Tower of Silence, about 15 km from Yazd (Iran). Until the advent of Islam, the Zoroastrian communities in Iran were following the practice of exposing the dead in these towers because they were stripped to the bone by the vultures before being buried, so as not to contaminate the earth. Even Persian emperors like Darius, Cyrus, Xerxes and Artaxerxes, as Zoroastrians, were stripped by vultures before being buried in their tombs.

Iran, Yazd, Zoroastrian “tower of silence” near to the town

Towers of Silence: Zoroastrian Architectures for the Ritual of...

Towers of Silence: Zoroastrian Architectures for the Ritual of Death

Towers of Silence: Zoroastrian Architectures for the Ritual of Death by Fosco Lucarelli

TOWERS OF SILENCE: ZOROASTRIAN ARCHITECTURES  A Dakhma (Persian: دخمه‎) also known as "Cheel Ghar" in Hindi and "Tower of Silence" in English, is a circular, raised structure used by Zoroastrians for exposure of the dead, particularly to scavenging birds.

Towers of Silence: Zoroastrian Architectures for the Ritual of Death

A Tower of Silence, or Dakhmeh, is a structure laying on the top of a hill, consisting of concentric slabs surrounding a central pit. The bodies were arranged onto four concentric rings: men, outermost, than women and children. Despite the fact the the birds of prey needed less than an hour to leave nothing but bones, the remains of the dead were left bleaching on the upper circles no less than a year before the nasellars could come and push the skeletons onto the underlying ossuary pit…

Towers of Silence: Zoroastrian Architectures for the Ritual of Death

The Tower of Silence in Mumbai, India. Bodies are left here and eaten by scavenging animals.

Tower_of_Silence-16...zoroastrian alternative to burial or cremation

Towers of Silence: Zoroastrian Architectures for the Ritual of Death

Tower of Silence. In Zoroastrianism the dead body is unclean. To avoid contact with the earth or with fire which are considered sacred , bodies are exposed to elements, especially scavenger birds.

Tower of Silence - ( Dakhmeye Zartoshtiyan ) - Yazd - Iran

Wind towers and Zoroastrian Tower of Silence, Yazd, Iran. tour to iran and visit Towers of silence

A Tower of Silence is a circular, raised structure used by Zoroastrians for exposure of the dead, particularly to scavenging birds for the purposes of excarnation.

A Tower of Silence is a circular, raised structure used by Zoroastrians for exposure of the dead, particularly to scavenging birds for the purposes of excarnation.

Tower of Silence - The 3,000 year old Sky Burial tradition of Zoroastrianism involved placing corpses in the upper levels of a circular structure, to be eaten by vultures, then throwing the sun-bleached bones into the sea. They believed Ahriman, a demon, would possess corpses and make them unclean, so it was against their beliefs to bury bodies that would poison the earth or to cremate bodies which would corrupt the sacred fire.

Tower of Silence Zoroastrians believe the body is impure and do not believe in cremation or burial. The bodies are placed on the tower for the animals and element to take their course.was this practice brought to N America?

A Tower of Silence, or Dakhmeh, is a structure laying on the top of a hill, consisting of concentric slabs surrounding a central pit. The bodies were arranged onto four concentric rings: men, outermost, than women and children. Despite the fact the the birds of prey needed less than an hour to leave nothing but bones, the remains of the dead were left bleaching on the upper circles no less than a year before the nasellars could come and push the skeletons onto the underlying ossuary pit.

Towers of Silence: Zoroastrian Architectures for the Ritual of Death

Towers of Silence Illustration. These buildings are used for sky burials where vultures come and consume the human body.

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Tower of Silence [LP] - Vinyl

Tower_of_Silence: this link takes you to an in depth article about Zoroastrianism and their macabre (non) burial practices.

Towers of Silence: Zoroastrian Architectures for the Ritual of Death

Use in the free cities as a form of punishment. Zoroastrian tower of silence.

Zoroastrian Towers of Silence

Zoroastrian Towers of Silence

Discover Zoroastrian Towers of Silence in Yazd, Iran: Putrefaction plateaus in Iran, where the dead were sent for decontamination before going to their final resting place.

Zoroastrian Towers of Silence | Atlas Obscura

Zoroastrian Towers of Silence

Discover Zoroastrian Towers of Silence in Yazd, Iran: Putrefaction plateaus in Iran, where the dead were sent for decontamination before going to their final resting place.

Zoroastrian Towers of Silence | Atlas Obscura

Zoroastrian Towers of Silence

Discover Zoroastrian Towers of Silence in Yazd, Iran: Putrefaction plateaus in Iran, where the dead were sent for decontamination before going to their final resting place.

Tower of Silence. One of the most unusual towers built in history is the Tower of Silence. It is a circular tower with central well, having     a high outer wall, and inner platform on which the Parsees (Zoroastrians) expose the bodies of their dead to be     eaten by vultures, so that the body may be dissipated without polluting the earth; also called dakhma, dokhma.

A engraving of a Zoroastrian Tower of Silence in Mumbai. A Tower of Silence is a circular, raised structure used by Zoroastrians for exposure of the dead, particularly to scavenging birds for the purposes of excarnation.

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