Parsees

Parsees (i.e. inhabitants of Pars or Persia), a name given to the disciples of Zoroaster or their descendants in Persia and India, and sometimes called Guebres; in India they number some 90,000, are to be found chiefly in the Bombay Presidency, form a wealthy community, and are engaged mostly in commerce; in religion they incline to deism, and pay homage to the sun as the symbol of the deity; they neither bury their dead nor burn them, but expose them apart in the open air, where they are left till the flesh is eaten away and only the bones remain, to be removed afterwards for consignment to a subterranean cavern.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Parry, Sir William Edward * Parsifal
Parnassus
Parnell, Charles Stuart
Parnell, Thomas
Paros
Parr, Catherine
Parr, Samuel
Parr, Thomas
Parramatta
Parrhasius
Parry, Sir William Edward
Parsees
Parsifal
Parson Adams
Parsons, Robert
Parthenogenesis
Parthenon
Parthenope
Parthia
Partick
Partington, Mrs.
Pascal, Blaise

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Parsees in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable