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Journal:   PEYKE NOOR JOURNAL   SUMMER 2004 , Volume 2 , Number 2 (HUMANITIES); Page(s) 2 To 12.
 
Paper: 

MOURNING RITES FOR SIAVASH IN NOROOZ

 
 
Author(s):  IDRISI M.*
 
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Abstract: 

The myth of Siavash symbolizes the particular beliefs of Asian agricultural societies about fall and spring, drought, rain and plant life. The myth, taken from the myths of plant divinities of Mesopotamia, was adapted for Iranian culture in Iranian Plateau and the Indus valley in the period before the Ariyans entered Iran. It was centralized in Middle Asia and was performed as a ritual play for about 3000 years.
The record for the mourning rites of Siavash in Norooz reveals the depth of the people’s beliefs and the significance of the myth to the peasants of Middle Asia. The few available pictures, which are about the way the ceremony was held, indicate the presence of the main elements such as woman and music, and the presence of gods with a halo around their heads denotes the divinity of the rites. Although after the mourning rites ended, a glorious celebration, known as plant growth celebration, was held for Siavash on the first day of the new year in spring, there is little information about it. In this article the author tries to explain different views about the origin of the aforementioned rites in Iran.

 
Keyword(s): NOROOZ RITES, IRANIAN CULTURE, SIAVASH
 
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