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Baba Taher Oryan mausoleum - Hamedan

A Shrine next to BabaTaher
Baba Taher (also spelled as Baba Tahir) is known as one of the most revered and respectable early poets in Persian literature. Most of his life is clouded in mystery. He probably lived in Hamadan. His nickname, Oryan (the Naked), suggests that he was a wandering dervish, or mystic. Legend tells that the poet, an illiterate woodcutter, attended lectures at a religious school, where he was not welcome by his fellow-students. The date of his birth and death are unknown. One source indicates that he died in 1019. If this is accurate, then Baba Taher is a contemporary of Ferdowsi and Pour Sina (Avicenna) and an immediate precursor of Omar Khayyam. Another source reports that he lived between 1000 and 1055, which is most unlikely. Reliable research notes speculate that Baba Taher lived for seventy-five years. His tomb is in Hamadan, the capital city of the Hamadan province in Iran.
Baba Taher poems are recited to the present day all over Iran accompanied with Seh Tar (three stringed viol or lute). The quatrains (Dubayti or two-bayt metre poems) of Baba Taher are also written in local accents such as Mazanderani. They say Pahlaviat to these kinds of poems and they are very ancient. Baba Taher songs originally read in Pahlavi, Luri, Kurdish and Hamadani dialects, taking their present form in the course of time. The quatrains of Baba Taher have a more amorous and mystical connotation rather than philosophical (Various Sources).

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