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Arash Kamangir

Arash the Archer, Arash the Bowman

آرش کمانگیر


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Arash Kamangir is a heroic archer of Iranian oral tradition and folklore.It's very possible that the English word arch has been driven from Arash the Archer.Arash the archer: Several sources have considered Arash to be the origin of the name Arshk (Arsaces), founder of the Parthian dynasty.As is typical for names from oral tradition, there are numerous variations of Arash. In Avesta the name appears as Erekhsha, which means, one who has the swiftest arrow among the Iranians. The basic story of Arash Kamangir goes as follows: In a war between the Iranians and the Aniranians, General Afrasiab surrounded the forces of the righteous Manouchehr, and the two sides agreed to make peace. They reached an agreement that whatever land falls within the range of a bow-shot shall be returned to the Iranians. An angel descended upon Manoucheh and instructed him to construct a special bow and arrow, and Arash is asked to be the archer. Arash then fires the specially-prepared arrow at dawn, which then traveled a great distance before finally landing and so marking the future border between the Iranians and the Aniranians. Arash who put all his force in that single shot, fell on the very spot and becomes a martyr. The heroic epic of Arash as a great symbol of Iranian patriotism has already inspired many artist in creation of paintings, statues, books, games and movies.The location from which Arash fired his arrow is Airyo khshaotha according to Avesta Later sources typically place the location of the shot somewhere just south of the Caspian Sea, variously in Tabarestan, a mountain-top in Ruyan, Amol fortress, and Mount Damavand. The place the arrow landed is variously identified as Mount Khvanvant in Avesta, Balkh or Marv. According to Biruni, it hit a nut tree between Fargana and Tabaristan, in the furthest reaches of the Greater Khorasan.The name Arash remains of the most popular boy names among Iranians.

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The Imam Square in the city of Sari in Mazandaran province. The legendary Kiani hero Arash the Archer rides his chariot. Horses seem to have a wild spirit and this may have disturbed some Aniranian people who ordered its removal.
A remarkable statue of Arash Kamangir(Archer) Legendary Hero of Ancient Persia in a park in Izeh. The story of Arash has been mentioned in Avesta and three times in Shahnameh of Ferdowsi. In a war with enemy, Arash is asked to throw a bow and end the war.
Tehran Metro Taleghani Station A copperwork showing Arash Kamangir (the Archer) a legendary Kiani hero that put all his stregnth and his life in an arrow defining the borders of Iran. Although half of the arch is missing, it's appealing.
Statue of Arash Archer, the legendary Iranian hero in front of Tehran's iconic Milad Tower.Arash shoots his arrow at dawn, which traveled a great distance before finally landing and so marking the future border between the Iranians and the Aniranians.

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