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Calcutta, 19th century

Calcutta, 19th century

Zoroastrians offered their dead to vultures on the platform known as the dakhma. They believed that the vultures would help release the soul from the body.

Zoroastrians offered their dead to vultures on the platform known as the dakhma. They believed that the vultures would help release the soul from the body.

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…

Towers of Silence: Zoroastrian Architectures for the Ritual of Death

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…

Giorgio Morandi - Paesaggio,1942

Giorgio Morandi - Paesaggio,1942

Aden, 19th century

Aden, 19th century

Marseille, ca. 1900

Marseille, ca. 1900

Beit il Mtoni, ca. 1870

Beit il Mtoni, ca. 1870

Oxford - copper engraving after J. le Keux, 19th century

Oxford - copper engraving after J. le Keux, 19th century

Balliol College - copper engraving after J. le Keux 19th century

Balliol College - copper engraving after J. le Keux 19th century

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