• Witness the Flow of Life in 12K Years Old Village
    #Geography

    Witness the Flow of Life in 12K Years Old Village

    As we follow the main road from Kerman to Shahr-e Babak, which runs 220 Km, we reach a fork in the road that leads to an old and historically valuable village. Taking the right at the fork and after about 16 Km of beautiful woods filled with shrubbery, wild pistachio and almond trees, suddenly a settlement carved in the mountains will reveal itself. This is Meymand Village, the residence of an ancient people with a rich culture that has endured throughout history.

  • Nasir Khusraw: A traveller from a Thousand Years Ago
    #Iranology

    Nasir Khusraw: A traveller from a Thousand Years Ago

    While many have heard of Marco Polo, he was not a pioneer in the art of recording his observations and journeys. Centuries before him, an Iranian explorer excelled in travelogue writing by recording his detailed observations.

  • A Closer look at Zoroastrians
    #Lifestyle

    A Closer look at Zoroastrians

    According to ancient Iranian scripture, Zoroastrianism began and flourished in Iran by Prophet Zoroaster. Based on the poems in the Gathas, Zoroaster was acquainted with many of the contemporary sciences. He was an intellectual and agnostic who had discovered the mysteries of existence and was hence chosen by God as his messenger and teacher.

  • See You in Iran, a Hostel for Everyone
    #Graball

    See You in Iran, a Hostel for Everyone

    It may not look like an inn, indeed, one could be mistaken for thinking they were in their own home. Yet whether or not you are Iranian, and no matter on which floor you stay, to be a guest at the "See you in Iran" hostel will come with surprises. Here one can have all the comforts of home. See you in Iran is a truly unique guest-house within Iran. A hostel operated by a team of 30 highly educated young people employed on the basis of their care and understanding of sociocultural complexities.

  • God talks Human Writes
    #Art

    God talks Human Writes

    Since the inception of the alphabet, calligraphers have played a pivotal role in the preservation of civilization’s beliefs and customs. The penchant to record teachings and quotes of great religious figures predestined calligraphers to serve diverse religions and witness essential rituals in Iran. Calligraphers were an important part of immortalizing divine words through artistic handwriting. The history of recording religious manuscripts and texts has led the way for each religion to pursue their own particular alphabet system and calligraphy style.

  • Lords of the Light; An Outlook on Persian Myths
    #Mythology

    Lords of the Light; An Outlook on Persian Myths

    For three millennia Persia has been at the crossroads of the east and the west. As such she has amassed a precious treasure trove of myths. Many of these have been derived from Indo-European and Indo-Iranian origins that can be divided into three specific phases: Zoroastrian, Mithraic, and Manichaean. Each has its favorite and fantastic stories in different historical eras of Iranian culture and civilization.

  • The Friendly Dolphin of the Persian Gulf
    #Environment

    The Friendly Dolphin of the Persian Gulf

    I had run into a German tourist a few years back and asked about the places she had visited in Iran. She gave me the typical list of cities: Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd, and Kashan, but she also mentioned Mars. I thought I heard wrong, so I asked for clarification, and she told me that she visited Qeshm which felt like she had landed on Mars.

  • Fountain of Faith
    #Study

    Fountain of Faith

    Which civilization is the birthplace of the main religions? Which culture in a historical sense of the word ‘created’ and nurtured the most widespread religious beliefs? Is there an objective cultural crossroad in the history of mankind in which we may scientifically refer to as the ‘cradle’ of global-scale-religions? I believe there is, and its name is Persia or Iran.

  • Pottery's Evolution
    #History

    Pottery's Evolution

    In addition to playing childish games in its dusty warm streets, Khuzestan (province) had us playing on hills that we later realized had cultural value. Given our young age, we didn’t know that these hills and a lot of pottery pieces at our feet belonged to ancient times.