December 28, 2004
The mostly phallic and a few ram-horn shaped stones
are ancient tombstones in a graveyard near Khaled Nabi
Shrine, in Golestan province of Iran (Turkmen Sahra).
The Turkmans pilgrim to Khaled Nabi Shrine, located on the
summit of Gukchedaqh mountain. The shrine is the burial place of
Khaled Nabi, a religious figure much revered by the Turkmans.
[FF, who took this picture during a recent
trip to Iran, wrote: The graveyard is in the northeast of Iran,
not far from Mashhad,
as you can
on mountain tops. Some gravestones measured up to 3 meters.
tombstones where for men and the shorter wider ones for the women,
but that is pure speculation. I know nothing of the history and
neither did the locals. I have done some research but haven't
been able to find anything. Many graves were dug up,
bones scattered. Based on what locals said, there are fewer and
fewer gravestones every year.]
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