Michael Frachetti The main focus of his research is on the dynamic strategies of pastoral nomadic societies living in the steppe region, mountains, and deserts of Central and Eastern Eurasia. His work centres primarily on pastoralism in the Bronze Age ( 3500-1000BC), which is intricately tied to questions of social and economic interaction between regional populations across Central Asia at that time. (...)
Source: University of Kansas.
Right-handedness is a distinctively human characteristic, with right-handers outnumbering lefties nine-to-one. But how far back does right-handedness reach in the human story? Researchers have tried to determine the answer by looking at ancient tools, prehistoric art and human bones, but the results have not been definitive. Now, David Frayer, professor of anthropology at the (...)
Sam Farokhi-Nia Our friend Sam has recently moved to Tajikistan and married a Tajik.
DUSHANBE — The Tajik parliament’s lower chamber has approved an amendment to the Family Code that will make it more difficult for foreigners to marry Tajik women. The amendment states that only foreign men who have lived in Tajikistan for at least one year and can provide their wife with a home registered in (...)
During the first part of the Bronze Age in the Carpathian Basin in Central Europe, a large proportion of the population lived in what are known as tell-building societies. A thesis in archaeology from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) shows that the leaders of these societies had the ability to combine several sources of power in an effective way in order to dominate the rest of the (...)
En cela, la culture de ces éleveurs de caprins est exemplaire. Sa capacité d’adaptation a été liée à l’existence d’acteurs religieux respectés, des chamanes, qui en transe, ont toujours réussi à communiquer avec les dieux et les esprits de la nature pour fournir des explications aux problèmes de la communauté. Ils ont ainsi dicté la coutume, organisé la vision du monde, réparé les désordres collectifs et individuels, parfois (...)
Les Kalash du Chitral forment un peuple du Pakistan septentrional parlant le kalashamon, une langue indo-aryenne et encore polythéiste. Plus de 100 000 au XIXe siècle, ils ne sont plus que de 3000 à 6000 individus.
C’est là aussi que vivent encore deux mille Kafirs Kalash, terme qui signifie les “infidèles vêtus de noir”. Ce nom est dû aux vêtements masculins car les femmes y portent des étoffes très colorées. Ils (...)
Coin of Gurgamoya King of Khotan. Khotan, 1st century CE.
Obv: Kharoshthi legend “Of the great king of kings, king of Khotan, Gurgamoya”.
Rev: Chinese legend: “Twenty-four grain copper coin”.
For some fifty years Sir Harold Bailey has studied and interpreted the northern area of Indian Buddhist culture in the Khotan Saka documents of Central Asia dated between the fifth and tenth centuries AD. In the VIIth (...)
«Simple», I reply, «Monotheism. The single God, Ahura Mazda in combat with Ahriman, the Lie. And three simple tenets: Humata, Hukta, Huvareshta “good thoughts, good words, good deeds”, sometimes translated by the venal as good eggs, good fish, good meat!»
He is impressed. He tells me that he was even more impressed with the musical works of a Parsi composer called Kaikushru Sorabji  who wrote an interminable piece (...)
All this had been well planned by the French and the English colonial academia and diplomacies, who knew that all the aforementioned evils needed a mattress of cultural and national disintegration to be embedded upon; the anti-Yemenite conspiracy (part of the anti-Ottoman Empire and anti-Orient scheme) was then implemented through blackmailing, perfidy, vicious ignominy and unprecedented hatred of Yemen’s (...)
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برنامه به دلیل ازدحام بیش از حد با ۳٠ دقیقه تأخیر آغاز گردید. پس از مراسم رسمی آغازی، فضای سالن با صدای توپ سال تحویل و نواخته شدن موسیقی نوروز پر گردید. دوشیزگان ایرانی که لباس سنتی اقوام گوناگون را در بر داشتند هر کدام یکی از سینهای سفرۀ هفتسین را در دست گرفته و از در ورودی در پشت سر شرکتکنندگان وارد سالن شدند که با تشویق پیوسته و بدون وقفۀ شرکتکنندگان به مسیر خود ادامه دادند و پس از چرخیدن بر (...)
Bakhtiar K. Dadabhoy The author.
The Parsis came to western India from Iran more than 1,000 years ago to escape religious persecution at the hands of Arabs. As per the oral tradition, the local ruler Jadi Rana, concerned at the arrival of strange people, presented the Parsis a bowl of milk filled to the brim, denoting symbolically that he had no place for them. A nice Parsi priest added sugar to the milk, (...)
We have been working on this film for over 4 years. We have shot footage in Boston, Bombay, Chicago, Iran, New York and Vancouver. We would like to thank all the individuals who have generously donated to this project.
This hour-long documentary focuses on the assimilation of the Zoroastrian community into North America. The film highlights the challenges faced by members of this ancient Persian religion today. (...)
Reprinted with the kind authorization of Planet POWAI.
The remains of “Framaji Kavasji” bungalow on ADS Marg, as seen today.
At the time, Powai lake supplied two million gallons of water to Bombay. Today, on the ADS Marg near the Powai Police stn on the lake side remains a dilapidated cottage whose wooden pillars jut on the pavement on the widened JVLR section II. This is the sole remnant of the Framji (...)