The religious beliefs and rituals seen in Gonur, bear striking resemblance to later Zoroastrian and Indo-Aryan practices such as fire worship, exposure of the dead, and preparation of special ritual drinks of the Soma/Haoma type. Elements highly indicative of proto-Zoroastrian in Gonur and other BMCA sites like Togolok, are the existence of fire-temples, the preparation of ritual drinks and the communal feasts held here, where ritual meals were prepared in special two-chambered ovens designed to separate the sacrificial meat from the sacred fire that cooked it. Such reluctance to allow the fire’s purity from being contaminated by the impure flesh, is another indication of Zoroastrianism.


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