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This photograph shows the inside of a zoorkhaneh, a traditional Iranian wrestling gym, in Tehran. The artist has explained that ‘tradition forbids presence of women’ in zurkhana. Atashi includes herself in the scene through a reflection in a mirror. Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi is honoring wrestling champion Gholamreza Takhti, presenting him a medallion but Takhti does not bow his head even in front of the Shah depicting the fact that it takes much to be a Pahlevan. Champion Hossein Rezazadeh nicknamed Iranian Hercules held the title of the strongest man in the world with Snatch: 213 kg in Qinhuangdao on September 14, 2003. Iranian weightlifter Behdad Salimi broke his record in Nov, 2011 in Paris. Iranian Champion Behdad Salimi breaks world record snatch 214kg in Nov, 2011 in Paris. He thus broke the 213kg record belonging to legandary Iranian Hossein Rezazadeh earning the title : Strongest man in the world. A scene from Shahnameh (the epic of kings) by famous Iranian poet Ferdowsi shows the pahlevan Rostam Dastan killing the Dragon while his white horse Rakhsh watches on. Rostam was from Zabulistan in Persian mythology and son of Zal and Rudaba. An illustration from A JOURNEY FROM FLUSHING (HOLLAND) TO CALCUTTA, OVERLAND shows Qajar era Zoorkhaneh Pahlevans Wrestling in open air in 1902 depicting the fact that this sport is not necessarily done underground as is in common belief.

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