Gharam

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Gharam
Ğaram (Ğaram)
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A gharam or maram (Koman: ğaram, ğaram, IPA: /ʁɒrɒm/; Middle Koman: ğârâm or even ârâmam) is a place of worship for followers of Zarasaism.


Etymology

The word gharam comes from Middle Koman: ğaram translit. ğârâm (meaning "place of worship"), the actual word may vary depending on the several liturgical languages of Zarasaism and its dialects. Archaic terms such as ârâmam or nihêshên were commonly used to designate holy places and temples, but subsequently fell out of use after the reforms and regulations imposed by several convert-states between the 11th and 15th centuries.

History

Front courtyard of the Ayrahbar Shrine, Shozasan, one of the holiest gharams of Zarasaism located in Balakia

Diffusion and evolution

Conversion of non-Zarasaist places of worship

Religious functions

Prayers

Frequency of attendance

Architecture

Styles

Yehazis

Domes

Prayer hall

Symbols

Prayer leader

Dress

Rules and etiquette

Non-Zarasaists in Gharams