Studio portrait of a large Parsee family group, Bombay.
Photographer: Chintamon, Hurrichund
Medium: Photographic print
Group of 13 men, women and children, posed in front of a backdrop taken by Hurrichund Chintamon c. 1867 at Mumbai, India. This photograph is from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections and was in show in the 1867 Paris Exhibition. The Parsees, or Parsis, are descendants of Persians who fled to India in the seventh and eighth centuries to escape Muslim persecution. Their communities are concentrated in Maharashtra and Gujarat states, especially in Bombay. The Parsis are Zoroastrian, often described as fire-worshippers. However, they do not worship fire, instead they revere many aspects of nature as manifestations of the divinity of Ahura Mazdah.