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  • DAḴMA

    Cross-Reference

    in Zoroastrian practice, enclosure or structure for the exposure of the dead. See CORPSE.

  • DALMĀ TEPE

    Robert H. Dyson, Jr.

    The excavations revealed a mass of handmade, chaff-­tempered pottery with fine grit inclusions, fired to orange or pink, frequently with a gray core. A few sherds have smoothed, undecorated surfaces and have been labeled “Dalma plain ware.”

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  • DALQAK

    Farrokh Gaffary

    buffoon, court jester, also sometimes known as masḵara.

  • DAL’VERZIN TEPE

    G. A. Pugachenkova

    a large site in southern Uzbekistan located not far from the bank of the Surkhan­darya river near Denau, a small city approximately 60 km northeast of Termez; it has yielded valuable data on the civilization and arts of northern Bactria and Tokharistan.

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  • DAM (1)

    Cross-Reference

    See BAND.

  • DAM (2)

    Klaus Fischer

    archeological site in Afghanistan, 30°55’ N, 62°01’ E, located approximately 20 km east of the Helmand delta.

  • DĀM PEZEŠKĪ

    Mansour Shaki, Ḥasan Tājbaḵš, and Ṣādeq Sajjādī

    veterinary medicine.

  • DĀM-DĀRĪ

    Jean-Pierre Digard

    animal husbandry. In gen­eral, livestock raising in the Persian-speaking world is dominated by small animals, with a large proportion of goats, which in certain provinces of Persia itself are even more numerous than sheep. Cattle and equines, especially donkeys, are far less important.

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  • DĀMĀD, MĪR(-E), SAYYED MOḤAMMAD BĀQER

    Andrew J. Newman

    b. Mīr Šams-al-Dīn Moḥammad Ḥosaynī Astarābādī (d. 1041/1631), leading Twelver Shiʿite theologian, philosopher, jurist, and poet of 17th-century Persia.

  • DAMASCUS, Zoroastrians at

    Mary Boyce

    The earliest evi­dence for the presence of Zoroastrians at Damascus is provided by Berossus, who stated that this was one of the cities of the Achaemenid empire at which Artaxerxes II (404-358 b.c.e.) had a statue set up for “Anaitis”