Why is Azerbaijan called the land of flames?
Azerbaijan is called "The Land of Fire" or "The Land of Eternal
Flames" due to the fact that the ancient Persian religion,
Zoroastrianism, was "big" there. Zoroaster, the prophet of the
religion, was born in Azerbaijan, or as they called it
Azarapadegan. Some say the origin of the name "Land of Eternal
Flames" comes from the fact that natural gas would seep out from
hills and the fire would essentially be eternal.