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

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…

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

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.

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The Towers of Silence in Iran

The Zoroastrian Towers of Silence used to be burial sites, where the bodies were left laying in circles to be devoured by vultures, sun, wind and rain.

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Tower Of Silence, Wahweap Hoodoos Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Big Water, Utah; photo by James Marvin Phelps on 500px

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