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Zoroastrianism is one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the World. It was founded by prophet Zoroaster someday between 18th and 6th century BC, and was the official religion of the persian empire (until its fall to the arab invasion in 7th century and consequent conversion to islam).
Those interested in basic concepts of this religion should browse the Internet, this note in Wikipedia is a good beginning.
In Iran there still persists about 50 thousands of believers, another 100 thousands live in India.
Few words are needed about the building on the picture though. This is tower of silence, the place where Zoroasters buried their dead.
"Zoroastrians consider the dead body to be unclean, and their religion prohibits allowing corpses to pollute the pure elements of earth and fire. Corpses are therefore placed atop the Towers of Silence for their flesh to be consumed by vultures. Once the bones have been bleached by the sun and wind, they are thrown into the ossuary pit at the center of the tower." (by Wikipedia).
This is not practiced in Iran since about 40 years though, nowadays they use cementaries similar to those from european tradition, with difference that the ground is secured with layer of concrete from being contaminated.
Zoroasters in India (called there as Parsis) still practice the burial in towers of silence, and this is the source of endless disputes between believers from those two countries.

Below the tower we can see the graphic representation of Faravahar, depiction of the human soul before birth and after death.

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