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About community

Zoroastrian Community of St. Petersburg carries out the following activities:
• weekly prayer gatherings and special holiday ceremonies
• international communication with the Hamdins
• organization of international exchange visits
• translation and publishing of materials advancing Good Religion
• studying of cultural and artistic heritage expressing Zoroastrian worldview

Zoroastrian Community of St.-Petersburg is an officially registered local religious organization which activity is directed to studying and disseminating the world religion – Zoroastrianism under the international religious and legal regulations. The Community was founded in 1994 and has the official status according to the law of religious associations
In the early 1990-s within the limits of the School of Avesta astrology created by Pavel Globa, a group of people for studying Avesta tradition and the history of the religion was established, which subsequently became the organization "Zoroastrian Community of St.-Petersburg". In some lectures Pavel Globa quoted and explained some texts of Avesta, arousing the interest to the sources of Zoroastrianism. Afterwards these notions were added by religious ethics and traditional ideas. During the last years some relations and links with Zoroastrians of Iran and India have been established.

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In 1996 Michael Chistyakov became the Junior Prior of the Community. At first he himself studied the Avesta language in which the Ghats and Zaratushtra’s words are written. The Avesta language is used in Zoroastrian liturgies. Then Michael Chistyakov taught some other members of the Community to read Avesta . We began to study the ritual carrying out according to Zoroastrian canon accepted among all Zoroastrians of the world. Further Michael Chistyakov continued working at the translation of Avesta.

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As a result of it there appeared an edition of«Khordeh-Avesta» with its full translation into Russian.

In 1998 Kushty rituals were developed. After that ten мembers of the Community were tied a belt, having become the kushtivans. In the same year the Community site was made where we informed the whole world about the existence of our Community. After that the relations with some foreign coreligionists began to be established.
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From 2003 to 2008 our community was taking part in organizing the pilgrim trips to the Ural Mountains to Arkaim. According to one of the hypotheses this place is recognized as the source of proto-zoroastrianism.
In 2004 the Community delegation went to India for participation in the International Congress. During the trip some contacts were made including the President of the Zoroastrian College of Sandjhan Madam Meher Mousse. Later many мembers of the Community made similar trips.

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During the last years according to the recommendations of the Zoroastrian mobeds of Iran and India many мembers of the Community secondly carried out the kushti ritual for fuller inclusion in the Zoroastrian tradition and recognition of the world Zoroastrian Community.
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In 2008 Madam Meher Mousse together with Mobed Kushroo Madon made a visit in Russia during which some lectures on Zoroastrian rituals were given.

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In 2006 during the trip to Iran some relations with Iranian Zoroastrians were established. As a result , in 2007 Mobed from Yasd Kamran Lorian paid a visit to us.

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In 2009 the Community was visited by the Head of the Tehran Mobed Council Mr A.Khorshidian.

In 2010 our Community help to Mobed Kamran Djamshidi make international Novjot Ceremony with Bozorg Bazgasht Organisation and Anjoman Blagoverie.
fire.svgFrom 2019 march comunity stay radically divided from part of new administration and go fully unformal with lot of traditional members living in S.Petersburg.