The Colourful World of ASAYER
Music and dance are inseparable parts of the wedding; typical Bakhtiari music consists of saz (Bakhtiari flute with eight holes on top and two below) and the duhul (rudimentary drum made of sheep’s and goat’s skin, on which the drummer would hit with a curved goat’s horn). Bakhtiari minstrels (Toshmal) only have these two instruments which while playing them; beautiful local songs (Di Balal) reach your ears sung by tribeswomen. In typical Bakhtiari dance, the young men hold each other’s belt in a large circle with the girls in colorful Bakhtiari dress rotating in a smaller circle within. The girls hold colorful kerchiefs in each hand. The two groups only pass by each other in their regular rotation without touching. There are some different types of dances according to the dual's beat. These folkloric dances have been repeated for centuries; nothing can change their unsophisticated but traditional steps and movements.At the end of the first day of the wedding ceremony, while the bride is going to the groom’s tent, she carries a baby boy in her arms to ensure her first child will be a boy. The wedding ceremony often takes several days to complete.