The Myth of Bahram Gor

Bahram Gor of the Sassanid dynasty was a shahinhash in Iran and ruled from 420 to 438. There are so many popular legends about the king of the kings and his deeds. In legends, he was described as a strong ruler and a lover. He had thousands of hetaeras and wives in harems. Bahram Gor was a famous hunter. In the Middle Ages, scenes of hunting of the king were often depicted on the dishes. Barham received his nickname Gor (wild goat) for his wild and passionate character. Gor is associated with the deity of Veretragna, who symbolized power and the masculine principle.

In one of the myths, a scene from a hunt of Bahram Gór is described. One day he went hunting together with his beloved Azada. The lovers rode a camel, adorned with rich brocade. Suddenly two gazelles crossed the way. And then Azada asked the lover to turn the female into a male with an arrow, and then to turn male into a female. And then the king pulled on his bow and shot an arrow with two tips. With one arrow he crashed the horns of the male. Bahram shot the next two arrows into the head of the female, turning it into a male with horns. And then Azada took a pity on the gazelles and started weeping. Bahram Gor remembering Azada’s wishes, threw the girl under the feet of a camel and trampled on her. He never took the girls on a hunt again.

The last legend tells about the death of Bahram Gor. It is said that after the death of the shahshah, the earth parted and swallowed him.

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