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Vultures to Return to Mumbai, to Eat the Dead

The Mumbai Parsi community is hoping to return vultures to their traditional and religious role of eating the dead by building aviaries near the Towers of Silence where the Zoroastrian dead are laid out to be stripped clean by vultures. For the past fifteen years, there have been barely a dozen vultures in Mumbai, and members of the community have increasingly turned to cremation (especially during the rainy season), which the religion considers unclean. The community hopes to have vultures return to eating the dead by February 2014. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Nov 30, 2012 - 38 comments

Freddie Mercury: Out on Stage, Brown in the Closet

"Take everything you know and imagine about Freddie Mercury: the iconic British rock star, the philandering partier, the serial maker of testosteroned-anthems, and flip it around to something less familiar: Farrokh Bulsara, a demure, bucktoothed Indian boy in a Bombay boarding school, listening to Lata Mangeshkar, playing cricket." -- Janaki Challa writes about the contradiction in the openly gay image of Freddie Mercury the performer and his much more private cultural identity off it.
posted by MartinWisse on Sep 6, 2012 - 36 comments

Zoroastrianism...

The Parsis of India: Their Photo Collection, a brief History and more. [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on May 18, 2009 - 13 comments

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