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03/29/11

Photos: Giant Haftsin at Bistoon, Kermanshah

Photos by Saber Karimi, ISNA

Persian New Year Norouz holidays is also a time for traveling. Historical and ancient monuments are among the favorite places to visit during this time. Among these destinations is Bistoon in western Iran where in celebration of Norouz a giant Haftsin has been arranged.

A major part of the New Year rituals is setting a special table with seven specific items present, Haftsin. In the ancient times each of the items corresponded to one of the seven creations and the seven holly immortals protecting them (read more).

 

The Behistun Inscription (also Bistun, Bisutun, Bistoon -- meaning "the place of gods") is a multi-lingual inscription located on Mount Behistun in the Kermanshah Province of Iran, near the city of Kermanshah in western Iran.

Authored by Darius the Great sometime between his coronation as king of the Persian Empire in the summer of 522 BC and his death in autumn of 486 BC, the inscription begins with a brief autobiography of Darius, including his ancestry and lineage. Later in the inscription, Darius provides a lengthy sequence of events following the deaths of Cyrus the Great and Cambyses II in which he fought nineteen battles in a period of one year (ending in December of 521 BC) to put down multiple rebellions throughout the Persian Empire. The inscription states in detail that the rebellions, which had resulted from the deaths of Cyrus the Great and his son Cambyses II, were orchestrated by several impostors and their co-conspirators in various cities throughout the empire, each of whom falsely proclaimed kinghood during the upheaval following Cyrus's death.

Darius the Great proclaimed himself victorious in all battles during the period of upheaval, attributing his success to the "grace of Ahura Mazda". (source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -- read more)


















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