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WHAT IS ZOROASTRIANISM?

By Neil Payne

Zoroastrianism is one the oldest religions in the world. It is definitely one of the first monotheist religions. It was founded by Zoroaster and it believes in one God, Ahura Mazda. There are very few Zoroastrians in the world today but it still holds an important place. A large part of their population is divided between Iran and India. The Zoroastrians living in India are called Parsis.

This & That

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The Spanish Riding School: Ballet on Horseback

You enter through a simple doorway. You proceed through a hall, until - suddenly - you feel you have stepped onto a stage, or onto a broad plain after passing through a narrow gorge. You have a sense of space and depth and, above all, of clean, bright whiteness.

Vienna Sights

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The Fiaker: A Taxi With Tradition

No matter how heavy the traffic in modern Vienna, there always is room for the horsedrawn cab known as the Fiaker. The German word " Fiaker’ refer to both the two-horse cab itself and to the cabby, who is generally dressed in pepita-check trousers, a velvet jacket and derby hat.

History

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HEIMITO VON DODERER

Heimito von Doderer seems to personify the classic image of the writer. He never earned his living through a "prosaic" profession but struggled for many unsuccessful and difficult years in his chosen vocation before finally, and somewhat late in the day, achieving a breakthrough with his epic novel Die Strudlhofstiege ("The Strudlhof Steps").

Famous Austrians

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STYRIAN GREEN GOLD

Christopher Columbus first brought the pumpkin to Europe, Styrian people cultivated the unique special variety of seeds without shells during the next 300 years. Pumpkin seed oil is a true member of the community of spirit and tradition. It is an example of something that started out small and, throughout the centuries, has expanded into a widespread commodity. In Austria, pumpkin seed oil is as treasured as truffles in France or olives in Italy.

Food & Drink

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Thomas Bernhard (1931–1989)

Thomas Bernhard was born in Heerlen, Netherlands Herta Fabjan (1904-1950) and the carpenter Alois Zuckerstätter (1905-1940). He spent a considerable time of his early childhood at his maternal parents' in Vienna and Seekirchen, Salzburg (state). Later, after his mother's marriage (1936), Bernhard lived in Traunstein, Bavaria.

Famous Austrians

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Evangelishes Gymnasium

For those of you choosing to fully integrate your families in the Austrian life and educate your children in German, or for the VIC Austrian, Swiss or German families, please, allow me to introduce you to a fine school (Gymnasium) in the Embassy quarter of the 4th District.  It is a private Austrian School that provides an excellent co-ed education taught in the German language within a five day school week. It is an Episcopal School with a large Catholic attendance and provides religious studies in both these disciplines, however any and all children are welcome at the school and the mix of students is international.

Family Life

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ZOOM CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

... and all senses come into play

“Hands on, minds on, hearts on!” At ZOOM Children’s Museum, children are welcome to ask questions, to touch and to feel, to examine and to play to their hearts’ desire. At ZOOM, children explore the world with all their senses ? on their own or in small teams.

Family Life

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HEDY LAMARR

"Any girl can be glamorous," Hedy Lamarr once said. "All she has to do is stand still and look stupid." The film star belied her own apothegm by hiding a brilliant, inventive mind beneath her photogenic exterior. In 1942, at the height of her Hollywood career, she patented a frequency-switching system for torpedo guidance that was two decades ahead of its time.

Famous Austrians

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