SOAS University of London

Film by SOAS scholars of rural Southern Gujarat helps boost donations to the World Zoroastrian Organisation

12 February 2019

A film produced by Professor Almut Hintze, Zartoshty Brothers Professor of Zoroastrianism, and Dr Céline Redard, Postdoctoral Researcher in Avestan Studies, on Parsi villages in rural Southern Gujarat has been used by the World Zoroastrian Organisation (WZO) to aid its fundraising efforts.

The film helps to capture the harsh conditions in which many families live in the rural areas of this region and also show the work being done by The WZO Trust Funds to help improve their everyday lives.

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MUYA visit of Guajarati Parsi villages

WZO Trust Funds Chairman Dinshaw K. Tamboly said: "A well wisher from USA has already sent a mail mentioning she will be having blankets made from fleece and shipping them to WZO Trust in India for distribution, especially for children. Another has requested for bank details of WZOT to enable a remittance to be made by way of donation." 

He added that the organisation had received many positive responses from Zoroastrians residing in USA, UK and Australia, and in circulating the images and video of Professor Hintze’s and Dr Redard’s visit, Mr Tamboly said: “I am very confident many will translate into tangible support.”

Professor Hintze leads a team of international researchers exploring the performance and written transmission of the core ritual of the Zoroastrian tradition, the Yasna.