Mysterious Cemetery
Other Names, No Name Cemetery , Unknown Cemetery, Ceremony of Goddesses
Location , Golestan Province Iran 70 km north of Gonbad Kavoos
There is a mysterious cemetery near Khaled Nabi (the prophet) tomb, in Golestan Province Iran, 70 km from north of Gonbad Kavoos. For some known reasons, this site is not mentioned in Iranian guide books and there is no name for it, no sign among the shrines above to point the way, you can not find any map or any information about this graveyard in Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicraft & Tourism organization.

Mysterious Cemetery Photo Gallery by Ardeshir Soltani

The interesting thing about this, besides being closed to a prophet tomb is the graveyards unusual gravestones which identifies the gender of buried people by the female and male’s genital organs.

The phalluses are for men, while cross shaped shows ovaries and wombs mark the graves of women. So strange how they knew this, when they could not write or date the stones ? Some of the stones are more than three metres high and a couple of meters deep below the ground. It does not look like any Iranian cemetery nor any other nations graveyards who used to live in and around Iran in recent or past time.

Ceremony of Goddesses
Masoud Soheili
At the northeast of Iran, in Turkmen semi-desert zone, Golestan Province, at the border of Turkmenistan, at the top of a chain of mountains, there is an unknown site with a lot of statues, “Phallus”.
First, it reminds us the Goddess of the Birth, like the ones in India and South-west Asia. But, it’s completely different. Here, its shape is completely like the real Phallus, and some others like the upside-down one, or maybe a figure of a woman, showing the body and the breasts.

With more thought, and seeing the arrangement of the statues, you see a cemetery in front of yourself. The stone-tombs are in the shape of Phallus and upside-down Phallus. The heights are different, from 60 cm to 3 meters, due to the age of the deceased people.
It seems that the upside-down statues are the tombs of the women and the normal ones are the tombs of the men. The ones with lower heights are belonged to the children, boy and girl, two different shapes.

There is a special location for the ruler of the region. At the top of highest mountain, the King and the Queen are buried. The other people are buried as seen in the arrangement of the even new cemeteries in the region.
Some statues are fallen down or broken, as some people always looking for treasures in such regions. For installing the statues, the length of it underground is equal to its length outside.

There is no written text on these unknown statues. These shapes shows the thought of Persian people in Elam era and the importance and the sanctity of the sexuality at that time, as it was usual in that era in the other parts of the world, in other civilized societies, India, South-east Asia…
The site is located at a place that some four religious places (Imam-zadeh Khaled Nabi, his uncle and his cousins) are located too, at a higher position. At the higher point, there is a place, with some rectangular 2 meters height woods, which cures toothache, if someone tooth touches the woods. These religious places belong to about some 200 years ago or less; but it seems that this site has about 5000 years old and belongs to Elam era in ancient Persia.

There are also other ideas on this site. Some people say that this site was a temple a day. It doesn’t seem right. There’s no sign of a structure. These symbols do not shape a construction too. Others say that each statue was a private goddess for a limited people, for example for a family… (as Totems for North Americans), but, anyway, a cemetery or a gathering of goddesses… it should be near a city or a big village… where people could have easy access to it. At the top of a range of mountains, far from every civilization, long cold winters, could not place anything such this. Surely, there was a great gathering of people here at 5000 years ago. Nothing is left now!

The local people have different ideas for these statues. Some says that the upside-down statues are the soldiers, and the Phallus statues are their swords. When the soldiers wanted to rush the Imam-zadeh, they changed to stone…

These symbols of sexuality have their best show off at spring, when the mountains are green with grass and herbs, and are rather red with wild Anemone. The site has a complete erotic shape; these statues with combination of the special forms of the hills and mountains are completely erotic; I’ve never seen such hills before.
At spring with green background and at winter with the white one, a photographer could take the best forms and photos there, and of course erotic photos too. Enough light, make it easy to use 100 ASA films. Konica film (with most-blue color) and a polarized filter, results a good blue for this strange scenery. Normal & Tele lenses have the most use for the photography of this site, and a wide lens to have some total views.

How to go there:
From Kalaleh city in Golestan Province Iran:
Kalaleh (Road to Moraveh Tapeh) > Tambr Ghare Ghozi > Yeli Badragh > Gacheh Soei > Khaled Nabi

Map for Mysterious Cemetery near Khaled Nabi Prophet Tomb

Kalaleh to Tambr Ghare Ghozi 13Km
Tambr Ghare Ghozi to Yeli Badragh 5Km
Yeli Badragh to Gacheh Soei 34Km
Gacheh Soei to Khaled Nabi 6 Km

GPS waypoints:
Tambr Ghare Ghozi Junction
37-29-04 N
55-30-37 E
133 M

Yeli Badragh Junction
37-32-58 N
55-28-37 E
206 M

Gacheh Soei
37- 41-56 N
55-24-13 E
325 M

Khaled Nabi
37-44-36 N
55-24-40 E
682 M

Cemetery 1
37-44-40 N
55-25-14 E
600 M

Cemetery 2
37-44-26 N
55-25-21 E
584 M

Map for Mysterious Cemetery near Khaled Nabi Prophet Tomb

گورستان باستانی نا شناخته مجاور آرامگاه خالد نبی
در کنار آرامگاه خالد نبی گورستان ناشناخته بزرگی بر روی تپه ماهورهای اطراف قرار دارد که دارای ستون های سنگی تراشیده و سنگ مزارهای ایستاده عجیبی هستند که از نظر شکل و نوع با دیگر سنگ مزارهای شناخته شده ایران و جهان متفاوت است . در این گورستان در حدود‪ هشتصد سنگ مزار ( ستون های عجیب و غریب قد کشیده و ایستاده ) با اندازه های مختلف از یک تا سه متر دیده می‌شود . شاید بتوان گفت که اندازه و ارتفاع ستون ها بیانگر سن و سال و جایگاه اجتماعی افراد است

ابهامات زیادی در مورد زمان و چگونگی پیدایش این گورستان و افراد مدفون در این گورستان تاریخی مطرح است که هنوز پاسخ درستی برای انها موجود نیست و اسرار این گورستان ناشناخته همچنان پنهان است. تاکنون تحقیق و کاوش باستان‌شناسی در این منطقه صورت نگرفته است تا مشخص کند اینها چه قوم سخت کوشی بوده اند که توانسته اند این سنگهای سنگین و تراش داده‌ را در شکل‌ها و ابعاد مختلف در شرایط بسیار سخت و ناهموار طبیعی به قله کوه تا ارتفاع تقریبی 700 متری حمل کرده و بر سر آرامگاه بستگان خود نصب کنند .

نکته عجیب همسایگی این سنگ قبرها با مزار پیامبر خالد نبی است و همچنین اینکه برخی از این ستون های سنگی به شیوه ادیان ابراهیمی ختنه شده اند.
نکته عجیب دیگر اینکه هیچ سنگ نوشته ای در این گورستان وجود ندارد ( بجز یک مورد که آن هم یک یادگاری و نوعی شیطنت و خراب کاری است ) به نظر میرسد که این افراد سواد نوشتن نداشته اند ویا مرسوم نبوده که روی سنگ قبر تاریخ ویا متنی را بنویسند. ولی آنچه مسلم است افراد با دانشی بوده اند که حتی ارگانهای داخلی انسان را میشناختند

هر چند آرامگاه خالد نبی و گورستان ناشناخته بزرگ مجاور آن در سال1380 توسط اداره میراث فرهنگی و گردشگری استان گلستان در فهرست آثار ملی کشور به ثبت رسیده است با این وجود این مجموعه بزرگ تاریخی نیز مانند دیگر آثار باستانی ایران از دستبرد سارقان اشیاء عتیقه و افراد نا آگاه مصون نمانده است . بیشترین خسارت به این مجموعه توسط افراد ناآگاه صورت گرفته است که تعداد زیادی از این سنگ مزارها را شکسته و بداخل دره ها انداخته اند
هنوز نام این گورستان باستانی برای خیلی ها مشخص نیست و از آن با نام گورستان ناشناخته و یا گورستان مرموز یاد میشود
در بیشتر نقشه های ایران و راههای کشور اثری از این مکان دیده نمیشود . در بروشورهای سازمان میراث فرهنگی هم بدالیل مشخصی تاکنون اطلاعاتی برای عموم در این زمینه منتشر نشده

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