Tag: Yazd

A Gateway to the Afterlife – Zoroastrian style

Dakhmeh Featured Yazd Ali Torkzadeh Com

For 2,500 years Zoroastrians  left their dead outside to be consumed by carrion birds. The idea was to avoid contaminating the soil and the fire, both of which are considered sacred. The place they ceremonially laid out the bodies is called dakhmeh, consisting of a perfectly symmetrical flat-topped stone tower, where the bodies were laid..

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Persian Hospitality vs. Iranian Hotel Fiascos

Nartitee Ecolodge, Taft, Yazd Province, Iran

Iranians mostly stink at running hotels. The maddening inefficiencies and amateurish missteps found even in 5-star outfits are tragic (and often comical) examples of an ancient culture struggling with something essentially foreign. But receiving guests at home and connecting with strangers eye-to-eye, well, that’s as Iranian as it gets. Persian hospitality at home is a..

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