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noun (plural kustis)
A cord worn round the waist by Parsees, consisting of seventy-two threads to represent the chapters of one of the portions of the Zend-Avesta.
- The day is divided into four parts, all requiring ritual observances in which a special belt, or kusti, worn by the pious plays an important part.
- Every Parsee Zoroastrian wears a Sudreh, the sacred garment and a belt-like kusti.
- The untying and retying of the kusti, accompanied by the kusti prayers, is always done facing the direction of a source of light: the sun, moon, or a lamp.
Mid 19th century: Persian and Gujarati.
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