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Abutorabian G . A Comparative Study of Praying Rituals for Rains and Sunshine in the Culture of South and North of Iran. AIJH 2021; 28 (3) :99-121
URL: http://aijh.modares.ac.ir/article-31-39312-en.html
assistant professor of Shiraz university of arts , aboutorabian@shirazartu.ac.ir
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Ritual poems of praying for the rain accompanied by dramatic body movements are usually prevalent in traditional music. Having roots in fictions, religious thoughts and beliefs, the tradition is an Iranian ancient one. It reminds worshiping Anahita, the goddess of ‘waters’ and fertility. It can also be considered as a widespread tradition with variety of performing acts in Iran and the Middle East. The methods are either individual or group acts performed with humans, dolls, praying, objects and animals. The present study discusses different ways of praying for the rain and common rituals in the north and south part of the country. Some of the mentioned cases are selected for further investigation of their morphology and performing aspects by using descriptive-analytical research methods. The results of comparing the traditions indicate that praying or wishing for the rain is not merely a performing act; it is a mythological thought rooted in the Iranian culture.
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Article Type: مقالات علمی پژوهشی | Subject: Arts and Humanities (General)
Received: 2020/01/25 | Accepted: 2020/10/6 | Published: 2021/09/23

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