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Zoroastrian Tower of Silence.The enclosure on the mountain top is one of many throghout Iran where followers of Zoroastrianism (the pre-Islamic religion of Persia) exposed their dead to the elements instead of burying them. They believed that burying the dead corrupted the earth.

Zoroastrian Tower of Silence. 

The enclosure on the mountain top is one of many throghout Iran where followers of Zoroastrianism (the pre-Islamic religion of Persia) exposed their dead to the elements instead of burying them. They believed that burying the dead corrupted the earth.