Inside the Tomb of Baba Taher - Hamadan - Iran

Bryan Freeman

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22 September 2010 Featured in Bricks, Blocks, Tiles and Mosaics Mania

During our visit to Iran in March 2010 we stayed in Tehran for most of the time and used it as our base to visit other cities such as Hamadan (Hamedan) which is about 400km south-west of Tehran. We were only in Hamadan for one day and overnight and saw a couple of tombs while we were there and this is the ceiling inside the Tomb of Baba Taher.

The following is taken from the blurb on a sign at the entrance to the site and is copied word for word:

Baba Taher is one of the famous Gnostics and poets of the 4th century AH. He was born in 326AH and passed away 85 years later. Baba Taher’s Do-Bayties (double distiches) or songs ar known as Phahlaviat. Baba Taher mausoleum was constructed in the years 1967-1970 by Eng. Mohsen Furughi on behalf of the NationalMonuments Association of Iran. This mausoleum is on the basis of an octagon. Eight pillars of the tower, stone slabs of the tomb and its base, together with the steps and the surrounding paved area are all sculptured granite. The main structure is to the dimensions of 10m x 10m and has entrances along with light sutures. Within the internal area are 24 pieces of marble affixed, each having a verse from the poems of Baba Taher.

The following is from Wikipedia:

Baba Taher(of Kurdish origin) is known as one of the most revered and respectable early poets in Iranian literature. Most of his life is clouded in mystery. He probably lived in Hamadan, the capital city of the Hamedan Province in Iran. He was known by the name of Baba Taher-e Oryan (The Naked), which suggests that he may have been a wandering dervish. Legend tells that the poet, an illiterate woodcutter, attended lectures at a religious school, where he was not welcomed by his fellow-students. The dates of his birth and death are unknown. One source indicates that he died in 1019. If this is accurate, it would make Baba Taher a contemporary of Ferdowsi and Pour Sina (Avicenna) and an immediate precursor of Omar Khayyam. Another source reports that he lived between 1000 and 1055, which is most unlikely. Reliable research notes speculate that Baba Taher lived for seventy-five years. Rahat al-sodur of Ravandi (completed 603/1206), describes a meeting between Baba Taher, and the Saljuq conqueror Togrel (pp. 98–99). According to L. P. Elwell-Sutton: He could be described as the first great poet of Sufi love in Persian literature. In the last two decades his do-baytis have often been put to music.

Legend has it that Baba Taher was a very simple and innocent man whom everyone mocked and made fun of in his town. He was not a poet to begin with. One very cold winter day, people of the town decided to make a fool out of him just for fun. They brought him to a frozen fountain and told him if he swim in the icy water, he will become a poet. Being innocent, he believed them. He took off his clothes and entered the icy water. Everyone started laughing at him as he was swimming in the cold water. He realized he was made fun of and was heart broken. He came out and, to everyone’s surprise, a “true poet” was indeed born out of the icy water on that day. Hence, he is called “the naked”. His poetry has touched many souls.

Some further info on Hamedan below from Wikipedia:

Hamedān or Hamadān (Persian: همدان , Old Persian: Hagmatana, Ancient Greek: Ecbatana) is the capital city of Hamadan Province of Iran. It had an estimated population of 550,284 in 2005.

Hamadan is believed to be among the oldest Iranian cities and one of the oldest in the world.

Hamadan has a green mountainous area in the foothills of the 3574-meter Alvand Mountain, in the midwest part of Iran. The city is 1850 meters above sea level.

The special nature of this old city and its historic sites attract tourists during the summer to this city, located approximately 360 km southwest of Tehran.

The main symbols of this city are Ganjnameh board, Avicenna monument and Baba Taher mounument. People of the city are Persians and speak Persian.

Other images from our trip to Iran below:

The next bridge up from this one is Si-o-Seh Pol (see below)

Abbasi Hotel – Esfahan:

Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque – Esfahan

Inside Imam Mosque below:

Entrance to Imam Mosque:

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  4. Esfahan – Iran
  5. Shiraz – Iran
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  7. Black & White
  8. High Dynamic Range – HDR
  9. Birds
  10. Sydney
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  13. Sofala
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