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The art of obtaining the essence of various flowers and
preserving them in small containers was for the first time invented by the
Zoroastrians in Iran as perfume played a great role in Zoroastrian religious
From the Old Testament we learn how the ancient Persians
considered perfume of utmost importance. It is stated in Esther that the
virgins who were being prepared to be presented to Ahasuerus, the King of
Persia, were obliged to be purified with oil of myrrh and for the next six
months with sweet scents and other things.
from "Iran & America: Rekindling a Love Lost"
by Badi Badiozamani