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    Zoroastrians Anthropology Museum

    Kerman - Zoroastrians Anthropology Museum


    • Price: 1 $
    • Working Hours: 6am to 9pm
    • Plan Your Visit: about 2 hours

    Zoroastrians Museum Kerman located in Kerman city and is one the impotent museums of anthropology of Zoroastrian. The museum is also a considerable tourist attraction in city of Kerman.

    This museum started to be built in 1370 by attempts of “Behdonyan Farzaneh”, “Hormoz Osheydari” and “Mahindokht Siavoshian” and after about a decade and in 1380 the museum was complete. It was officially inaugurated in 1384 by Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization in Tirgan Celebration. This museum is comprised of different sections and each section deals with one of the customs of Zoroastrians.

    It is the first museum of its kind in the world and was officially inaugurated during Jashn-e Tirgan (Tirgan ceremonies) in 2005 by Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO). The museum showcases the ancient history of Zoroastrians, some historical Zoroastrian religious texts, Zoroastrian customs and religious ceremonies, different kinds of candle lights, fire braziers, and tallow burners.



    The oldest objects in this museum are one handwritten volume of Gathas with 200 years age, and one handmade 'Afringan' (fire brazier) with the date 1207 (1828) carved on it.
    The most valuable sections of this museum are the sections where photographs and documents are kept, from which the photographs of Rafsanjan and Kerman Zoroastrian Anjuman of the 'Naseri' era (during the reign of Nasereddin Shah) and photographs of famous personalities like Arbab Kaykhosrow Shahrokh, Mirza Borzu Ameghi, Keshvar Khanom and Poorandokht have special value.
    Varieties of braziers (atashdan), wick lanterns that would burn with oil comprised a section of the museum.

    Women's dresses of 50 to 150 years ago, with a history that goes back to the Achameanian and Sassanian eras, as per documents, tells us about the clothing of Zoroastrian women from a far away past upto now.
    Different parts of clothings with beautiful embroideries gives a special air to the museum.

    Notes & Recommendations:

    Every year, during Nowrooz holidays, a number of Kermani youth act as guides and from early morning upto late at night guide the Nowrooz visitors to the Zoroastrian museum and Fire Temple.  In the course of the year these young boys and girls participate in training classes with the purpose of giving uniform and coordinated information to the visitors of the museum during Nowrooz.


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    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.