PSA: Im alive!
((sorry guys for the lack of recent updates! I’ve been very busy lately, as I work in retail, November —> December [thanksgiving day and black friday were NIGHTMARISH!] are going to be incredibly stressful months for me! But I’ll be doing my best to squeeze an update in as soon as I can :) thank you guys for being so patient ^q^/
I just want to let you all know that this account is not, absolutely not abandoned!))
((Today is Ashura [or technically yesterday for Iran’s timezone], the tenth day of the mourning month of Muharram. This day in particular is for the mourning of Imam Hussain’s death during the battle of Karbala in 680 CE. Public mourning processions in Iran such as self-flagellation with small chains [the use of knives was outlawed in the 1950’s] and chest beating, along with passion plays [taziyehs] and beating drums, are part of these displays of public mourning. It is also a part of commemorating Imam Hussain’s memory (nazri) by cooking food such as Ashura Gheimeh, and providing free food to others during Ashura. It is an event that invokes cultural, social, religious communal relations in Iran. The night after Ashura is called “Shameh Ghariban”, the night of women, to remember the journey after Imam Hussain’s death.
These photos were taken in Ardebil, Iran just yesterday by my dear Iranian friend, Saba [@Saba_Persia], who was kind enough to allow me to post them here to provide you all with amazing photos of Iran! Thank you followers for sticking around, I appreciate all your support and contributions too :)
Anonymous asked: How you get information about iran?
((Multiple sources! Independent research [reading academic books and articles, watching documentaries], consulting my Iranian friends in the US, and also engaging with Iranians currently living in Iran. :) it’s one big research project for me that will never end, and that’s the beauty of Iran. You think you can study all there is, but there is so much to Iran to learn about!!))
Had an intense need to sketch up some lady nations and so here they are! in some of my fav outfits tbh
top row: Bahrain, Iran, Palestine (whom I seldom draw!)
bottom row: India and Pakistan (again, someone I drastically neglect :’( )
edit: bigger versions here: Bahrain, Iran, Palestine, India, Pakistan
((posting due to Iran’s appearance—also because her attire is a reference to a Qajar era painting—and her toplessness has a distinct place in Iran’s history. As stated by Afsaneh Najmabadi in her book "Women with Mustaches and Men Without Beards",
"In the same period another iconic feature of representations of women emerges in Qajar paintings: the bare breast. Although nude females and females whose breasts are visible through transparent clothing do appear in Safavi and Zand art, the bare-breasted woman, or the woman with breasts emphatically displayed through style of dress or association with fetishistic objects is a heavily accented theme in Qajar painting….In a previous essay (1998a), I argued that the Qajari bare-breasted woman emerged at the culmination of a process of eroticization of the breast linked with Iranian men’s perceptions of women in Europe. European woman as a site of paradisiacal eroticism was focalized on the breast,which in turn contributed to eroticization of the breast in Persian male imagination….Display of the breast,emphasized by arrangements of objects, flowers, or fruits, became a distinct mark of womanhood, at once intensifying eroticization of the breast and heterosexualization of eros….Disappearance of the ghilman (desirable young male) strongly consolidated feminization of beauty: The only representations of human beauty emerging by the end of the nineteenth century (In Iran) were representations of young women."
The title of the video is….far from reality, but I do understand the intention, I suppose? It is nice to see that little Zion’s iranophobia doesn’t blind everyone ;)
but I’d would indeed much rather have, ah, “Israel-loves-Iran” versus “Netanyahu-loves-Iran”! Who knew his diplomacy would be worse than his warmongering! -Cough-
((“Israel and Iran: A Love Story” is a TEDx talk by Israeli Ronny Edry, a graphic designer behind the Israel-Loves-Iran campaign/facebook which became viral and a place for Iranians and Israelis to communicate in context of peace.
[Iran’s personal reaction was prompted more of her Jewish diaspora in Israel, as there are numerous posts by Persian Jews on the facebook. Of course, as with any nation, the topic of diaspora and their cultural connectedness can be viscerally emotional.]
[and for those of you wondering who that woman is in the 6th panel, it’s Palestine.]
But while that’s a serious display of Iranian-Israeli dialogue, there was a much more bizarre incident when Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s official twitter account had followed a Persian-language sex education twitter! To read more about this hilarious incident, refer to the articles on the Atlantic Wire, Huffington Post , and the first report on it in the Times of Israel!))
Haha—cough—I’m sure whatever incidents of misbehavior on my part were strictly isolated incidents! I was a very famous and well-liked child empire! And cute, of course.
((Sorry for the long wait, guys!! Here’s Iran trying to convince you she wasn’t a little terror during her childhood :p
in her Parthian era: Iran is referring to the massive influx of Jews into the Parthian empire because of Roman persecution. Though Iran’s fondness for Yehuda goes back to the Achaemenid era.
and uh. She doesn’t exactly have a fondness for the Roman empire even peace times :’) as you can see, hahaha. She was a physical menace during the Sassanid era))
salam Iran joon <3
so the other day i was searching hetalia characters and i found out that there wasn’t any character that represents iran and i was so pissed off. i decided to search again and i suddenly saw your drawings and I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!! they’re so detailed and so gorgeous. in think i’m in love with your drawings XD i also like how your serious you are about the history of iran <3 here’s a gift for you > 3 < (i’m sorry it’s so sketchy <:( )
(submitted by moshmoshak) Oh my! Mamnoon, khanoomi! ((So cuteeee! your style is awesome!! Thank you so much for taking the time to submit this, I really appreciate it ;v;/ I’m honored! [remember y’all, you can always submit fanart to me!]))