Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tower of Silence

January 19, 2003 --
Indian officials ventured into a deep jungle, investigating several missing persons reports from a nearby city. What they found was a "Tower of Silence," or dakhma. Zoroastrians use these sites to dispose of bodies in the open air.

While sites like these are not uncommon in certain parts of india, several peculiarities hint at something more unusual...

  1. None of the bodies depicted in the photograph were identified. Villagers from nearby, though initially surprised at the sheer number of corpses in the dakhma, proved unable to recognize the bodies. The corpses also do not match the descriptions of the missing people.
  2. There were no animals around except for maggots and flies. Zoroastrians rely on birds (i.e. buzzards) to dispose of the bodies, in the belief they are contributing back to the Earth. Officials found the corpses relatively untouched by any sort of animal.
  3. There is no official count of the bodies. In fact, little work was actually accomplished at the site and, perhaps, this is why only one photograph has emerged. Officials avoided the spot - not only because they felt uneasy looking at it, but for the following, as well:
  4. The deep pit in the center of the photograph was filled with several feet of festering blood - far more than the bodies on the outside could ever supply. The stench was so unbearable that many of the officials began to get nauseous when they first approached the dakhma.
  5. The expedition was ended when a villager accidentally kicked a small bone into the pit, penetrating the coagulated surface of the pool. A massive burst of gas from the decomposing blood erupted from the pit, splashing those looking into it, along with the photographer.

Those caught in the explosion were immediately sent to the hospital, where they were quarrantined for possible infection. They became delirious with fever, shouting about "being tainted with the blood of Ahriman" (the personification of evil in Zoroastrianism), despite never having admitted having any familiarity with the religion.

In fact, many of them had no idea what the dakhma was when they had found it. Delirium turned to insanity as many began to attack hospital staff until they were sedated. The fever eventually killed all of them.

When officials returned with HAZMAT gear the following day, the site was empty. All the bodies had been removed and, astonishingly, the pool of blood inthe pit had been drained. All that remained of the incident was this photograph.

90 comments:

  1. The ending gave me chills. If this is a true story it's amazing man, awesome stuff.

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  2. Thats not true. the image has been photoshopped (i researched it because i was weirdly drawn to the creepiness of this) if such a place did exist, it would have been amazing and freaky at the same time, but unfortunately it doesn't . great story though! heres the real image : http://www.si-la-gi.com/home/wp-content/uploads/Towers-of-silence-india-C-print-1999-si-la-gi-dot-com-wtmk.jpg

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    1. The Real picture is almost as bad as the first.

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    2. Dang, the original is worse. I thought the bodies were photoshopped in but the bottom of the pit was taken out. is all of the other information about the towers actually true ( I mean anything that isn't about the story ) coz if so thats pretty creepy on its own.

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    3. Nothing about the above story is even remotely true. Except for the name "The Tower of Silence" also known as "Dakhma". These pits are created to expose of the dead. They have them in India and Iran. The people of India and Iran believe that the bodies of the dead are contaminated (and also may house a demon) so they set them around this pit. Men on the outside ring, women in the center ring and children in the inner most ring. With the use of lime, the bodies then gradually disintegrate and with the help of rainwater, the remaining body material is then washed off into the pit where it is eventually washed out into the ocean.

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    4. "These pits are created to expose of the dead"

      They're created to dispose of the unclean, which are the corpses.
      They work by exposing the bodies to birds and open air.
      (As such, the flesh is eaten and then decomposed).
      The bodies seen on the surface level may be arranged into rings as ohhkkkealin mentions, but the hole in the center is for when the flesh is almost gone, and the decomposition rate is wanted sped up.

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    5. The story is a hoax. While the photo is real, it is of the tower in Bombay. There are no towers "in the jungle"; there are only two in India -- one in Bombay, the other in Madras. Both places where there are sizable Zoroastrian populations (Parsis).

      While this practice is unusual in the eyes of non-Zoroastrians; it is ancient and sacred to them. Indeed, our practices of burial and immolation seem horrible to a Zoroastrian.

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    6. Hoax or not.. that photo is real. I do photo editing and looked at that picture over and over again. I cannot see one flaw to suggest that it was photoshop-ed. If it was, then the person that did it is ever better than I am.

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    7. And being better than you can't POSSIBLY be a possibility, huh????????

      ...or, you're just not as good as you think you are. SIGH, some people. :/

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    8. I like how someone provides a real picture of it and then someone later comes and says "I've seen alot of shops in my time". Good stuff.

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    9. It's shopped and anyone who says otherwise is a moron.

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    10. I saw the real picture. Unfortunately this is a hoax

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  3. A very intresting (and creepy!) story that reduced my fiancee to this face: 'O_O'

    I was also oddly intrigued, it sounds like something out of a zombie horror movie! But yes, I don't think it's true, although like everything, there are grains of truth here.

    Incidentally, the part about there being no scavengers is true. According to my research (which could be wrong! but still) scavenger birds are now very rare in India, and those that exist have very low appetites.

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  4. A new pasta, Finally! And a very good one at that

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  5. I'm Quite pleased with this story.

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  6. Definitely pasta-worthy!

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  7. i hat all of you you all suck

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    1. Hey... I never received my hat... why do everyone get a hat but me?

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    2. and aint no other pony troll it down like me

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    3. C'MON everypony!!! You know the words!!! What comes after "i'm"?!!!?!?!??!?!!?jkhfosdyifgsduifzshf

      (R.I.P. FLEPPY, my pawpaw)

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    4. twilightlicious!!!

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  8. pony ar fuking beeter you fags go to http://www.equestriadaily.com/ you fag ets

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    1. I wasn't aware liking creepypasta made you one of those annoying bronies.

      Nice FailTrolling there bro.

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    2. Get that pony shit out of Creepypasta, you faggotass brony.

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    3. Hey, don't dis bronys. I'm not going to say you people are bad for not liking it. This guy is what makes the brony comunity look like a bunch of fucktards ;_;

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    4. I'm a brony and I'm honestly disappointed by this faggot.

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    5. This guy is 99% likely not a brony and is just trying to make them look like irritating morons. Actual bronies probably wouldn't be trying to make their own community look like a buncha trolling retards, but I guess those types *can* exist...

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    6. Replace the word brony with xtain and it works perfectly. Just an observation.

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  9. I think it's great how trolls can't spell! ROFL!

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    1. Can you officially call it trolling when you have no idea wtf the person is saying?

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    2. That's not trolling, it's just pathetic attention whoring and spamming.

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    3. ITT: people that don't know what trolling is

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    4. This is not 4chan. Stop using 4chan terminology.

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    5. ITT: Haters gonna hate

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    6. >implying "ITT" and "trolling" are 4chan terminology

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  10. There is no documentation of this event that I can find elsewhere on the internet. I also don't suppose there is a bibliography or works cited?

    I believe this is a troll.

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    1. You... realize this is a site for scary stories... don't you?

      No, I suppose you don't.

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    2. ...You're on a creepy pasta site...

      ...You DO realize that... right? o_o

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    3. LOL.. please get the fuck off this Creepypasta site and stop trying to act like a hardass. Know where you are posting before submitting.

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    4. Pwahaha! What, are you gonna put on your glasses and wave your cane around, too, grandpa? Jeez.

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    5. My grandfather was a grandpa, I am so super offended sir!! You better count your lucky stars and lubes that I'm not black, or else the reverends would all pile on you as if you were a white female ass.

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  11. Also important to note, the village's name where this took place is NEVER MENTIONED IN THE ARTICLE, nor any other relevant information. There is also more than one picture, contrary to what the article says, and they were taken in 1999, not 2003. If you are to look at the other pictures (http://www.si-la-gi.com/tag/towers-of-silence/) you may notice that that there is not a several foot deep "pool of festering blood," as the bodies were actually inside of the pit and then removed.

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    1. Calm down. Nobody is saying this is a real thing, it's just a story based on a weird picture.

      Seriously, you need to google the word "Creepypasta".

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    2. Please get the fuck off. You are posting on a site where people make up stores that are meant to unsettle its readers. You fail extremely hard for not getting this OBVIOUS fact right before getting so butthurt over the story and trying to disprove it.

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    3. 'Coagulating' you do know what this word means right? That is coagulated blood -_-

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  12. I love how everyone is focusing on whether this is real, not how good it is.

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  13. I agree! It's absolutely not real, but that didn't ruin he story for me. It's very interesting and, as someone with interest in zombie and horror stories, it's definately fun to read!

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  14. Aww.....now for me to write somethine PEACE KING COME DOWN 357986421

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  15. I think everyone needs to stop bitching and look up what a creepy pasta is....anyway it was a good pasta but i wish it was longer

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  16. The only thing I'm happy about right now is that Inunah updated.

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  17. Speaking of inu if you're reading this are you okay I'm thinking the stories might get to you eventualy...even then remember to take breaks and get some people to help you I can give stories I already sent two.

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    1. I don't think the stories are "getting to her".

      If you mean it's stressful, it's not like she's getting flooded with stories to upload, and if you mean it's affecting her psyche, she's a veteran creepypasta reader, so you should give her more credit.

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    2. I'm fairly sure he meant the stories are literally getting to her... as in arriving within her possession.

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    3. Too lazy to log in. XD Wait, why am I not logged in? I should be logged in. Whatever.

      @Count Monty -- Actually I am flooded with stories to upload.

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    4. With only a handful being decent enough to have readers looking back at their "scary wall?"

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    5. @Inunah

      Well then, no offense, but could you stop being so lazy? You got a site to run, girl! At least upload one per day, try to catch up.

      @anon

      Well, I don't think they LITERALLY arrive in her possession, it's not like we send them in the mail to her house.

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  18. I meant it's mentally getting to her. /but good to know your okay :D I think that it MIGHT have some effect on you just because you have to accept everything stresswise you have to read it and everything then spellcheck so I would assume you don't sleep well or something but yeah I guess you do seem fine :D

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  19. Woah O.O the ending made it that much more weird/creepy

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  20. Finally an update XD I enjoyed this one quite a lot. I actually did a presentation on Zoroastranianism for my Comparative World Studies class last year, and the lore here is right on. Once the big festering pool of blood with the fatal gas comes in of course it's all fantasy, but the majority of the mythos being used here is legitimate and well-researched, so kudos to the author! :)

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  21. This gave me chills, kudos for the author for writing something so damn creepy

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  22. Chancellor Pudding HatMarch 30, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Considering this is India (which I believe is Hindi for Dirty Disgusting Place of Certain Death), I think that ANY liquid that hits you or that you ingest in that cesspool of a country will do to you what the blood did in this story. So how are there still people living in Filthyland? Simple: They're just not like the other humans on the planet, they're Dirtfolk. The only thing scarier is the Chinese, but at least they gave us General Tso's Chicken. What have the dirty people of India given the civilized humans? Shit, that's what. At least they're not Mexicans.

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    1. Woah woah, too out place :O Go on your way and get to a site where this kind of comments actually have any relevant importance :3

      Stupid how people get mad over people who actually do research. I actually like the fact that they investigate rather than get easily satisfied with discussing whether the story's good, bad or real.

      I personally like original work (if someone tries to make videos or pics from it, better) or stories are somewhat real. The story was good until it got to the part of the coagulated blood surface bursting gas to cause delusional fever. From that point on I just lost the mood (7/10)

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    2. Chancellor Pudding HatApril 5, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      >a site where this kind of comments actually have any relevant importance :3

      Equestria Daily is gay though :(

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    3. that's racist you ignorant twat.

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    4. Chancellor Pudding HatMay 19, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      You're right...I'm so sorry, I can't believe I bashed the fine people working HARD at Equestria Daily! Ponies are best race. I bet those fucking sand-rupee-Calcutta smellniggers did their version of voodoo on me to make me say those terrible things about Seth, Phoe, Cereal and the others! What's their version called.....Hindudoo? Fucking poopyhands.

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    5. Sup my good asshat!
      You, my friend, should win an award for that fine piece of literature you have delivered to us mere mortals, I felt enlightened as I read through what can only be described as a divine prophecy, brought to us by the great troll, chancellor pudding hat! 'fucking poopyhands'? COMEDY GENIUS. I take great pleasure in knowing that you are probably masturbating to the many irate replies and indignant cries of despair your post has caused. Now you can go home and do it doggy style with your mother, knowing that your mission was successful.
      From your secret admirer, the ghost of Kim Jong Il

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    6. Chancellor Pudding HatMay 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      >COMEDY GENIUS

      What they say is true, I am a regular Jay Leno.

      >probably masturbating to the many irate replies and indignant cries of despair your post has caused

      I didn't know my sister's name was "the many irate replies and indignant cries of despair your post has caused." Regardless, that's false! I masturbate to all kinds of other things though.......

      >Now you can go home and do it doggy style with your mother

      She's fat, what's wrong with you?

      >knowing that your mission was successful

      It's never over, so I can never declare it a success.

      >From your secret admirer, the ghost of Kim Jong Il

      Couldn't you have pretended to be the ghost of a Caucasian? :/

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    7. You don't have a life, do you?

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  23. matt. i can see you.

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  24. Obvious trolls are obvious...

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    1. Don't worry...bronyism will fade away within the year...so there'll be like 60% fewer trolls and faggots. Because they'll kill themselves once My Little Pony is canceled for causing child rape and faggot-itis.

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  25. that story is a bunch of malarkey

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  26. Mmmm, that was some gooood creepypasta :D Very nicely written, very creepy and disturbing. Great accompanying picture too! Will definitely check out more of your blog!

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  32. Nice story, kinda creepy... cool, but I really don't understand the slew of comments.
    Please, people, if you're not posting about the story, please don't clog up the comments part.
    This story was cool, and yeah, I liked it, and yes, it's not true.
    But this is a fucking creepy pasta sight.

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