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Published on Aug 15, 2007
The Morshed is a guide and a leader for the "pahlavan" (heroes, braves, knights, athletes) exercising in the pit ; he must be experienced in all the Zurkhaneh exercises, a model for the athletes, he must know poetry (especially Ferdowsi's ShAh NAmeh), he must play the huge clay tombak and sing good. Zurkhaneh's ethics and tradition take root in pre-islamic military exercises and zoroastrian spirituality. ShAh NAmeh begins by this powerful verse "Be nAm-e KhodAvand-e djAN o kherad ..." In the name of the God of Being and Intelligence ...