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Zoorkhane: House of Strength

July 28, 2014 - December 19, 2014
Manoa Campus, Hamilton Library Alcove

Zoorkhane is the traditional Iranian gymnasium where Varzesh-e bastani or 'Ancient Sport' is practiced. Varzesh-e bastani is one of the oldest continuing martial arts traditions in the world. The zoorkhane tradition is a synthesis of past and present elements from Iranian culture and Islamic traditions. It is a place where sports, beliefs, visual arts, poetry, and music blend and create a unique tradition. The zoorkhane promotes bodily strength as an outward expression of inner qualities. The aim of this tradition is the development of physical ability and technique, alongside the development of the mind and spirit.

Photographs by Maseeh Ganjali

Funding for this trip and project came through contributions from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute and the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Undergraduate Research Awards.


Ticket Information
Free & open to public during building hours

Event Sponsor
Library Services, Manoa Campus

More Information
Teri Skillman, 956-8688, skillman@hawaii.edu

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