Towers of Silence, Iran

Towers of Silence, Iran

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Caption: Structure used by Zoroastrians for exposure of the dead for scavenging birds. The Towers of Silence in Yazd were used until 40 years ago. Zoroastrians purified the dead body by exposing it to the elements.

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