Zoroastrian Towers of Silence in Yazd

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Carole Raddato
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published on 02 November 2021

The Towers of Silence were used in Zoroastrianism. In the Zoroastrian tradition, corpses were left out exposed to the elements on structures commonly called Towers of Silence to prevent them from being contaminated by demons. Once the body had been picked clean by various scavengers, the bones were interred.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2021, November 02). Zoroastrian Towers of Silence in Yazd. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/14781/zoroastrian-towers-of-silence-in-yazd/

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Raddato, Carole. "Zoroastrian Towers of Silence in Yazd." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified November 02, 2021. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/14781/zoroastrian-towers-of-silence-in-yazd/.

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Raddato, Carole. "Zoroastrian Towers of Silence in Yazd." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 02 Nov 2021. Web. 07 Oct 2022.

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