vendredi 1 novembre 2013

Iran: The mystery of the "Valley of the sexes" in Iran.

As the giant statues of Easter Island.

The site of the Valley of the sexes in Iran is 90 km from the city of Gonbad-e-Qaboos (137,285 inhabitants in 2006) in the province of Golestan. For centuries, the site hosts several sculptures resembling to phallic symbols (up to 600 sculptures), very old tombstones. The oldest of these carved columns date back a thousand years and more than 500 years, were built during the Middle Age, while the latest would have 70 years, according to archaeologists. As the statues of Easter Island, each was cut from a single stone.

Undetermined origin of sexual sculptures.

         An Iranian legend says that these symbolic representations are apostates petrified by the curse of the prophet or Khalid bin Khalid Nabi Nabi, whose mausoleum is located in the middle of the green valleys of Gonbad-e-Qaboos. Before his death, he would have asked God to transform his infidels pursuers in stone. But why, some of sculptures with their roundness are reminiscent of women's breasts? Others are in the shape of animal heads, mainly rams.
         What makes this risky hypothesis, is phallic sculptures found in other Iranian cemeteries. Iranian archaeologists believe they mark places respectively, which were buried women, men and important figures of the tribes.

The imposing tower of Gonbad-e-Qabu would not it served as a model?

         With a height of 70 meters, this mausoleum is the tallest tower in the world. Built in 1006 and 1007 on order of the Ziyaride Emir Shams ol- Ma'ali Qaboos bin Wushmgir, is located at 3 km in the north of the ancient city of Jorjan (Gorgan) and was built during the reign of Ziyarides. The Legend has it that after his death, the body of the emir was placed in a glass coffin and hung from the ceiling of the tower. Humanity heritage Site since 2012, the authenticity of the monument is evidenced by the inscription in Arabic : "This great monument was built for Amir Shams ul- Ma'ali Qaboos ibn Amir Wushmgir at its command, during his life in the 397 years after the Hijra of the lunar calendar, in the 375 years of the solar calendar . "
Its shape resembles oddly with a giant phallus. Why artists of the "Valley of the sexes" of Gonbad-e-Qabus, no one would not be inspired?
         The Iranian authorities do not seem interested in preserving the site, yet visited by many tourists. Theft and vandalism threatens to disappear this cultural and artistic heritage. However, the cemetery is officially part of the national heritage. Religious sensibility prevails it on History in Iran?

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