Sunday, February 16, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
vivalafrickfrackers asked: Hi! I really like your Afghanistan OC! :). I was wondering if I could use her as a muse for a blog of mine (I'll give you credit and everything). Thanks!
((Aw thank you! And absolutely, you can go ahead and use her! I’m flattered you chose her as a muse at all!!))
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Anonymous asked: You are AWESOME! Asheghetam! I have some questions, I just recently got this that you are American and it is very Interesting for me that you Like IRAN, it's culture and such. This is very cool! So tell me, can you fluently speak Persian or do you just know some of it? How did you get interested in IRAN? Do you have some Iranian friends or relatives? How did you come to know Hetalia? Did you watched the Anime yourself? And how did you learn Persian? Sorry for questioning you so much love~* :3 :*
((Merci, jaan!! bi taarof, you’re much too kind :-*! I am told from time to time that people are surprised I’m American LOL
But to answer your questions: I’m not fluent in Persian by any means LOL, I know certain phrases and words [and I know basic grammar structures] and it’s easier for me to listen to spoken Persian than to speak it or read it [when it’s in script]. I learned it through research and asking my Iranian friends heh
I got interested in Iran in 2009, I was studying the Middle East in general through independent research, but I got especially drawn in by Iranian history. It was fate I guess LOL :’)
I have Iranian friends! a lot actually haha, ever since an article about ask-Iran was published in Persian on France24 and posted on an Iranian site called 20ist, I’ve gotten to know a lot more Iranians inside Iran and befriended many. It’s pretty amazing!
I honestly don’t remember how I got into Hetalia LOL, but I remember that I was into the web comics and joined Hetalia fandom on livejournal….I didn’t watch the anime at all really :/a but no don’t apologize! I’m flattered you took the time to message and ask me questions. I hope you have a nice day!! Thank you so much, anonymous pal!))
I just got introduced with your blog. I’ve to thank you for your interest to my country, culture, language, nation, religion, etc. and introducing it to other people around the world. I wondered when I realized that your nationality is American. I sorrow that an American should come and defend our people and introduce to the world that what we really are, while we ourselves don’t make such a blogs. I also have to thank you about showing the world our neutrality and not being damn people.
I come to say that I may help you in any way I can. If you need someone who lives in Iran to get some info, I’m here in Tehran, the capital at your service. If you need some other info I may know I’ll give them to you. This is the least duty I may do.
I know that my English is not as well as it should be, but I hope you could understand all of my words.
With best regards, a goer with you…”
(submitted by hamid, non-tumblr user)
((Salaam, doost-e man, you really have humbled me with your message! You don’t need to be at my service, I’d treasure your friendship more :) [though i can never turn down insight from Iranians!]
if you’d like, you may add me on facebook or contact me via email—firstname.lastname@example.org ! mamnoon for all your kind words, from the deepest part of my heart! <3 I hope you will continue to enjoy my blog))
You should know exactly how I feel about it. Far be it from America to listen to someone who actually lived through those wars.
((The release of the first 300 movie compelled Iranians to express their outrage about the depiction of ancient Iranians in the film, citing both historical inaccuracy and the pervasive orientalist tropes that continue to define the “Other” in American media. So, with 300: Rise of an Empire aka 300 2: Electric Bugaloo going to be released soon, believe me, when Iran first saw the trailer she rolled her eyes so hard she gave herself a migraine.
And let’s be real, America has A Thing about Ancient Greece.))
Friday, December 13, 2013
Anonymous asked: Hey :3 When you'll have time, can you draw Fem!Somalia please ? I really, really loved your design ! Also, this ask-blog is one the best I've ever seen. Keep up the good work o/
((i haven’t drawn much of her tbh, but here she is! miss somalia ^q^ its an old doodle but!! yeah
but ahhh thank you <3 I appreciate your kindness :D))
Thursday, November 14, 2013
I know there are nations out there with ancestors who raised them, such as Egypt and Greece, but my “parental” figure was my first king. Koroush the Great acted as my father even until his death and I mourned him as a human would their parents, or as a nation would of their ancestor. He was a brilliant man and leader, treated me like his own child, and even scolded me like one! I still think of him to this very day. But Haltamti did not raise me, though I had inherited her land, the city of Susa, and her language as well. I don’t remember much of her unfortunately, I was preoccupied in my own affairs as a child empire adjusting to my new status in the world. Ey khoda, some of these questions require me to think too far back into my memories! I know, however, that Haltamti was robust in her existence. I remember her as being a very well-fed woman, strong like an ox, hair dark and thick. Bakhtiar used to say that sometimes I would remind her of Elam because of this wild hair of mine. She left the South with many reminders of her civilization, there are archeological sites everywhere. Ziggurats and old temples, perfect tourist areas, honestly.
((Prior to the Medes and the Achaemenid Persians, the Kingdom of Elam ruled much of South Iran during the period of the 3000 BCE-640BCE [though Elamites continued to exist as a people during the Median and Achaemenid periods] Susa, which acted as Elam’s capital [and the reason that Elam had been referred to as Susiana on occasions, Haltamti is the indigenous name.] was considered one of the oldest urbanized centers of trade. The Elamites had their own system of writing and language separate from the other peoples of Mesopotamia, and Elamite culture had an influence on the emerging culture of the Iranian tribe, the Persians. Touraj Daryaee wrote briefly that “In turn, Achaemenid Persians who were deeply influenced by the world of Elam created the first true empire” and that the Achaemenid empire “…did not privilege Old Persian as the language of its multi-ethnic and multilingual empire. Rather those languages that best created the environment for managing this huge empire, namely Elamite and Aramaic, were given momentum.” It is a demonstration of the Elamites’ cultural contribution long after the Kingdom of Elam had lost prominence in lieu of other rising Iranian powers. Of course, as ancient as the Kingdom of Elam was, the Elamites have not been as extensively studied as other periods and dynasties of Iran. But as Iran mentioned, the South of Iran, specifically in the province of Khuzestan, has ruins of ancient Iranian civilization. The one mentioned here, the unfinished city of Dur Untash, was founded in 1250 BCE [during the Untash-Napirisha period, 1275-1240 BCE] and intended to be a religious capital before an invasion by the Assyrians that halted construction due to the damage done. It was completely destroyed in 640 BCE. Nowadays, Tchoga-Zanbil is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Anyways, Iran considers Elam ancestral, but not parental. She has a somewhat similar view towards Medes, less ancestral, but still familial for the fact that they are both considered ‘Iranian tribes’ [the Medes were the first tribe to consolidate power in the Iranian plateau, prior to the Achaemenid Persians]. The “parent” position was fulfilled by Cyrus the Great, not by an entity who preceded Iran’s birth.
In the case of Bakhtiar: As mentioned before about Bakhtiar [link here], the tribal history of the Bakhtiaris traces the peoples’ lineage to the descendants of Elam and according to Arash Khazeni, “Close to the Bakhtiyari tribal stronghold of Malamir could be found the ruins of the Elamite capital of Susa, as well as the nearby rock reliefs and cuneiform inscriptions in the caves of Shikaft-i Sulayman and on the cliffs of Kul-i Farah”. The Lurs, another tribe, are also believed to be descended from the land and people of Elam. It is written in the Tarikh-i Bakhtiyari “Elam is Luristan…it may be said for certain that since times of old and the beginning of civilization, this country has been the pastures and campgrounds of the Lurs”. So here, Bakhtiar has more stories and “memories” of Elam than Iran herself does, mostly because of the close association of Bakhtari tribal history and the history of Elam. Iran is without much memory of her.
photo credits to: Milad Massouni))
Monday, November 11, 2013
((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 :)
Saturday, October 26, 2013
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."