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Ritual Athletics of Iran

Year: 1972, 28 mins - NTSC
Code: CAT-Ritual

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Scenes of a highly stylized Iranian religious ritual involving weightlifting, wrestling, dancing and calisthenics, performed by a group of Iranian Moslems for whom this is communal worship. Devotees practice feats of strength and exercise as a type of prayer; their self-discipline an homage to the body as the home of the soul.


Theater and dance critic Faubion Bowers, an expert on Eastern Art forms, provides an informative commentary. This documentary was filmed before the 1979 revolution that led to the present theocratic government of Iran.

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