Idea #486 – Discovering the Atechgah’s temple of Fire in en Azerbaijan
The zoroastrianism is a monotheist religion of former Iran. It is a reform of the mazdeism, intervened in thousand-year-old Ier before J.C. and pulls its name of his “prophet” or founder Zarathoustra, whose name was transcribed in Zoroastre by the Greeks. Zoroastre preached a visible dualism, which rested on the fight between the Good and evil, the Light and the Darkness. The zoroastrianism acted as official religion of the Persian Empire three times; in spite of the arrival of the Islam and the persecutions which resulted from it, he managed to remain in the Iranian cultural heritage, the Azeris, Afghan and of Central Asia.
The zoroastrians, so called guèbres, respect the fire as the divine symbol as purificatory strength and symbol of the truth. The Temples of the Fire consist generally of a building understanding several small rooms, of which the most sacred room which shelters the sacred fire. Various rites are celebrated and sung to it.
In the peninsula of Apsheron, near Baku, Atechgah remains a temple of the admirers of the fire in Azerbaijan. Based in the XIIIth century and reconstructed in the XVIIe-XVIIIe centuries, it is associated with an eternal and natural flame, Yanar Dag, which burns nearby, due to a release of the natural gas.
Wherie is it?
Yanar Dag, Bakou, Azerbaijan