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A raised circular structure used in Zoroastrian funerary practice as a site on which corpses are exposed to be eaten by vultures. Also called tower of silence.

[Persian daxma, from Middle Persian daxmag, from Avestan daxma-.]
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An issue compounded on the Indian subcontinent as they have also been used to dispose of human remains as part of the centuries-old tradition of Dakhma, the funeral process of the Zoroastrian community known as the Parsis.
En perspectives, le cimentier annonce son avancement dans les projets de centre de broyage de Kamsar en Guinee-Conakry et Dakhma ainsi que le lancement de la joint-venture Maestro Drymix avec le groupe Puma.
The tower, or dakhma in Persian, is identified by Alazraki, clearly noting its Persian origins and the importance of it among the Parsee community of India:
The tower where the student takes shelter is a dakhma or Tower of Silence, and in those dakhmas Zoroastrians in Persia and India dispose of their dead.
Daniels founded the Satanic group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu.
The Victoria Tower would make a perfect dakhma and Kirklees could earn revenue from renting it out for this purpose.
Above all, if this is a success, another dakhma could be built incorporating the Thandi brothers' pub and restaurant.
A Tower of Silence of the Sasanian Period at Bandiyan: Some Observations about Dakhmas in Zoroastrian Religion.
Parsi charity had aided the settlement of Parsis across western India, providing the essential material and moral supports of community life, including the building of community housing colonies, fire-temples, and dakhmas, or Towers of Silence (ossuaries).
The dakhmas of Mumbai attracted the once ubiquitous white-rumped or Indian white-backed vulture (Gyps bengalensis).
The city continues to trek through the 19th Century in rhapsodic watercolors and photos, from temples to mosques to churches and Dakhmas.