The sheidune transport

The "sheidune" is one of the symbols of the mourning ceremonies of the inhabitants of Dezful which 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 center of them on which scenes of the Âshurâ are depicted in the style of the paintings of a coffee house; the internal and external walls are decorated with different names such as that of Imam Hossein, Imam Hassan and other Imams. This bow is called "sheidune" and the people's offerings contained in it such as bread, halvâ and dates, are distributed to charity. The sheidune are dedicated to the heroes who played a role in the day of Tâsu'â. The sheidune is almost like the palm with this difference that it is almost smooth, flat and lighter at the top than the palm and finally moving it is easier. Often the ancient and famous groups that play a part 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. The sheidune is the mausoleum symbol of someone whose sheidune bears her name. The city of Shushtar also has one that on the eighth day of Moharram is decorated and wrapped with colorful drapes and multicolored spheres called “Tokhm-e Simorgh”. Groups of participants in mourning ceremonies on the day of Tâsu'â and Âshurâ take the decorated sheidune of their neighborhood from their Hossenyeh and place it in the front row. For this reason Tâsu'â and Âshurâ is known as the day "when one takes the sheidune". To pick it up and carry it, some strong men take two large and tall wooden boards that under the sheidune they have tied to the boards and lift 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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