Of course I mean figuratively. Most Shahnamehs are expensive heirlooms. Even though no one in the family who is still alive has ever cracked it open long enough to figure out what all the scribbly lined hard to decipher poems in it mean. Proof is go right now to your family's copy and show me the dust on it.
Is Rostam really a Giant? Or was his immense size part of the metaphor Ferdowsi intended for us to envision? A physically large Rostam in order to depict him as the embodiment of the entire People of Iran, who like Rostam are so often forced to come to the rescue of Iran, from disasters that repeatedly seem to befall us? Yet like Rostam, the obvious solution, namely that Rostam should just push aside the king and rule Iran himself for once, somehow seems to elude us too.
When Rostam kills his son Sohrab, is that another metaphor for us to heed? That we must nurture and love and protect our future, for if we are not careful we might inadvertently destroy it in our selfishness?
Certainly heady stuff wouldn't you say!
But most people don't think this hard about the Shahnameh. They think its a fun and harmlessly cute 3D animated action adventure story. An Iranian cultural comic book if you will. A nice romantic story about a hero and the classic battle of good against evil. Something George Lucas should make a blockbuster movie and console game out of.
Enshallah one day!
I however, your unfiltered subconscious, think it is a bane, or curse of sorts. On us. By fully documenting our continued precarious plight literally, it has in a way locked us away forever inside it. Literally.
Now that would be a good movie!
We seem to trapped in a groundhogs day of the same repeating scenario.
A "King" conquers us in the name of liberating us from our previous king who oppressed us. In doing so or seeing how easy it is to do, our new king becomes naturally corrupt and proceeds to oppress us all over again. And again. And again. And again.
Can I at least get a Voy! out of you on that point?
Since this is the very same metaphor that the Shahnameh depicts, clearly the only metaphorical way out of this unserendipitous mess is to rip or burn away the now seemingly obvious connection between us and the Shahnameh somehow.
Something grand. Something spiritually symbolic. Simething on a Zoroastrian scale! Something like a ritual burning of it, page by page, verse by verse, ugly badly proportioned naghali painting by naghali painting. In order to exorcise the Deev that has surely somehow gotten a hold of our innocent fate.
Maybe someone can make a YouTube video of it and then we can all symbolically share in the ritual and collectively break the spell.
Other than that and maybe vocally objecting to Iran and its corrupt, tyrannical and oppressive policies towards its own people, I can't really think of another solution.
What do you think?