5000-year old mysteries in ‘Tangue-ye Kul Farah’

5000-year old mysteries in ‘Tangue-ye Kul Farah’
ID : N-392 Date : 2017/10/03 - 15:18

(Persia Digest)-  In southwestern Iran around 5000 years ago lived a tribe that called its land ‘Hatamti’ or ‘The land of gods’. In this ancient land there lays a valley by the name of ‘Tangue-ye Kul Farah’, also known as a passage.

In Persian ‘kul’ means valley and ‘Farah’ means joy. ‘Kul Farah’ is registered as a national heritage in Iran for the six large rock relief inscriptions it holds at its heart. The passage has also served as a temple for ‘Narsina’, an Elamite god.

Delicate motifs of animals and the human face can be seen on the rocks in prayer and respect. Over 400 people can also be seen in prayer on the temple’s rock relief. According to experts, the first human thoughts on religions and rituals have taken shape on these reliefs. Carrying gods, making sacrifices, and playing instruments are some of the other pristine scenes on these petroglyphs.

The first rock relief is at a height of six meters from the hillside and depicts a sacrifice scene. The second one is a triangular rock, again showing religious ceremonies and sacrifices. The third rock is a large, square one where the scene of a statue of an Elamite god being carried by four men has been carved; the King is following them with a large number of retinue. The fourth rock relief shows gifts being offered to the King or Elamite god. The fifth one shows a sacrifice scene again, and the sixth one shows the statue of an Elamite god being carried.

A tourist attraction of Khuzestan Province, the historic region of ‘Kul Farah’ is located near Izdeh village.

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