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Date(s) - 21/05/2019
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Marquis Cornwallis, 31 Marchmont St, Bloomsbury

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Virtual Ritual / Digitising Endangered Languages

The Marquis Cornwallis, 31 Marchmont St, Bloomsbury,

London WC1N 1AP

21 May 2019

Doors open 7pm

Event 7:30pm-9:30pm


There is a limited number of tickets available on a first come first served basis.

Book tickets at £4 each here:–digitising-endangered-languages


Dr Sarah Stewart (Senior Lecturer in Zoroastrianism) 

Following on from the presentation of the ancient Yasna ceremony you can experience Zoroastrianism in contemporary Iran via the digitised oral testimony drawn from interviews with a Zoroastrian population numbering less than 25,000. Watch some of the lay rituals performed by villagers who speak in what is now an endangered language, Zoroastrian Dari. See how unwritten languages can be preserved in perpetuity through our endangered languages digital archive.

VR: Virtual Reality/Virtual Ritual

Anna Sowa (Documentary filmmaker and SOAS alumna) 
Dr Leon Goldman (Postdoctoral Researcher in Avestan Studies) 

Virtual Reality (VR) has experienced a rapid rise in recent years thanks to the increased availability of consumer headsets, and new applications for this emerging technology are continually being developed. Come join us to learn how VR is being used to document the Zoroastrian Yasna ceremony – one of the world’s oldest religious rituals still performed today.

Slip on a set of VR goggles, immerse your senses in the ancient sights and sounds of the fire temple and allow yourself to be transported back in time more than 3000 years.