Funerary Beliefs, Practices & Tombs in Ancient Persia


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Which of the following is NOT an era associated with Persian funerary practice?

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1. What was the part of the person that departed to the underworld called?

2. After death, Pre-Zoroastrian Persians sacrificed animals and offered gifts on behalf of the deceased for three days. Why was this practiced?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out how much you know about funerary practices in ancient Persia. Answer questions on key points such as eras that are associated with Persian funerary practices and the part of a person that went to the underworld.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These topics will be addressed:

  • The purpose of the animal sacrifice by Pre-Zoroastrian Persians
  • Bones of the dead
  • Penalty for cremation under Zoroastrian burial practices

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on funerary practices in ancient Persia
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how the bones of the dead were dealt with by Zoroastrians
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about cremation and a part of a person that was thought to go to the underworld

Additional Learning

Learn more with the accompanying lesson called Funerary Beliefs, Practices & Tombs in Ancient Persia. You'll be going over these areas of study:

  • Beliefs, religions and cultures in ancient Persia
  • Two periods of funerary practices
  • Zoroastrian culture
  • Influence of Babylonians, Assyrians and Sumerians on Persian culture
  • Offerings and All Souls
  • Graves