Essentialism in Zoroastrian boundary construction

@article{Niechcia2020EssentialismIZ,
  title={Essentialism in Zoroastrian boundary construction},
  author={Paulina Niechciał},
  journal={Anthropology Southern Africa},
  year={2020},
  volume={43},
  pages={119 - 132}
}
The article explores tensions in contemporary Zoroastrianism, one of the world’s oldest practiced religions, over who a “real” Zoroastrian is, what, for Zoroastrians, constitutes the essence of Zoroastrianism and how constructed collective boundaries may or may not be crossed. Considering diverse perceptions amongst Zoroastrians, it demonstrates various forms of essentialism that are employed to mark boundaries around and between Zoroastrians. It also reflects how essentialist notions are used… Expand
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