastrians-by-choice’
Welcome to an 𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐧𝐲𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐞𝐲 that aims at studying the interaction, knowledge and attitudinal patterns of ‘𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧-𝐙𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬’ — those born to at least one Zoroastrian parent — towards ‘𝐙𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬-𝐛𝐲-𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞’— those who were born to non-Zoroastrian parents - i.e., where both the parents – mother and father – are/were non-Zoroastrians.

This study is part of the doctoral project of 𝐌𝐫. 𝐑𝐮𝐳𝐛𝐞𝐡 𝐇𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐚, a Ph.D. student who is conducting an ethnographic study of ‘𝐙𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬-𝐛𝐲-𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞’ under the supervision of Professor 𝐀𝐥𝐦𝐮𝐭 𝐇𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐳𝐞 and Professor 𝐀𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧 𝐀𝐝𝐢𝐛-𝐌𝐨𝐠𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐚𝐦 𝐚𝐭 𝐒𝐎𝐀𝐒, 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐋𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐧.

In this survey, the term ‘𝐙𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬-𝐛𝐲-𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞’ will be used as a ‘𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐧’ to refer to those individuals who were 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 — 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 — 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐧-𝐙𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬. These Zoroastrians voluntarily chose to ordain themselves into the Zoroastrian faith through a Sedreh-Pushi/Navjote ceremony. This also includes those whose ancestors were Zoroastrians but were compelled to adopt an alternate religious identity, and therefore have chosen to 'return' to Zoroastrian identity by undergoing a Sedreh-Pushi/Navjote; and those who were ‘officially’ non-Zoroastrians but ‘privately’ remained Zoroastrians.

Individuals irrespective of having undergone a Navjote/Sedreh-Pushi ceremony who 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 to 𝐚 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 with 𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 — 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 — 𝐢𝐬/𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧-𝐙𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧, and as a result identify as a Zoroastrian, 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐬 ‘𝐙𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬’ 𝐨𝐫 ‘𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧-𝐙𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬’ 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐞𝐲.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐬 ‘𝐙𝐨𝐫o𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬-𝐛𝐲-𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐫 𝐍𝐞𝐨-𝐙𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬' 𝐚𝐧𝐝 ‘𝐙𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐫 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧-𝐙𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬' 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐜𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐜 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐚, 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐧𝐨 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐣𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐬, 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐬, 𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐙𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲..
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