2012
06.05

SYNOPSIS:  A VISIT TO THE MOST ANCIENT PLACE IN AFGHANISTAN AND THE BIRTH PLACE OF ZOROASTER:  BALKH.  THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF THIS TRIP.

Nobody has a clue where exactly Zoroaster was born, but it is agreed that it was somewhere in Balkh.  But there is no birth house, no marker, and no museum.  I wonder if half the population even knows who he is…  If I had known this before I came to Afghanistan, I would have not been so surprised to find Uzbekistan full of Zoroastrian history.  Before Zoroastrianism reached Iran it obviously had to cross Central Asia.  Live and learn!   Even Rumi, the famous Persian poet came from Balkh.  Alexander the Great married his famed Roxanna right here.  And, Balkh was on the Silk Road, on par with Bukhara or Samarkand.  Even Marco Polo came through here, wow!… VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY