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In pictures: Zoroastrians in Iran
The old tower

One of the most ancient - and unusual - elements of the Zoroastrian faith is their treatment of the dead.

Traditionally, Zoroastrians did not bury their dead in the conventional sense but left the bodies exposed to the elements - and vultures - in pits in open-topped towers.

The old tower in Kerman dates back many hundreds of years and the bones of the dead can still be seen in the pit.

These days, the community bury their dead underground in a nearby cemetery.

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