of Yazd Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department,
Mohammad-Reza Hosseini said that the Zoroastrians mass
graveyard in Yazd province was recently registered as a
According to a report released by the provincial
department, this graveyard is one of the most ancient of
its kind ever known.
"The mass graveyard, in which the Zoroastrians laid
the bodies of their lost ones in old days, was endowed to
the cause. Therefore, it was taken by Zoroaster's
disciples as a sacred site.
"Up to a half century ago, according to the
Zoroastrian rituals, dead bodies were laid at the site in
order to be eaten by vultures.
"The bones left over from the corpses after being
torn apart by vultures were then laid in a well situated
in the middle of the mass graveyard," he added.
He noted that afterwards, the interior of the mass
graveyard was cleaned and disinfected in a ceremony to be
reused. Other mass graveyards in Yazd province include
Cham graveyard in Taft, Firouzabad graveyard in Sadough
and Ardakan graveyard.
"Unlike other provincial mass graveyards, this one is
quite small and its entrance is located to the west
instead of the east as is common, because of the limited
The Prophet Zarathushtra was born in the East of Iranian
world, possibly in Balkh in 3,800 years ago. According to
holy scriptures, at the age of 30, he was chosen as
prophet by God (Ahuramazda) to invite the people to
righteousness and the path of truth. His three principle
divines are "Good Thoughts", "Good
Words" and "Good Deeds". He was martyred by
Turbratour at the age of 77, as he was praying along with
a number of his disciples at Balkh Fire Temple.
His burial place is said to be at the modern Afghan city
of Mazar-i Sharif (the burial of the noble-one). About
5,000 individuals out of the remaining 30,000 Zoroastrians
residing in Iran live in the provincial cities of Yazd,
Taft and Ardakan.