Paper Information

Journal:   MYTHO-MYSTIC LITERATURE JOURNAL (PERSIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE JOURNAL)   FALL 2017 , Volume 13 , Number 48 #F0059; Page(s) 77 To 105.
 
Paper:  LEOPARD IN MYTHOLOGICAL BELIEFS OF SEMNAN PROVINCE, BASED ON THE FOLKLORE LEGENDS OF PARVAR AND SHAHMIRZAD DISTRICTS
 
Author(s):  IMANI KHOSHKHOO NEDA, ESMAILI ESMAT
 
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Abstract: 

Folklore legends are on the border of imagination and reality, they have a common border with world of myth and are neighbor of real world. The common themes of folklore legends indicate their mythological common contents. Analysis of secrets and signs of legends and myths helps to know their cultural development and formation. In the present article, we try to analyze a symbol in legends and myths of Semnan province, and to examine a common symptom in eastern myths. There is a strong resemblance between stories of goddesses and two legends belong to Shahmirzad and Parvar (in Semnan province) in symbol of "leopard". In these legends, leopard distances from its wild nature and becomes a guardian, and accompanies symbolically the main character of the legends that is a "woman". The legends show the mythological beliefs of people of this district about the animal. Given the relationship between leopard and goddesses in the myths, we can say that leopard is a symbol of a goddess in the legend of Parvar, and in the legend of Shamirzad, it is a symbol of guard as well as goddess.

 
Keyword(s): FOLKLORE LEGENDS, MYTHOLOGICAL BELIEFS, LEOPARD, THE LEGEND OF PARVAR, THE LEGEND OF SHAHMIRZAD
 
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