Contest for Youth
Essay, Short Story & Drawing
This annual contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world's youth in thinking, learning, developing, and promoting, Zarathushtra's message as sung in the Gathas with an understanding of its modern usage in daily interactions and world issues. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about each of us can make a difference in our community and the world.
“A Clawed and Feathered Spell”
By: Catherine Linka
Good thoughts. Good words. Good deeds.
Paridun knows what the Wise Lord expects of him, but on the night of the feast of Mehregân, Paridun’s bad choices hurt and anger everyone in his village. This is Paridun’s story in search of Asha and fulfilling his duty to his community.
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For readers 8 years and older
On the eve of the feast of Mehregân, a vision appeared to the high priest: a cloud of yellow dust boiled at the mouth of their desert valley and as the cloud neared the village, a charging army was visible within. The soldiers carried spears and swords, and rode not on horses, but on the backs of wolves.
Before the army reached the village’s mud walls, a boy ran out to block its way. A moment later, he was engulfed, and disappeared into the thundering cloud. The soldiers were cloaked from view, but howls and shrieks told of a great battle.
Then the cloud lifted, leaving nothing but the boy lying on the sand, a pair of torn and tattered wings nearly ripped from his bloodied shoulders.
The high priest sighed when the vision cleared; he was troubled for he recognized the boy. He was far too young, twelve years at most, to carry the weight of a hundred lives on his back, and the priest could not change his destiny, but perhaps he could make him ready.