Zoroastrian Dakhma of Turkabad in Ardakan, Yazd, Iran

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عنوان مقاله [English]

Zoroastrian Dakhma of Turkabad in Ardakan, Yazd, Iran

نویسنده [English]

  • Mehdi Rahbar
چکیده [English]

A dakhma, also known as Tower of Silence is a place where Zoroastrian people used to put the dead bodies of their loved ones. A similar structure from the Sasanian period was discovered in Bandian Dargaz, along with excavations conducted at Gelālak of Shushtar, Saleh Davood of Shush, and Shoghab of Bushehr, as well as other researches and excavations across various regions of Iran. It provides evidence that Zoroastrians practiced a burial ritual involving the removal of flesh from the body of the deceased and subsequent collection of bones, which were then placed in a container known as an ossuary. This intriguing method served as a motivation for the author to undertake more extensive studies on Zoroastrian burial rituals. This article focuses on the archaeological excavations conducted in the Torkabad’s Dakhma of Ardakan, Yazd, shedding light on this particular aspect.

کلیدواژه‌ها [English]

  • Zoroastrian
  • Torkabad’s Dakhma
  • Ardakan
  • Yazd

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