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November Moritats – Dragon of Mamatin

He was from Boneh Sohrab. Nobody knew his age. For a long time, instead of his first name in the lofty logs, which smelled of gasoline and blood and protest, the smell of November and 2019 and the lost lives, it was written in parentheses: “Name: Unknown”

And if one searches, one will still find his unknown little name between two swollen lines (parentheses) before his older name in the free encyclopedia, under Ramhormoz, and that was because in those days the obituary writers still did not know that he was the youngest to die in November. This passed until one day, someone found his tombstone on which it was engraved: Spring (DOB) Jan 08, 2007, Fall (DOD) November 16, 2019 and then everyone realized that it’s possible to be a 12-year-old boy in Ramhormoz and when returning home from school, around the governorate building could be ambushed by city Basijis on Basij Boulevard, get shot in the chest and die.

Everyone understood that it was possible to be born in the winter and write “spring” on the tombstone. It’s possible after your murder, the murderer come and engrave the “martyr” word on the tombstone with a red line before your first name, right above your father’s name, Yusuf, who once told you epic tale of the third episode of Esfandiar (a legend from Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh) and the black blood of a dragon that has been flowing from the Mamatin Springs (1) for thousands of years, before you go to sleep and you don’t realize that you are not immortal like Esfandiar. It’s possible that today the dragon describes martyrdom in the third grade Persian textbook with the myth of the children who while their lives were being taken and before putting them in the ground, were forced to write: Our leader is the small hand grenade which with its heart, explodes a 13-year-old kid under enemy’s tank and the dragon became the leader of child workers and hand grenades which educate martyrdom.(2) He then destroyed one hundred and seventy-six small and large hearts in the sky with two large missiles on the anniversary of your “spring” on Jan 08, 2020, after he was slobbering with severe revenge. And it was possible that that morning, when you were going to school from Boneh Sohrab, and all realized it was possible, that you wouldn’t know your “fall” has arrived and the 3rd episode’s dragon is waiting for you to come back from school so he could order your chest to be torn apart and the next day he says: “I’ll say this. Nobody help these thugs. No wise and worthy person who is interested in his own country, is interested in his comfortable life, should not help these; These are miscreants, this is not the work of ordinary people,” and ordered Mr. Ahmadi to say in your Farsi book (3) that the pure bodies of the martyrs have been found in this area, but there is no name or address of them, which is why they are called anonymous martyrs.

But everyone saw your tombstone. Everyone understood why the martyr was sitting on a rock like a crooked snake, constantly biting in your name, and you were not anonymous.


Translation of this article by Sahar.

(1) Mamatin Tar Springs are very dear to the local people in Ramhormoz. There are many legends about them, but in one of them, Esfandiar kills the dragon who was holding his sister, its blood pours out from these springs. Mamatin Springs have been flowing for thousands of years.

(2) This was one of the most effective and famous regime’s propaganda programs who sent many teenagers to the front lines. Well-known Khomeini’s quote about Hossein Fahmideh, who was a 13-year-old student killed in Iran-Iraq war by going under an Iraqi tank with a grenade in his hand. Years later, it has become clear that it was just a myth.

(3) Refers to the Farsi book on 3rd grade where a person called “Mr. Ahmadi” tell a story about Iran-Iraq war, martyrdom and how some who lost their lives in that war remained unidentified.

Arezou Saaberi
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