"Towers of Silence" Yazd Things to Do Tip by Sambawalk
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Towers of Silence are circular raised structures used by Zoroastrians for exposure of the dead. The towers, which are fairly uniform in their construction, have an almost flat roof, with the perimeter being slightly higher than the center.
Zoroastrian tradition considers a dead body?in addition to cut hair and nail-parings?to be nasu, unclean, i.e. potential pollutants. Specifically, the corpse demon was believed to rush into the body and contaminate everything it came into contact with, hence the Vendidad has rules for disposing of the dead as "safely" as possible.
To preclude the pollution of earth or fire, the bodies of the dead are placed atop a tower?a tower of silence?and so exposed to the sun and to birds of prey. Thus, "putrefaction with all its concomitant evils" "is most effectually prevented."
In the Iranian Zoroastrian tradition, the towers were built atop hills or low mountains in desert locations distant from population centers. In the early twentieth century, the Iranian Zoroastrians gradually discontinued their use and began to favor burial or cremation.
It is located 7km from the city centre. The best way is to charter a taxi and asked the taxi to come back 1 hour later. One way taxi IR20,000 (May 2008).