A Dakhma (Persian: دخمه) also known as "Cheel Ghar" in Hindi and "Tower of Silence" in English, is a circular, raised structure used by Zoroastrians for exposure of the dead, particularly to scavenging birds.
1906 halftone print of the Towers of Silence located in Bombay, India. These towers are used in the Zoroastrian tradition of disposing of the dead. Rather that burying the deceased, the Zoroastrian religion dictates that bodies must be placed atop the roof of these type of buildings, exposed to sun and birds of prey to decompose. Hence, the group of Vultures perching around the tower's perimeter.
Tower of Silence in Aden | Part of an abandoned Zoroastrian/Parsee 'Tower of Silence' complex in Aden - established when it was under British rule when a large number of Zoroastrian followers from British India were here with the British garrison and administration. The Tower of Silence is where the bodies of the dead would be left to be consumed by scavenging birds, as they believe that burial or cremation of the dead that is possessed by the unclean will pollut...
In exclusive Malabar Hill, the city’s dwindling Parsi community continues with the Zoroastrian tradition of disposing of dead bodies by exposing them to scavenger birds. How much longer can this tradition survive?