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Khaled Nabi ( Prophet Khaled ) Cemetery
03-MAY-2010 Ali Majdfar

Khaled Nabi ( Prophet Khaled ) Cemetery

Turkman sahra - Golestan Province

On the top of mount Gogjeh Dagh in Torkman Sahra, Golestan Province, Iran, there are three tombs which is believed to belong to prophet Khaled (Khaled Nabi) on the highest mount in the region, 700m above sea level, along with his father in law (Aalam Baba) and his shepherd (Choopan Baba) on lower adjacent hills.
Close to the tombs, there is an ancient Mysterious Cemetery with about 500 strange and unusual gravestones, with shapes of human genital organs, representing buried person's gender. There is no comprehensive study about the origin, date or religion of the people buried there; some believe they belong to people with phallicism ideas, migrated from India or central Asia, as there is no evidence for such believes among local people through history.
There are three main shapes for the gravestones:
- Male genital organ shapes, some with height up to 5m, resembling buried males
- Female breast shape or genital organ shape with height up to 2m, resembling buried females
- Cylinders with Ram head, as sign of fertility, power, sovereignty and respect.

Whatever these stones are and resemble, they are mystic, beautiful and part of human heritage.

For seeing more photos about this interesting place, please visit:
http://www.pbase.com/k_amj/khaled_cemetery


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Margot W13-May-2010 14:25
They area an interesting find Ali. At first I thought how nice that they weren't confined to a fenced area. I'll be interested in your future postings.
V
Randy Adams13-May-2010 11:27
Incredible place and shots Ali...thanks much for the information! V
Yvonne13-May-2010 07:34
What a beautiful setting for these gravestones! v
Monique Becker et Jean Luc Bocquillon13-May-2010 06:37
very interesting
jean luc bocquillon
Gérard Koehl13-May-2010 06:25
Superbe... V
TuTmin13-May-2010 06:18
Nice image. well done Ali.
v~
heather13-May-2010 06:16
Fascinating place Ali, and a nice shot. V
Paco López13-May-2010 05:24
Great image! V!
Bryan Murahashi13-May-2010 02:44
Fascinating scene and history. V
Larry Peterson13-May-2010 00:36
Beautiful image, and interesting history. Very well done. Ali. V
Jim Coffman12-May-2010 23:20
Great capture! V
Marcia Colelli12-May-2010 23:00
Very nice composition and capture of this historic scene V
Stephanie12-May-2010 22:37
I certainly will look forward to seeing this new gallery Ali! V
laine12-May-2010 21:21
The mystery will remain....
Martin Lamoon12-May-2010 20:23
A great photo, I do enjoy the information you provide, a great country with a real history.
Blandine Mangin12-May-2010 20:11
very beautiful compo ! v
Patricia Kay12-May-2010 20:08
Great shot Ali and thank you for the history of it...BV
Helen Betts12-May-2010 20:00
Beautifully captured and very interesting place and story. Look forward to more! V.
Colin Storey12-May-2010 19:40
Fantastic shot of these historic Grave stones. v
Santi Bravo Figueras12-May-2010 19:05
A great composition. Well done.
Liz Bickel12-May-2010 18:45
Super composition. This image really is intriguing. After reading the story about the place, I look forward to seeing your new gallery.
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