The Hourglass Tower to Heaven

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This stepped hourglass structure, featured in the story, was believed to connect Heaven and Earth and is also found in Buddhist, Jainist and other Vedic-based religions as a variation of the transcendental Mt Meru of the Rig-Veda. Psychoactive haoma communion oblations are burnt in the fire altar to deliver it to the supreme solar deity Ahura Mazda.