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culture of pre-revolution iran

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Transcript of culture of pre-revolution iran

PRE-REVOLUTION
CULTURE I
R
A
N Women wore colorful veils, but most chose to wear western style clothing
Shah Reza Pahlavi implemented a compulsory unveiling Fashion Pop Music Introduced to Iran by a famous Iranian singer when he first brought the guitar to Iran in the 1950's.
Googoosh is a famous female pop singer. She has made a comeback in 2000.
Iranian rock later developed in the 70's. Persian Classical Music Food The staple is rice.
Lamb, chicken, and chicken are the main meats (pork is a taboo according to Islamic tradition).
Dairy products are very common. Bibliography http://fleetingperusal.blogspot.com/2007/04/iran-before-1979-after-1979.html
http://worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com/view/page.basic/country/content.country/iran_344
http://school.eb.com/eb/article-230063 Developed during thousands of years.
Some instruments are: the stringed dotar, the double-reeded ghooshmeh wind instrument, and the dayereh drum. The midday meal is the most important meal of the day. Ramadan: Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk; in the evenings, families and friends get together to eat and visit. Greetings The handshake is customary with a slight bow or nod to show respect.
Men do not shake a woman's hand unless the woman offers her hand.
People of the same sex kiss each other on the cheek as a sign of affection.
People usually stand when someone of older age or prominence enters the room.
Shaking the child's hand shows respect for the parents.
Most people greet by saying Dorood. Visiting Guests are the center of attention. The oldest man present receives the greatest respect.
Iranians enjoy getting together for conversation, picnics, or just to enjoy each other's company.
Visitors remove their shoes before entering carpeted areas of a home.
A polite guest compliments the host generously and accepts compliments in return. However, one avoids complimenting an object in the home, as the host may feel an obligation to offer the object to the guest.
Dinner guests customarily take a flowering plant, cut flowers, or candy to the host. Gifts are not opened in front of the giver. If one is offered gifts, refreshments, or invitations, it is polite to decline a few times before accepting and thanking him or her several times. Family The father is the undisputed head of the household.
Large families with many children. Boys have been traditionally preferred.
Government required couples to take a family planning course before they married as an effort to lower the birthrate. The birthrate was brought down to levels comparable to those in industrialized nations.
A man can have up to 4 wives if he can provide for each equally. He must have permission from his other wife or wives and from the government. Most men choose to have only one wife.
Relatives remain close. Unmarried persons, regardless of their age, live with their parents until they marry. Marriage Women marry between 18 and 25. Men marry later because of military service or the need to earn enough money to start a family.
Weddings are elaborate celebrations lasting as long as three days.
Some couples choose to have a temporary marriage (sigheh) as a trial or because the sigheh wedding is much less expensive than a conventional wedding. Sometimes the sigheh simply provides a legal means of entering a brief intimate relationship.
The sigheh can last between a few days and 99 years. A woman in this arrangement and any children born in the marriage do not have the same rights and privileges as wives and children from a conventional wedding, but they are accepted as legitimate.
Both must consent to a sigheh,
When a sigheh or conventional marriage is terminated, the woman may not marry again for at least one hundred days.
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