Image: The funeral ceremony of the Guebres

The funeral ceremony of the Guebres

'The funeral ceremony of the Guebres', from Dr William Hurd, [1788] A new universal history of the religious rites, ceremonies and customs of the whole world. Printed for Alexander Hogg, London

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Zoroastrians are from pre-Islamic Iran and are followers of the prophet Zarathushtra (known to the Greeks as Zoroaster), who lived and preached around 3500 years ago. Zoroastrianism was the official religion of Iran for over 1000 years, until the arrival of Islam in the 7th century. In the 10th century, some Zoroastrians settled in India, becoming known as the Parsis ('Persians').

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