Iraq – Sulaymaniyah holds an event about the Legend of Shammaran


Location: Sulaymaniyah – Iraq

Language: Arabic

Voice: Natural

Duration: 00:03:44

Source: A24

Restrictions: A24 Clients

Dateline: 18-04-2022


Some Sulaymaniyah activists and students of Institutes of Fine Arts, with the support of the University of Sulaymaniyah, held an event about the Kurdish legend of Shammaran. The story is about the queen of snakes, who is half snake and half woman. She saved a poor woodcutter who fell into a well full of snakes, in return she made him promise not to reveal her secret to anyone, but the woodcutter broke his promise because of the temptations of money by the ruler.  The snake of Shammaran was killed but it remained an icon of loyalty and nature to the Kurds. Shamiran is also seen as a source of goodness and healing among people.

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Soundbite (Bakhtiar Saeed – Artist):

“The snake of Shammaran is one of the ancient Kurdish legends that represents the fulfillment of what a person promises in his life. This legend is Kurdish and till the present time, it is embodied in artwork to express loyalty.”

SOUNDBITE (Media Raouf-Fiction writer):

“Shammaran is a Kurdish legend. This event aims to encourage youth and society to preserve the environment.”

SOUNDBITE (Ronak Assi – Feminist Activist):

“We preserve nature and send messages to people through art. The participants in this activity are students from the Institutes of Fine Arts. The event is sponsored by the University of Sulaymaniyah.”

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