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  • James Tam 谭炳昌

Impressions from Iran (2) — Persian Bazaars 伊朗印象(2)- 波斯市集

Updated: Oct 24, 2022

Tehran Bazaar 德黑兰市集

Whenever I visit a strange place, I like to see its markets. They tell me a lot about the locals’ lives, habits, social order, living standard, and behaviour towards each other. For example, supermarkets are efficient, impersonal, and cold, while advertising “organic” produce. I wonder who invented them.

Persian Bazaars are colourful, personal, and busy, but clean and quiet comparing with their Far East counterparts. Iranians do bargain, but not at the expense of sanity and composure. They don’t scream and exchange curses ritualistically before finalising a deal. The bazaars open early in the morning, then take a long nap after lunch before resuming in the late afternoon. Normally, there’s a seemingly incongruous tomb of an imam and/or a religious school in the midst of fragrant herbs and sticky candies, probably to remind people of their spiritual needs while depraving the bodies with yummy food and colourful fabrics.



伊朗人的饮食文化也有凉燥冷热的阴阳调和概念 Iranians have a Yin Yang "hot" "cold" concept in food similar to the Chinese

Afternoon Nap 午后小睡 能养天年

Apple Seller openly counting his millions. No worries about getting mugged 买苹果的老伯当街数身家,也不担心钱财露眼

Looks like a specialty store doesn't it? Owner was off somewhere chatting, leaving it unattended 看上去像个专门店吧!店主去了隔壁聊天,无人看管

Three wise men watching time pass 三位老人家一同看着时光飞逝

Many arts and crafts were created in the shops 不少工艺品就在店内生产

A retired arts professor running his own shop 一个退休的艺术教授自己开店营业

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