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After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam$
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Joe Cribb and Georgina Herrmann

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263846

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263846.001.0001

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A Tower of Silence of the Sasanian Period at Bandiyan: Some observations about Dakhmas in Zoroastrian Religion

A Tower of Silence of the Sasanian Period at Bandiyan: Some observations about Dakhmas in Zoroastrian Religion

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After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam
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MEHDI RAHBAR

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263846.003.0023

This chapter discusses some observations about dakhmas in Zoroastrianism during the Sasanian period in Bandiyan based on 1994 archaeological excavations. On the basis of the evidence gathered, it can be concluded that every religion, including Zoroastrianism, has undergone changes due to social and political pressures. The chapter argues that the unusual and unexpected range of buildings discovered at Bandiyan are of exceptional importance and have opened a new chapter in the religious architecture of the Sasanian period.

Keywords:   dakhmas, Zoroastrianism, Sasanian period, Bandiyan, social pressures, political pressures, religion, religious architecture

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