Traditional Iranian “Zoor Khaneh” music recorded in 1956
The traditional Zoor Khaneh music is performed by a “Morshed”. Zoor Khaneh which means house of strength in Persian, are traditional gymnasiums were “Varzesh-e Bastani” (Ancient sport) which is a mix of wrestling and other martial arts is practiced.
"The morshed (the traditional singer in Zoor khaneh) dictates the pace by beating a goblet drum while reciting Gnostic poems and stories from Persian mythology. As the most important member of the Zoor Khaneh, the morshed leads prayer sessions and spurs the athletes on with poems in praise of Shi’ite imams and excerpts from the Shahnameh. The singing itself once served as a form of oral education, passing down social knowledge, moral codes and religious teachings to the warriors in training."
Very much worth listening to.