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Russian Archaeologist: Zoroastrianism Originated from Margiana

 

11 June 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Russian archaeologist Victor Sarianidi believes that Margiana (Merv), a province in south of what is today known as Turkmenistan, was the cradle of Zoroastrianism, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Saturday.

 

According to Sarianidi, his archaeological team has recently discovered some Zoroastrians’ Fire temples in the region. 

 

Each has two fire temples -- one was presumably used for religious ceremonies and one for rituals, he added.

 

The temples date back to some 3,000 years BCE, estimated the archaeologist.

 

Sarianidi had already named the legendary land of Margush as the origin of Zoroastrianism.

 

Margush is located in Murghab region, ancient Margiana.




 

 

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