Skip to comments.Under Tremendous Pressure, Mullahs Agree To Renovate Tomb Of "Cyrus The Great"
Posted on 06/06/2006 2:11:28 PM PDT by blam
Under tremendous pressure, mullahs agree to renovate tomb of "Cyrus the Great"
May 29, 2006
Thanks to Iranian arab-parast, tomb of founder of Iran Zamin covered with dust but tomb of their beloved cowered arab imam whom ran away to Iran for dear life, covered with gold
Under tremendous pressure by Iranian People, mullahs agree to renovate tomb of "Cyrus the Great". A team of experts have recently began renovating the tomb of Cyrus the Great at the ancient site of Pasargad in southern province of Fars. Several megaliths of the tomb have been stolen over time and the renovation project aimed to put them in their right positions so that they would prevent water from seeping into the most important monument in history of Iran Zamin.
The tomb of Cyrus is located at the Pasargad complex, which was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in July 2004, wrote the paper.
Pasargad was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire northeast of Persepolis, it added.
"Studies of the damage to the tomb were carried out last year, and the experts prepared a plan, which is currently being implemented".
Before the Islamic Revolution, Iranian archaeologist Ali Sami had renovated the tomb but ever since, mullahs were busy to fund arabs and arabs' cause more than Iran and things important to Iranians. Also to mention, about 19 kilometers away from Pasargade, mullahs plan to flood the area by Sivand Dam, which's scheduled to be operational in late August flooding some very significant Iranians' ancient sites located in the Bolaghi Valley.
Archaeologists believe the reservoir of the dam will raise humidity and thus even the Pasargade complex will be put at risk.
Iran's Nomadic Migration to Find a Way to UNESCO's List
May 25, 2006
Yesterday, 24th of May, the seminar hall of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) was the host of the Intangible Heritage seminar discussing the nomadic life in Iran, the migration of Bakhtiari tribe, and Makhounik Village. In this seminar, head of Iran's Anthropology Research Center announced that Iran is intending to inscribe its nomadic migration in the list of UNESCO's Intangible Heritage.
"Migration is considered as part of Iranians' cultural behavior just like the dress code and the colors used mainly in the cloths in different parts reflect some aspects of traditions and beliefs among Iranian families. Makhounik Village is an example of cultural diversity among Iranian tribes, which is why we selected this village in particular for our program today. While most of the people think that migration is a hard task, nomads enjoy it and show a lot of interests for practicing this tradition. We can never see the peace which exists among these nomads in urban societies. We should strengthen this sense of peace by providing the nomads with appropriate facilities," said Dr. Mir Shokraee, head of Iran's Anthropology Research Center in this seminar.
Mir Shokraee believes that one of the ways through which ICHTO may help the nomads is by preparing some temporary settlements for them to stay in on the path of their migration. Head of Iran's Anthropology Research Center also talked about the efforts made so far for inscribing this intangible heritage in UNESCO's list. "At the present, an Iranian researcher is carrying out some studies in France to trace the background of nomadic migration in this country to inscribe it as a forgotten intangible heritage. This motivated us to inscribe Iran's nomadic migration which has a deep root in the history of Iran in the list of UNESCO's Intangible heritage," added Mir Shokraee.
Nomadic life in Iran is as old as the history of civilization. Although it has changed a lot in the course of history, we can still see a lot of nomadic tribes in Iran. The nomadic tribes are concentrated in the Zagross Mountains but small groups are also found in northeastern and southeastern parts of Iran. The nomadic population practices transhumance and migrating in the spring and in the fall. However, according to Mousavi, an expert from the Anthropology Research Center, due to the new system of life and the spread of urbanization in the Iranian society, this ancient tradition is on the verge of fading away.
"There existed some nomadic tribes until 50 years ago in all Iranian provinces but now the ancient traditions practiced among the nomads are almost forgotten and are limited to a very few groups scattered in different parts of the country. Although permanent settlement is what creates civilization, we must remember the fact that the survival of this civilization depends merely on migration," said Mousavi.
During migration, the tribes trade their live animals, wool, leathers, dairy products, and various knotted and woven textiles with villagers and townspeople in return for manufactured and agricultural goods that the nomads do not produce themselves. This economic interdependence between the nomadic and settled populations of Iran has been an important characteristic of the Iranian society for several centuries.
However, Dr. Eskandar Amanolahi who has a PhD in anthropology from Huston University in the United States and is now the professor of Shiraz University, explained that although technically migration has been defined as moving from one place to another, the migration of Iranian nomadic tribes is different with the other forms of migrations. "Migration existed since 5 million years ago, that is the time the remains of the first human being have been discovered. The migration of Iranian nomads started since 8000 years ago. But the main problem that makes studying these nomadic tribes hard is that they leave no traces of themselves on their way of migrations. Since migration is a very hard task, nomadic tribes are mostly consisted of very strong people who enjoy a healthy physical condition," explained Amanolahi about Iranian nomadic tribes.
One of the other issues that was discussed during this seminar was the architectural style of nomadic dwellings. "The main reason that the urban people have a tendency towards building big houses is that urban life has created a long gap between them and the nature. However, since nomads believe that the nature belong to them, they feel no need to construct big houses. If people in big cities show a lot of interest to construct huge buildings, it is because they do not see themselves part of the nature," said Petrousian, architect and engineer of city planning.
Meanwhile an exhibition for displaying traditional costumes of Iranian ethnic groups opened in the hall of the Anthropology Research Center yesterday.
One wonders whether the dam is necessary to cover some ancient sites that might prove some early Israelite history.
I guess some Persians still resent the Arab conquest.
This must really bother the mullahs as it was Cyrus the Great that restored the Jewish people to Israel and had them rebuild Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile.
Ezra 1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, 2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. 3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem. 4 And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.
"Intangible Heritage" -- kinda like UNESCO itself. ;')
Someone I know online mentioned that Moslems refer to Pre-Islamic times as "The Time of Ignorance".
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It was me, and is it any coincidence that the dam threatens the home town and tomb of one of the most tolerant kings who ever lived? There might not be a Jewish people today if it wasn't for Cyrus.
Cyrus was Zoroastrian, wasn't he? That's a small but significant threat to the Arab/Moslem infestation which rules Iran.
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Actually we don't know what religion Cyrus believed in, because he wouldn't impose it on anyone! Darius I was the first Persian king we know of who openly practiced Zoroastrianism. Cyrus could have been Zoroastrian, or he could have followed the old Indo-Iranian paganism, or who knows what? The assistant pastor of my church has even suggested that Cyrus was a secret believer in the God of Israel, which I guess is as close to converting to Judaism as one could do in those days.
:') If true, and if word got out, the Islamic Death Squads which pass for the Praetorian Guard in Iran would be headed over to Cyrus' tomb with high explosives. :')
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