Goli Taraghi’s Story Culture, Lifestyle and Beliefs of Yazd

Goli Taraghi’s story, “The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons,” is a fantastic story that centers on the mentality, lifestyle, culture, and beliefs of women especially mothers in Yazd. The story depicts the mentality of mothers towards their children’s life abroad with regards to their culture for fear of foreign influence (Taraghi). The pomegranate fruit is used in the story to reveal the benefits and significance of mothers in the conservation of Iran cultures and beliefs (Taraghi, n.d.). This paper will discuss on the culture, lifestyle, beliefs, and location of Yazd as well as the mentality of old women in Yazd, the benefits of pomegranates and its importance in the story and the lessons learned from the story including the significance of the research.

            Yazd is a large city which is one of the oldest cities in Iran. Its geographical location is large with a deliberate value since it is situated in a barely accessible location making it nearly unconquerable in western Asia in a high plateau located between the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea at the south (Somervill, 62). Yazd is located in a hostile climate with numerous hardships such as water scarcity and inefficient air conditioning. As per the 2011 Iranian census, the population of Yazd was 468,150 from 168,527 families, which encompasses 297,548 men and 285,134 women. Yazd is well known as the place of conserved Persian culture (Somervill, 63). The people of Yazd including women have held on to preserve the Iranian culture. The Iranian culture is enriched with cultural symbolism most of which is derived from ancient times.

             In Yazd, family matters are fundamental since they assume their responsibilities in their families very earnestly. Women are entitled to protection and as well considered inappropriate asking questions in relation to Iranian’s wife or any other female (Williams, 112). Mothers are very protective to their children. For instance, in the story, the old woman is worried about her sons as she hastily harries to catch a flight to Sweden to visit her sons she has not seen for years (Taraghi). Mothers are very cautious and participate in choosing the appropriate spouses for their sons to marry. Moreover, women especially the elderly place their family loyalty first before everything (Williams, 119). Like the old lady in the story, worried about her sons who were brought up overseas. She is even more scared that her sons might have forgotten their mother tongue (Taraghi). In Yazd, wedding rituals are carried out in two stages. Aghd is the initial stage representing the legalized aspects of Iranian marriage, whereby the groom and bride enter into a marriage agreement by signing a contract typically at the bride’s home (Marashi, 6). Jashn-e Aroosi is the following stage which is the wedding reception involving feasting and celebrating.

            Moreover, in Yazd, it is a culture that everyone has to observe time, ensure to never be late and being punctual is highly appreciated (Marashi, 12). This is evident in the story when the old woman claims that she is willing to offer her life to the detained woman but she is running late and she cannot afford being left behind (Taraghi). The old woman despite empathizing and willing to help the detained woman, she acknowledges punctually and walks away to keep time instead. Nonetheless, it is a custom and etiquette for people in Yazd to recognize and show respect by greeting their elders first. To add on that, introductions are normally limited to those of the same sex because men and women hang put separately (Gharipour, 88).  Typically the people from Yazd greet each other and take time to talk about important things.

            The mentality of the women in Yazd is deemed to be quite unique. Their mentality seems to be rude when attending to other people. It comes naturally since it is a different society which is their lifestyle. This is evident in the story when the detained lady rubbishes the old woman request for help quickly which seemed rude by telling the old woman that could she not see that she was busy and find someone else to help her (Taraghi). Additionally, it is the mentality of Yazd old women that their sons should marry women of their religion and speak the same language. The old woman in the story is quite worried about her son who married a European woman speaking a foreign language and not from a different religion (Taraghi). Due to the language barrier, she is worried about how she is going to communicate with the foreign woman. Moreover, old women in Yazd have the mentality that Iranian women from Yazd are the most beautiful women in the world (Taraghi). The woman in the story proves this when she suggests that her son should have married An Iranian woman from Yazd since they are the most beautiful.

It is a belief that people from Yazd should stick to their language anywhere anytime and not conform to any other foreign language (Gharipour, 91). The old woman shows this when she openly told the air hostess who wanted her to fasten her seatbelt that she does not speak any foreign language. The people of Yazd believe that they should preserve their culture and lifestyle. They have restricted dressing code, such as women are supposed to wear a headscarf and overcoats long enough to cover up their entire body (Taraghi). Moreover, it is a lifestyle and culture of the Yazd elderly to depend and seek for assistance from the younger people provided they are of the same sex. The younger people as well are required to always help the elderly, anytime and anywhere. This is clear from the old woman’s actions as she asks for assistance for almost everything at her own convenience from the beginning when she arrived at the airport to her point of destination which is Sweden.

In essence, pomegranate fruit has been tactfully used in the story to depict the culture, lifestyle, and beliefs of the women and people of Yazd at large. Typically, pomegranate is a fabulous fruit and what makes it special being the fact that it is delicious and healthy as well. A pomegranate fruit is regarded to be an antiviral, antioxidant, and antitumor in nature which is considered to be an enriched vitamins source like vitamin E, A, and C (Gharipour, 101). This fruit is considered to be significant in sustaining an effective and proper blood flow and circulation which aids in regaining drained strength. Pomegranate fruit is a very powerful and useful fruit that is used to treat various ailments. Pomegranate fruit is therefore used in the story to symbolize the significance of the old women in restoring preserving the culture, lifestyle, and beliefs of the Yazd people. The Pomegranate woman in the story is seen to be so preservative to her Iranian culture and seems worried about her sons who she thinks might have been consumed and adapted to foreign cultures. She is seen to make efforts of encouraging people to stick to their own Iranian culture.

To sum up, from the story, I was able to learn that our cultures are so important in our lives. The efforts that the pomegranate woman puts to preserve and encourage her sons to stick to their culture and lifestyle is remarkable. Mothers are very protective to their children. I learned that old women and other elder people are the custodians of our cultures. This research has further enabled me to get a better understanding of the Iranian culture particularly for the people of Yazd.  I was able to get to learn that according to Iranian culture, young people are required to help the elderly. Punctuality is appreciated as lateness is not tolerated. Moreover, mothers are the caregivers in charge of the moral well-being of the family. Also, I learned that a mother is considerate of their son’s wife chose to marry and should be from the same culture as theirs, speaking the same language. In the Iranian culture particularly the young people of Yazd should great their elders first when they come across them. Out of this research and the story, I am now knowledgeable about the Yazd Iranian culture, lifestyle, and beliefs. Through understanding this culture, I get to understand the importance of cultures and beliefs in our day to day lives and as well get to know the roles I should play in ensuring that my culture is preserved and appreciated by all.

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