Good thoughts, good words, good deeds

I feel so lucky that I was picked to photograph this very special event.

The Navjote ceremony is the ritual through which an individual is inducted into the Zoroastrian religion.

At the age of seven, Zoroastrians are given a sudreh (shirt) and kusti (cord) as part of an initiation ceremony. These garments are considered sacred. They tie the kusti around the sudreh three times to remind themselves of ‘Good Words, Good Thoughts, and Good Deeds’.

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Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions. For 1000 years Zoroastrianism was one of the most powerful religions in the world. It was the official religion of Persia(Iran) from 600 BCE to 650 CE.

It is now one of the world’s smallest religions. In 2006 the New York Times reported that there were probably less than 190,000 followers worldwide.

  • Zoroastrians are roughly split into two groups:
    • The Iranians
    • The Parsis

In the 10th century a group of Iranians fled Iran as refugees in search of somewhere to practise their religion freely.

They finally ended up on the shores of Gujarat and were granted leave to stay there, thus founding the Indian Parsi community (Parsi being Gujarati for Persian).

Zoroastrianism is a home and community oriented religion. There is no tradition of monasticism or celibacy. Zoroaster himself was a family man and most worship happens in the family home.

Zoroastrianism is also about action. Zoroastrians work towards improving the local community and society in general. They tend to give generously to charities and are often behind educational and social initiatives. The Parsi community in India is particularly known for its industrious contributions to Indian society.

source:BBC

In the kitchen with Jane | Portrait Photography Montreal

I had a super fun time taking pictures of Jane as she was cooking up a storm in the kitchen. She loves experimenting with foods, trying new things and feeding everyone who comes her way.

Here are some pictures from our photoshoot. Enjoy!

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Already planning what to cook next.

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marie-eve + lightseed

Marie-Ève Bonneau is a dancer, yoga teacher, and performing artist from Montréal, currently living in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. Her style is infused with grace, creative movement, and possibility. Expect to be guided on a journey that will re-connect you with your essence and re-ignite your passion for both inner and outer-exploration.

kat + in motion

Ah, the long exposure. Where were you all my life!?

Here is the good combination of fearless photographer, model and lots of annoyed drivers on the 17th ave SW in Calgary, AB, Canada.