Category Archives: The Persian Version

WONDER WOMAN…the original Iranian Version

Known as “Amazons” by the ancient Greeks, these ancient Iranian (Scythian & Sarmatian) female warriors were typical from the 5th-9th century B.C.E. Numerous burial mounds of ancient North-Iranic warriors known as the Scythians (Saka in Persian) and their Sarmatian (or Ard-Alan) successors have yielded the remains of women warriors who were buried alongside their swords, shields and other war equipment. These burial mounds have been discovered from Iran through the Caucasus to the Iranic Scythian lands, now part of modern day Ukraine and Russia. (see map below)
Darius the Great regularly used contingents of his Scythian warriors (including women) in his campaign against the Greeks in Europe. While also having a hard time keeping them under control of the Empire. At one point, Darius’s armies chased his fellow Iranian (but rebellious) Scythian subjects deep into Ukraine and the Balkans before having to essentially give up an turn back. The Greeks didn’t have any more luck with these mounted, nomadic warriors either.

 

A. Darius Kamali

#AryanSpring

Iranian masses chant:
‘We sons of daughters of Aryans, will no longer bow before a foreign, Arab religion!
This is a reference to Iranian’s desire to rid their country of the foreign religion of Islam, forced on them by the sword, in favor of their native Iranian (Zoroastrian/Mithraic/Manichean/Indo-Aryan) roots. http://bit.ly/2CdLg8E

Let’s help them spread #AryanSpring on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2CdLg8E

 

A. Darius Kamali

Happy/Merry Night of Yalda to all! Mithraic Winter Solstice–the Perso-Roman origin of Christmas

Happy/Merry Night of Yalda to all!
(Mithraic Winter Solstice–the Persian-Roman origin of Christmas)

Happy/Merry Winter Solstice/Night of Yalda to all!
(Mithraic Winter Solstice–the Persian-Roman origin of Christmas)

The worship of the Perso-Roman god Mithra dates back millenia.
God is known as Mitra in the Aryan-Vedic religions. Later this Persian God, became the most significant religion throughout the Roman empire and a strong predecessor and competitor with early Christianity, which borrowed many of its themes and symbols including the date for the birth of Christ. Some fun facts:

-Both Mithras and Christ are described as the Way, the Truth, the Light, the Life, the Word, the Son of God, the Good Shepherd.
-The virgin mother was merged with the virgin mother Mary.
-Petra, the sacred rock of Mithraism, became Peter, the foundation of the Christian Church.
-Mithra is a Mediator between God and man, Sky and Earth.
-Mithra was born of a Virgin.
-He has twelve satellites, the Sun’s disciples.
-Festivals are observed on Winter Solstice & Vernal Equinox (Christmas & Easter.)
-His symbol is the Lamb and he carry’s a lamb on his shoulders, just like Jesus.
-Both religions held Midnight services.
-Saint Peters church in the Vatican is built atop a Mithraim.

-Mithra was born on…December 25th!

 

Italian Rinascita for a Persian Requiem

Italian is the 16th language into which Daneshvar’s classic WWII epic has been rendered. Let’s hope that as little as possible is lost in Francesco Brioschi’s translation between these two historic and melodic tongues.

Savushun (Persian Requiem) is the most acclaimed novel of the prominent female novelist Simin Daneshvar.

Simin Daneshvar’s Savushun in Italian

 

A. Darius Kamali