Symbols of beauty and resistance
The famous Persian heroine, Apranik,
Under the patriarchy that evolved over the past 3000 years, women around the world have been sidelined from public office and disempowered. Yet without women, men could not survive or even thrive.
Under patriarchy, men have tried to own women and control their lives, yet they have not learned that women cannot be understood, they can only be loved and when they are loved, their joy is transformative and uniting.
Women are related to the Earth, and givers of life. Within Vedanta that inspired Persian life before Islam, men and women stood together, yet under the yoke of Islam, women remain women and carry the spirit of life from
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Persia, The Islamic Republic of Iran
Until the arrival of Islam, Persia was famed over the known world for it’s modern and rich civilisation. Its roots can be traced back to 7000 BC but it’s widely accepted that the region was first unified under proto-Elamite and Elamite kingdoms in 3200–2800 BCE.
Modern historians prefer to say that Medes unified the country in 625 BCE, after which it became the dominant cultural and political power in the region comprising the Anatolia, the Bosphorus, Egypt to the borders of Ancient India and the Syr Darya in the east, and from the Caucasus and the Eurasian Steppe in the north to the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman in the south.
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