Literature

Fereydoon Moshiri and the wolf within

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The other day I came across a Cherokee proverb that was shared on Facebook:

There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. One is evil — he is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, lies, inferiority and ego. The other is good — he is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth. The wolf that wins? The one you feed.”

A basic search on the internet results in many references to the legend of the two wolves, mostly stated as a dialogue between an old man and his grandson, such as this one.

It reminded me of the poem Gorg (گرگ) by the popular 20th century Iranian poet, Fereydoon More >

Iran & Iranians — a bit of distant history

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The extent of Persian Empire in Achaemenid era, via Wikipedia
Early History

Iranian cultures and arts are rich and diverse, and have their roots in the ancient civilizations that developed as early as the fourth millennium BCE — about 4,000 years before any theistic religion came to existence — across the Iranian plateau.

Cyrus Cylinder, via Wikipedia

Iran has a long and complex history. Cyrus the Great (~ 600 BC – 530 BC), king of Persia during Achaemenid dynasty and the founder of Persian empire, conquered much of the known civilizations and expanded the Persia which spread from More >

Moshkin-Ghalam’s interpretation of Iraj Mirza’s “Zhohreh & Manouchehr”

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Zohreh & Manouchehr, the poem

Zohreh & Manouchehr is a 23-page long poem written by the early 20th century Iranian poet and satirist Iraj Mirza, who in turn based it on William Shakespeare’s poem “Venus and Adonis”. And this story has ties to the ancient Greek mythology.

It is the story of Zohreh (Venus, the goddess of love and beauty) who one day comes to earth in the form of a beautiful woman for a short rest, and by accident runs into the young and handsome prince, Manouchehr, next to a stream and at once desires him. So she sets out to pursue and seduce him. Manouchehr who is out with his More >

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