Color­ful Iran: ‘Ga griv’ by Bakhtiari no­mads

Tehran Times - - LIFE -

Ga griv, which lit­er­ally means weep­ing, is a kind of el­egy re­cited by Bakhtiari no­mads, a sub­group of Lors, who live in south­west­ern Iran.

Ga griv is re­cited mostly by women dur­ing fu­neral cer­e­monies. They are mainly spon­ta­neous lyrics, cre­ated ac­cord­ing to char­ac­ter­is­tics of the late. Nowa­days men also re­cite ga griv for dead per­sons as well. It is mostly de­scrip­tion of good char­ac­ter­is­tics and habits of the per­son.

Var­i­ous tribes and eth­nic groups who live in dif­fer­ent parts of Iran are just like colors, which make a great paint­ing. Iran is home to about 20 eth­nic groups who live in dif­fer­ent re­gions of the coun­try.

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