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Rashid Shahmardan was born in the early part of the 20th century in the village of Zain Abad, Yazd (Iran), and grow up in the village of Khorramshah. He spent some of his adult life in Bombay, and later lived in the Iranian capital of Tehran.  He joined his sons in the US after the Iranian Islamic revolution of 1979, and died in 1990s.  Mr. Shahmardan was a scholar of the Zoroastrian history and religion and also trained as a priest.  He produced a number of well researched books and articles on various aspects of the Zoroastrian religion. Included amongst them are "History of Zoroastrians past Sasanians", and "Farzanegan-e Zarathushti" (prominent Zarathushtis of Iran).  Rashid Shahmardan strongly believed in the universality of the Zoroastrian religion, and performed the initiation ceremony of  a number of Iranian in Khuzestan intent on reverting back to their ancestral religion.

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