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“When you’re taught that you’re a part of a diminishing community…

you feel like you’ve got a sense of responsibility to meet a Zoroastrian and to help those numbers grow,” says Ms Pourshasb, a 30-year-old HR advisor and member of the Australian Zoroastrian Association.

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“It kept the ethnic group alive for thousands of years, but in the process, it did compromise on the bigger picture, which is the faith itself.” Despite the Parsi population decrease, Mr Malegam says new temples around the world are welcoming new members into the fold.

He’s hopeful that online technologies and database-wrangling matchmakers will not only help Zoroastrians like himself to find love, they’ll bring new life to the faith.

“It has definitely been challenging because already in the Sydney community you’re faced with not a great number of bachelors to choose from, and the other thing is you grow up with them as though they’re as close to you as family …

so it’d feel weird to even see them as your partner.” According to the 2016 Census results there are fewer than 3,000 Zoroastrians currently living in Australia.

“I thought maybe they are not having enough avenues to know that there are other young Parsis available.” Unofficially, she now manages an international database of Zoroastrian bachelors and bachelorettes — an extensive list of names and numbers, careers and qualifications, ages and email addresses — that’s shared with singles who are looking for love.

It started as an idea for Indian Parsis, but word quickly spread and soon Zoroastrians living everywhere, from Austin to Auckland and Iran to Oman, began contacting Ms Havewala for her coveted list. Back in 2015, Sydney-born Auzita Pourshasb was one of the names on Ms Havewala’s list.

Zoroastrianism was the official religion of Persia, its birthplace, for more than a millennium, but today the community is a fraction of its former size, and that’s raising serious concerns about the future of the faith.

“About seven years ago, it struck me very badly [that] a lot of our youngsters are getting married outside the community,” Ms Havewala explains.

The 26-year-old says it’s his preference to marry a member of the faith, but it’s not a prerequisite. ‘We will eventually be extinct’ It’s estimated there are 200,000 Zoroastrians worldwide with the majority (around 60,000) residing in India.

“Zoroastrians came to India about 200 years after the advent of Islam in Persia [because] there was a lot of oppression and religious conversion,” Ms Havewala explains.

But before she met her current partner, she heard of Ms Havewala’s database and decided to get in touch.

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