September 20, 2019 09:00
News ID: 7512

(Persia Digest) – Makhounik village in South Khorasan Province, southeastern Iran, has come to be known as the Lilliput of Iran for its architecture, customs, and special culture. It is one of the world’s seven wonder villages.

In the past, there was no thoroughfare to this village. A path has been opened through the mountains in recent years to build a road leading to this amazing village.

The prominent feature of Makhounik is its antique fabric demonstrating small, back-to-back modest adobe huts with no windows, yards, or balconies.

Makhounik – The amazing Lilliput of Iran

These tiny huts are single rooms measuring 10 to 12 square meters. They have been constructed with rocks and mud and covered with thatched roofs. The majority have no openings to the outside world except for a low entrance door. The floor of the rooms is a meter below the surface level and one must bend down to make it into the hut.

The villagers were barely over 140cms tall in days gone by. Today, however, their height reaches ordinary levels.

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Up until half a century ago, the inhabitants of Makhounik never drank tea, hunt, or eat meat. To this day, there are no smokers in the village and they consider all these activities as sinful.

A TV was considered and called the Satan until a few years ago. Parents never allowed their children to be bewitched by watching TV.

Historic documents for this region show that Makhounik village is over 300 years old.

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