Iranian Cartoonist Uses Shahnameh Characters to Make Animations on Coronavirus

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 10:43

An innovative Iranian cartoonist, Jamal Rahmati, has been inspired by the characters of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh to make an animation series named “The Seven Adventures of Coronavirus”.

According to an ISCA report, the coronavirus is inspiring many artists and cartoonists as a way to cope with and defeat it, therefore, Jamal Rahmati was inspired by Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, an epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of Greater Iran, and released the first part of the seven-episode comedy series of “Rustam and Zakariya against Corona.”

In this episode, Rustam, the most celebrated legendary hero in the Shahnameh, and his horse Rakhsh ally with Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariya Razi (Rhazes), the great physician of the Islamic world during the ninth century CE, to fight coronavirus.

The animation aims at entertaining children, who have been kept in quarantine at their homes over the past three weeks due to the coronavirus epidemic in the country, while teaching them how to protect themselves against the new virus.

“The Seven Adventures of Corona” refers to “The Seven Adventures of Rustam”, one of the compelling stories from the Shahnameh.

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