Pahlevani

  • Pahlevani and Zoorkhaneh rituals in Iran

    Pahlevani and Zoorkhaneh rituals in Iran

    Pahlevani and Zoorkhaneh rituals are traditions that carry a rich ethical culture within. The name has been inscribed by UNESCO for ‘varzesh-e pahlavani’ 'heroic sport' or ‘varzesh-e bastani’ 'ancient sport' which refers to traditional wrestling or a system of athletics originally used to train Iranian warriors in Persia and the adjacent lands since the Achaemenid Empire (550 BC-330 BC). It combines martial arts, calisthenics, strength training, and music and pursues a state of spiritual peace and self-control in the human body and mind. September 4, 2021/Meysam Allaghemandan