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2/12/07

Amazing Iran

By Iason Athanasiadis (www.iason.ws)

At a time when talk of a military strike against Iran looms ever larger, it's often easy to lose sight of the fact that Iran is one of the most visually stunning countries in the world.

That is certainly one of the main reasons that has kept me here for the past three years, against all the odds and despite the Iranian authorities consistently refusing to grant me a press visa.

Having just returned from a memorable one-week trip around Iran, during the Ashura festival, I wanted to send you a few samples of this country and temporarily lighten the political fare that I'm usually serving up.

For those of you who are non-Iranian, this may serve as an introduction into what is a varied and uniquely beautiful country. For  the Iranians (mostly the expats), it is a reminder of the Iran that remains unseen during intense, family-dominated two-week visits back to the motherland.


A man walks by a camel in Khomeinishahr, a city on the outskirts of Esfahan
,
during the procession marking the Shiite holiday of Ashura



A group of Kurdish villagers crowd onto a
slope to watch a dervish procession in the
mountaintop village of Horaman-e Takht in
Iranian Kordestan



Two Kurdish dervishes shake their heads in ecstasy during the some ceremony
on the mountaintop village of Horaman-e Takht in Iranian Kordestan



A Kurdish dervish plays the daff and sings, standing on snow spattered with
the blood of some 60 goats and cows sacrificed by the folk of the mountaintop
village of Horaman-e Takht in Iranian Kordestan



A village mosque on the road from Esfahan to Khorramabad in western Iran



Snow-covered, virgin mountain peaks on the road from Esfahan to
Khorramabad in western
Iran


A little girl is covered by her mother in a crowd of women in the middle of
the fire ritual performed by tens of thousands of women on the eve of
Ashura in the town of Khorramabad in western Iran
 
 
About: Iason Athanasiadis a Tehran-based writer and photographer currently writing a book on contemporary Iranian society. You can visit his web site www.iason.ws for further photography from Iran and the region.
 
Related Article:
Iason Athanasiadis photos at Tehran's Artists Forum
- report by Syma Sayyah

 

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