Soroushian, Dr. Mehrborzin
Dastur Jamsap of Kerman, a learned Zartoshty priest
in the Vendidad and other religious texts and the Pahlavi
language lived in the latter part of the 16th century and
the early part of the 17th century. His scholarship repute
was the reason for his being invited by the Parsis of
Surat, India to go there and help arbitrate the ongoing
debate on the adoption and use the correct religious
calendar as well as other related issues. The views
expressed by Jamasp did not resonate well with some of his
hosts who in an attempt to slight him referred to him as
Valayati (provincial). While in Surat Dastur Jamasp
managed to tutor three young Zartoshty priest in India.
One of them Darab Kumana of Surat, later tutored the
visiting Frenchman Anquetil du Perron on the textual
knowledge he had gained from Dastur Jamasp Valayati
Kermani. This transfer of knowledge proved essential in
uncovering of message of Zarathushtra.
His tutorial of the three young priest in Surat once again
interested them in the study of religious texts in
Pahlavi, the language of Sassanians. He took a number of
religious texts with him to Surat and left them there.
Dastur Jamasp finally returned to Kerman and lived out the
remaining years of his life.