1. Kurdish Zoroastrians celebrate annual ceremony in Mede King's Tomb

    The Zoroastrian community of Kurdistan celebrated an annual ceremony termed Fire Promise on Saturday. Followers of the ancient faith climbed to Qaziqapan Tomb-Cave on a mountain near Chami Rezan resort outside Sulaimani.

    They were dressed in traditional Kurdish costumes and carrying torches.
    Fire is a major symbol of the Zoroastrian faith and it features in almost all their ceremonies.

    Kurds were largely Zoroastrians before adopting Islam.
    Leaders of the community say their congregation is expanding on a regular basis as more Muslims, mainly the youth, leave Islam and rediscover their ancestral religion.

    Qaziqapan is the burial place of the Mede King Cyaxares. Cyaxares was the most capable of the Mede Kings and was the ruler who overthrew the Assyrian Empire. The Medes are among the Kurds' ancestors.


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    Kurdish Zoroastrians celebrate annual ceremony in Mede King's Tomb
    Author: Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn
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