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Why is Azerbaijan called the land of flames?

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2012-02-24 03:55:16

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.

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