He said he knows of middle-aged, intermarried Zoroastrians who still feel guilty that their kids aren’t connected to their religious heritage.
C., is included in a category of “other world religions” in Pew Research Center reports, which also includes Sikhs, Baha’is, Taoists, Jains, Rastafarians, Confucians, and Druze. The World Religion Database estimates there are 200,000 Zoroastrians worldwide, according to Pew; the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America, or FEZANA, suggests that figure is too high.
The lot, according to two 2015 surveys, account for just 0.3 percent of U. According to a study done by the organization’s journal in 2013, the world Zoroastrian population dropped from 124,953 in 2004 to 111,691 in 2012—a 10.6 percent decline.
Patel said he has heard about a mobile dating app under development in India intended for Zoroastrians; he has seen no equivalent in the United States.
It is, he said, “a pretty big failing.” There doesn’t seem to be much youth programming in the community, although an organization called Zoroastrian Return to Roots has taken about 45 Zoroastrians, aged 22 to 35, on 15-day trips to India.
“It’s not done with the zeal or the focus of an actual dating service.”Some young Zoroastrians may want to date within the religion and find the prospect daunting.
But for others, intermarriage doesn’t seem so menacing.
Tracking demographics of the group in North America and worldwide isn’t easy.
The religion, which adherents often refer to as the world’s first monotheistic tradition and which dates back to the 6th century B.
Since she was profiled by the New York Times in 2009, “the situation has become worse,” she said, relying on the study by the FEZANA journal, where she used to be an editor; the rate of intermarriages, she estimates, has risen from 40 percent to 60 percent.
Otherwise, it can be tough to find a Zoroastrian to be with.
Cyrus Guzdar, 35, grew up Zoroastrian in Columbia, Maryland, and is currently dating a 30-year-old woman, Claire Markham, who grew up Catholic.