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Persian mythology

Traditional legends and stories originally told by ancient Persians and other Iranian peoples / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Iranian mythology (Persian: اسطوره‌شناسی ایرانی) is the body of the myths originally told by ancient Persians and other Iranian peoples, and a genre of Ancient Persian folklore. These stories concern the origin and nature of the world, the lives and activities of deities, heroes, and mythological creatures, and the origins and significance of the ancient Persians' own cult and ritual practices. Modern scholars study the myths to shed light on the religious and political institutions of not only modern-day Iran but the Greater Iran, which includes regions of West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia and Transcaucasia where Iranian culture has had significant influence. Historically, these were regions long ruled by dynasties of various Iranian empires,[note 1][1][2][3] that incorporated considerable aspects of Persian culture through extensive contact with them,[note 2] or where sufficient Iranian peoples settled to still maintain communities who patronize their respective cultures.[note 3] It roughly corresponds to the Iranian plateau and its bordering plains.[4][5] The Encyclopædia Iranica uses the term Iranian Cultural Continent for this region.[6][7]

The Homa statue in Persepolis

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