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Virtual Ritual / Digitising Endangered Languages

Please note this event takes place on the first floor and has no step-free access. Over 18s only.
Past event - 2019
21 May Doors open 7pm
Event 7:30pm-9:30pm
The Marquis Cornwallis, 31 Marchmont St, Bloomsbury,
London WC1N 1AP

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.