The sheidune transport

The "sheidune" is one of the symbols of the mourning ceremonies of the inhabitants of Dezful who in Persian is called "sheidâne". The people of Dezful, on the day of Âshurâ, carry an arch with four small minarets with a dome in the middle of them depicting scenes of the sushurâ on the style of the paintings of a coffee house; the interior and exterior walls are decorated with different names like that of Imam Hossein, Imam Hassan and other Imams. This bow is called "sheidune" and the offerings of the people contained in it as bread, halvâ and dates, are distributed to charity. The sheidunes are dedicated to the heroes who played a role on the day of Tâsu'â. The sheidune is almost like the palm tree with this difference, that at the top it is almost smooth, flat and lighter than the palm and finally moving it is simpler. Often the ancient and famous groups that play a role in the mourning ceremonies in this city, have a sheidune which has generally been given the name of one of the innocent, martyrs of Karbala. Sheidune is the symbol of the mausoleum of someone whose sheidune bears his name. Even the city of Shushtar has one that on the eighth day of the Moharram is decorated and wrapped with colorful drapes and multicolored spheres called "Tokhm-e Simorgh". The groups of the participants in the mourning ceremonies on the day of Tâsu'â and Âshurâ take from their Hossenyeh the decorated sheidune of their neighborhood and place it in the front row. For this reason Tâsu'â and Âshurâ is known as the day "in which one takes the sheidune". To pick it up and carry it, some strong men take two large, tall wooden boards that, underneath the sheidune, have tied to the boards and raise them and load them on their shoulders. These men move accompanied by the particular sound of the drum, the horn, the tympanum and the cymbal.

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