GETTING TO KNOW THE BEAUTY OF IRAN & ITS PEOPLE

GETTING TO KNOW THE BEAUTY OF IRAN

&

ITS PEOPLE – PART I

Compiled by Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.

 

Lush mountains in northern Iran along the Caspian Sea

 

The majority of the Western world has formed its opinion of Iran in accordance with what is broadcast over television.  We envision Iran, and all of the Middle East for that matter, as brown—arid deserts devoid of color.  I dare say, most have never seen lovely, colorful scenes of Iran broadcast in the Western world.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  As long as humanity is daily fed a litany of negative impressions of a people or a country, they can be manipulated into hating, discriminating against, and inflicting all sorts of violent behaviors upon them.  On the other hand, if humanity is aware of the true nature of a people and the beauty of a country, they cannot be misled into destroying a people or country.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  The Western world teaches history as a series of wars.  We are required to memorize the dates of wars and what-we-are-taught caused them.  We study the individual battles, the military commanders involved, and the military tactics used.  The end result is that most graduate from high school and college considering history to be the study of the battles fought by a country and the conquests made.  I double majored in Social Studies/History in college, yet I graduated knowing little about the people of any nation or about the natural habitat of countries that have played a huge role in our lives based on the disagreements those in power positions have had with each other.

At the moment, Iran is getting a lot of negative media attention in the Western world.  For this reason, I would like to know the beauty of the country and its people.   As I begin this exploratory journey, I know next to nothing about Iran with the exception of our highly controlled news media’s portrayal of it.

IRAN = PERSIA

Iran is the political name – Persia is the cultural name.

A Map of the Persian Empire in Biblical Times

http://www.keyway.ca/htm2000/20000227.htm        

 King Cyrus, of Persia, played a major role in the events of the Old Testament.  Cyrus conquered Babylon (Iraq) and allowed the Jews living in exile in Babylon to return home, ordered the stolen Temple vessels to be returned, and commanded the Temple in Jerusalem rebuilt.  See Ezra 1:1-11.

THE ANCIENT COUNTRY OF IRAN/PERSIA

PART 1

ITS SCENIC BEAUTY

http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/asia/ir.htm

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rshoraka/2239910184

Kish Island, Iran – located in the northeast area of the Persian Gulf

The sea water along Kish’s coasts is so clear that the depths of the ocean and its unique aquatic life can be seen.[i]

Waterfall in northern Iran by the Caspian Sea

Mountains in Northern Iran

Wild Tulips (called Laaleh in Persian)

Tulips are actually indigenous to Iran, Afghanistan, and parts of Central Asia—not to the Netherlands.

http://www.irantour.org/Iran/flowers_iran.html

“Spring in Iran is so magical.”

http://flo14wer.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/the-magic-of-nature-in-ordibehesht/

Saffron

Native to Iran, the Mediterranean, & Asia Minor

Cultivated in the rich plains of Iran

http://www.imperialcaviar.co.uk/Boutique/tabid/101/sal_pagesize/100/sal_sortby/SortNumber/sal_sortdirection/desc/currentpage/1/sal_itemid/10/Default.aspx

Arasbaran Forest in East Azarbaijan, Iran

Baluchestan Province in Iran

Izeh – SW Iran

Latian Lake near Tehran, Iran

Oroomieh Lake – NW Iran

At one time the 3rd largest lake of salt water in the world … now turning to salt.

It has more than 100 rocky islands.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/sep/08/battle-save-iran-lake-orumieh

Pear Orchard – Shiraz, Iran

Desert Formations near Saayeh Khosh – Southern Iran

Oroomieh Lake, NW Iran

One of its many rock islands

Kohgilujeh Boyer Ahmad Province, Iran[ii]

Kaluts Desert, Kerman, Iran – famous for its natural sand castle formations

http://guillemlopez.photoshelter.com/image/I00006PmnbAablGQ

Central Desert, near the oasis village of Mesr, Iran

Sunset in the Kaluts Desert – famous for its natural sand castle formations

http://www.flickr.com/photos/-lucie-/4441235404/

IRAN/PERSIA IS A COUNTRY OF GLORIOUS COLORS!

 PART II

https://pathwaytoascension.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/getting-to-know-the-beauty-of-the-people-of-iran-part-ii/

 


[ii]   This photo and the seven above it were drawn from http://www.akademifantasia.org/south-asia/30-interesting-places-in-iran-pics/

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