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Followers debate faith’s fade

By Jehangir Pocha

Baltimore Sun Journal

April 20, 2004

BOMBAY, India – For centuries this city has been the citadel where Zoroastrianism, the world’s oldest prophetic religion, has preserved itself and prospered in the face of overwhelming odds.

Now, demographers say, Zoroastrians in Bombay and elsewhere face extinction, with a falling birthrate magnified by a tradition of not accepting converts. The threat has locked the tiny community into an emotional debate over how to maintain its faith and identity, while also moving with the times.

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