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Kurdistan

Head of Zoroastrian temple says people are returning to their roots

By Rudaw 1/2/2016
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There has been a recent surge in conversions to Zoroastrianism among Kurds at home and abroad.

Andaz Hawezi, chief of the Zoroastrian Temple in Sweden says thousands have joined the faith.

In 2011 he was elected to lead the temple. Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest religions to which most Kurds trace their ancestral faith.

Hawezi says not all the new converts or followers are Kurds. There are Arabs, Turks, Persian, Swedish, Polish, British and other nationalities.

“We hope to come back to Kurdistan. That’s why we named the Temple Kurdish Zoroastrian.” Hawezi says.

The Temple in Sweden is now working to gain permission from the Kurdish government to open its temple in the Kurdistan Region.

At the moment its members meet in Sulaimani city.

“As a religion we must be everywhere. If we get permission to work here we would do our works in every part of the Kurdistan Region.” Hawezi told Rudaw in an interview.

 

 

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Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 1/2/2016
we must go back to our origin,and find our real spiritual leader ,the great Zarathustra .
Botani | 1/2/2016
Wake up Kurds stop the fear,shame and humiliation be knowledgable and proud who you are and what is you real religion is rise the way sin rises rise the way fire rises . Rise Zoroastrian flag and put down islam(ISIS) flag once for all and only then Hero Kawayee Asankar would win on Tyrant Zahak
Tony | 1/2/2016
This is a joke right? What's the point? what is so important to go to that Cult?
bebegun | 1/2/2016
I don't know what he's talking about when he says 'we hope we can come back to Kurdistan' because Kurdish Zoroastrians have several congregations/temples in KRG and Rojava. Maybe he doesn't recognise them because they're not under his control? this is why religion is a bad idea, they're tiny and already they want to compete about which sect is the "real" one. Forget about controlling Kurds for your own agenda Mr. Hawezi, we never submit, go ask Turks Arabs and Persians.
chupita va a la guerra | 1/2/2016
are the kurds gonna change from an arab religion to a persian religion? better stay with your own religion yazidism or kakai

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