(Persia Digest) – A unique, discreet graveyard in eastern Iran has never seen the light of day or felt the heat of sunshine.
“Haftad Molla” graveyard in Sistan & Baluchistan Province in eastern Iran is located in Mir Javeh County, Tamin Village. Belonging to the Islamic era, it dates back to 800 years ago and is a Mir Javeh tourist attraction.
“Haftad Molla” is in the heart of a low mountain made of sandstone, at the foothills of Taftan Mountain. The ancient inhabitants of this area have dug a catacomb style cavity to bury their dead. The tombs are styled according to the architecture of Cyrus the Great mausoleum.
The graveyard measures 500 square meters and all the toms are in the shade. This has kept them intact from wind and rain. About a century ago, two large columns stood outside this cavity; but, these have been destroyed now.
The graves are rectangular. The sides were raised with raw clay bricks and bodies were placed inside. Every grave has eight holes to let the air circulate inside. The clay earth gives the walls of the cemetery a red color; this has been used by the relatives of the dead to create designs over the flat surfaces.
Two stores go round among the locals about this place. One is that Zoroastrian magi took refuge here after the advent of Islam in Iran, to live, die, and be buried in the mountain. The second story is that people buried their loved ones in a high place to protect them from the flooding river that used to cross this area.
Photos: Ahmad Balbasi/Vahe Markazi Khabar