By Brian H. Appleton
One of my
goals on my return to Iran for the first time in 30 years was to see the Zahir
Ol Dowleh cemetery which is amazingly owned by a private family. In it lie the
graves of some of the finest contemporary poets, musicians and writers of Iran
as well as Sufi philanthropists:
Farrokhzad, Iraj Mirza, Bahar, Rahi Mo'ayeri, Rohani, Darvish Khan and many
others. Rahi Mo'ayeri was the first cousin of my friend Fati Mo'ayeri, once my
mourners on the occasion of Foroukh Farrokhzad's funeral
One of my
readers in America asked me to find the grave of her great grandfather
philanthropist Moavena Ol Molk, which I did.
Moavena Ol Molk's grave stone
Iraj Mirza in hands of my driver Ali and son of cemetery owner
Zahir Ol Dowleh's tomb
son of the caretaker family had all the graves on a computer model and in his
little office we pinpointed where the grave was on his computer before we went
into the graveyard to find it.
was hosted one night by the descendants of Moavena Ol Molk, the families of my
American friend's sisters whom I had never met before.
Moavena Ol Molk descendants and me
right of the main entrance is a Khanehgah or monastery where dervishes meditate
and in front of it lies the casket of Zahir ol Dowleh himself.
graves under the trees
the magic of Tehran, this is the hidden worlds within hidden worlds I came to
know and adore in the 1970's and they still abound...
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