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Tower of Silence

Zoroastrian excarnation structure / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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A dakhma (Persian: دخمه), also known as a Tower of Silence, is a circular, raised structure built by Zoroastrians for excarnation (that is, the exposure of human corpses to the elements for decomposition), in order to avert contamination of the soil and other natural elements by the dead bodies.[1][2][3] Carrion birds, usually vultures and other scavengers, consume the flesh. Skeletal remains are gathered into a central pit where further weathering and continued breakdown occurs.[1][2]

Interior view of dakhma
Early 20th century drawing of the dakhma on Malabar Hill, Bombay