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The Thread for Useless, but Interesting Facts


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1 hour ago, Spike said:

Always wondered where ‘Iran’ came from. Most Iranians you meet in the west prefer ‘Persian’ because I think they feel it distances them from the Ayatollah 70s revolution. 

Such an interesting country and people, such a shame it is hidden behind a totalitarian religious state. What interests me is the Zoroastrian revivalism linked with anti-nationalism nationalism haha

By the same token this can piss off a lot of Iranians that aren't Persian, because technically if you're Iranian you're not necessarily Persian. There's Azeris, Arabs, Armenians, Balochis, Gilakis, Loris, Kurds, etc... - I think Persians make up about 60%-ish of the country. So some people don't really like it when they're called "Persian" if they're from Iran - because they view it as sort of ignoring their culture.

The rise of Zoroastrianism is sort of a pushback of the Islamic Republic & their brand of nationalism as you say - because it's the "native" religion to Iran & the oldest monotheistic religion and some people view Islam as the "religion of the invaders" with the Arab conquests.

I think it's more common for Persian Iranians to be into this revival of Zoroastrianism, but probably some of the other Iranic people in the country would fall into that - Azeris are Turkic people, so they came to the region after it was Islamic already and I don't think would have the same connection to Zoroastrianism - meanwhile the Arabs of Iran, similarly, would find their roots in the country most likely tied to the Arab conquest... so while they're very much Iranian... I wouldn't say they have any ties to Zorostrianism.

For a lot of people, myself included, this sort of revival is more symbolic than being an actual believer of the religion. Iran's diaspora is increasingly atheist and there are more and more atheists in Iran (probably because of dissolution in living in a religious authoritarian regime and probably because religious conflict has led to a lot of bad shit happening in both Iran & the region generally).

But it, and Christianity, are also some of the fastest growing religions in the country as well.

But yeah, it's an absolute shame what happened to Iran.... although if the UK & US never removed their democracy in the 50s, and their puppet dictator was never ousted in 1979... I might not have ever been born. So from a selfish perspective, it's not so bad. But from a non-selfish perspective... me existing probably wasn't worth the suffering of 82m+ people xD

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11 hours ago, Spike said:

Always wondered where ‘Iran’ came from. Most Iranians you meet in the west prefer ‘Persian’ because I think they feel it distances them from the Ayatollah 70s revolution. 

Such an interesting country and people, such a shame it is hidden behind a totalitarian religious state. What interests me is the Zoroastrian revivalism linked with anti-nationalism nationalism haha

As Dr.Gonzo said, every Persian is an Iranian but every Iranian is not a Persian. Every country/region has a center where the most defining people of that region come from in case of Iran its the Persian speaking heartland. Besides many places changed their names as part of the decolonization process in that period Burma -> Myanmar, Salisbury -> Harare so it should be seen in that context.

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Kabbadi, the sport where players known as raiders enter opposition half to touch their defender(s) and run back without getting caught. 

The sport evolved in Punjab region from the practice of tribes where they raided into territories of other tribes to steal their cattles.

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5 hours ago, Khan of TF365 said:

images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ7tbjQBesjzEwS0PmvgUJ

Kabbadi, the sport where players known as raiders enter opposition half to touch their defender(s) and run back without getting caught. 

The sport evolved in Punjab region from the practice of tribes where they raided into territories of other tribes to steal their cattles.

They all look rather well built for a game about speed is there a wrestling element to this?

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9 hours ago, Khan of TF365 said:

images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ7tbjQBesjzEwS0PmvgUJ

Kabbadi, the sport where players known as raiders enter opposition half to touch their defender(s) and run back without getting caught. 

The sport evolved in Punjab region from the practice of tribes where they raided into territories of other tribes to steal their cattles.

Give these guys a ball and they'd be a rugby team

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