Vis – O – Ramin from Historical Documents
Ramin Etemadi Bozorg

December 5  -  December 17, 2014

Myths are created to tell about the missing things in their time. Love is a major component of myths and literature in our culture. It is not clear when expressing lovely behavior has become a taboo in our society. But when we see the nude statues of men and women in the depths of ancient history or read about such works as “Vis o Ramin”, we come to know that body and body organs shall not be taken as taboos. It is when the subject became a mystery. Lovemaking turned to be something that shall not be spoken, watched, or known anything about it. This duplicity of the ages grew into a culture in our history and the lovely behavior was gradually replaced with violence. “Vis o Ramin” is the first Persian love story in poetry which was translated into Persian language from Pahlavi scriptures by Fakhr al-Din As’ad Gorgani in 11th century (5th Hejira century). According to Dr. Sirous Shamisa, “Vis o Ramin” has been neglected for two reasons: First – It is a story of ancient social structures, i.e. t aditions and customs. Second – It openly narrates a fully material love. “Vis o Ramin” is the story of hidden love, a lost memory and re-creation of a forbidden document.