As many know or say: “In these days, the Mullahs and the US are exchanging green signals. The Jewish Nazi, the American pigs, and other Western bastards are barking and/or working for the US-Mullah love affair. Khatamists and other traitors still try to betray Iran and Iranians. And [the anti-Iran Mafia], from the American pigs and the Jewish Nazi to [the British barbarians] and the Islamists, are desperately trying to hurt and betray the Iranian people”. But the current events are not new things. As some wise Iranians say: “The Ministry of Truth brainwash non-Iranians; many things including the voices of the ordinary people are censored; many know nothing about Iranians, Iran’s gifts to mankind, the West’s big lies, the Western censorship, the reality of the West, etc. In fact, the bad guys try to brainwash the people and hide the truth. But even what Europeans already wrote about Iran and Europe -from the books of the ancient Greeks to those travel books that have been written by Europeans in the past centuries (before the 19th century and Iran’s decline)- can reveal the truth”. Those who want to know the truth and those who want to know the present, both should know the past. So here lets focus on what Europeans already said about Iran (Persia). But instead of starting with Xenophon or Herodotus and their funny confessions, lets start with Adam Olearius (1599- 1671) and his travel book on Iran . “Adam Olearius was a 17th-century German diplomat. In 1633, Olearius entered the service of Frederick III (1597- 1659), ruler of the Duchy of Holstein. As secretary and counselor, he took part in a diplomatic mission that tried to explore a new trade route with Persia. Olearius published the first edition of his travels in 1647. And now, you can see his book as a German confession !”, some wise Iranians say. As we said before, the 17th century Iran (in the Safavid era) was still more powerful, more advanced, and more modern than Europe. As some Iranians say: “In the 17th century, Europe was still so backward (and many of today’s European countries didn’t exist). Since the 14th century, after Morco Polo, the West that was so backward and so uncivilized, started to learn many things from Iran, India, and China. In the 17th century, Europe still tried to learn many things from Iran, and as some Europeans say: ‘Olearius provided the first comprehensive description of Persia since antiquity. Olearius could learn Persian language, and could know more about Iran”. Adam Olearius was a German diplomat/ politician, and it’s obvious that he just confessed to part of the truth. But even Olearius’s confessions -ie a politician’s confessions- can show you part of the reality of Iran and Europe. So, lets take a look at parts of his travel book. Olearius says: “The city of Ispahan [Isfahan] is a metropolis. The streets of Isfahan are so broad that twenty horse might have rid a-breast in any of them. The Maydan [square], or marketplace, though it had shops all about it, is so large that I cannot imagine there is any in Europe comes near it “ Iranian cities and Iranian marketplaces were larger and more modern than Europe’s, and that’s why Olearius adds: “The Persian market-place consists of several streets, and is so full of shops, and those shops so full of all sorts of merchandises. There is nothing, though ever so rare in the world, which is not to be had here and at a very reasonable rate“. Even in 17th century, Iran was much more modern than Europe. As Olearious says: “Epidemical diseases, such as the bloody-flux [dysentery] and the plague, are not so ordinary here [in Persia] as in Europe“ It’s so important and says a lot about Iran and Europe. Olearius adds: “All provinces of Persia are healthier than Europe. Persians are long lived. It’s an ordinary thing to see persons of a hundred years of age” Olearius talks about “the continuance of their health, and length of their lives”, and adds: “The Persians are very neat, as well in their rooms and furniture of them, as in their habit; wherein they would not have so much as a spot to be seen: insomuch that those who are of ability to do it, change them as soon as they are ever so little stained, and others, who are not much before hand with the world, have them washed once a week. Which is very much contrary to the humor of the Muscovites [and Europeans], among whom a man seldom see any clothes but what are full of nastiness and shine with grease. Nay it is certain that the stables and other such houses of the Persians are kept much neater than the stoves and lodging chambers of the Muscovites [and Europeans]”  It’s so important, and says a lot about the dirty barbarians. “[In Persia,] After meal, there is warm water brought in for the washing of their hands“, Olearius added. In fact, when Europeans lived like dirty pigs, Iranians were very neat, and it says a lot about the ungrateful West.
What Olearius says about “The commerce of the Persians” that was “incomparably greater than Europe” is funny and important. For instance, Olearius says: “The Persian have an abundance of buffaloes, especially towards the Caspian Sea, near Ardebil, etc where some peasants have five or six hundred of them. The Persians have also great flocks of goats, and they eat the flesh of them. Of the suet they make candles; and it is of their skins that they make the leather which we call Marroquin, and is brought through Muscovy and Poland into the other provinces of Europe”  In fact, the Iranian products were exported to Europe and other parts of the world, and you could find the Persian products in many parts of the world. In the 17th century, Iran was still a global superpower. Olearius says: “There are ordinarily about twelve thousand Indians in the city [of Isfahan], who have (most of them) their shops near those of the Persians in the Maydan, and their merchandises in the caravansaries, where they have their habitations and their store-houses” He also adds: “Besides these Indians, there is a great number of Jews, Turks, English, Dutch, French, Italians and Spaniards”  It’s so important. In fact, it shows how Europeans learned many things from Iranians, and how they went to Iran and learned and bought many things. The historical and ancient relations between Iran and India is important as well. As some wise Iranians say: “Since the ancient time, Iran and India have had close ties. Indians often bought their industrial needs from Iran, and sold their agricultural products to Iranians. Since the ancient time, Iran and India, as two neighbors with many cultural similarities, have had special relations. Many Indians knew that only Great Iran, that was a superpower, can defend and protect the subcontinent from the Barbarian West and other barbarians. And only when Iran became weak, the Barbarian West and other barbarians could hurt both Iran and India. Since the ancient time, Iran, India, and China as the main civilizational, industrial, agricultural, commercial, and cultural powers of the world, have had close ties/ relations, and the Silk road is just one example”. They also add: “Now, Iran, India, and China can be totally independent of the West, and can become global superpowers, if they can know the West and geopolitics, and if they can forget the Western/ barbarian values, and instead, can restore the Eastern/ civil values. India and China should know that the Iranian people are watching them. India and China should show that Iran’s old friends are not as stupid, ungrateful, opportunist, and shortsighted as the stupid West and other bastards”. Olearius writes about ‘Persian Money’, and says: “The ordinary money of Persia is of silver and brass. The Persians call money Pul, but there is one particular kind thereof, which they call kasbeki, where of forty make an Abbasi. When they are to name great sums, they use Tuman, each thereof is worth fifty Abbasi. Abbasi’s value is about the third part of a rixdollar; so that they are about 18d. sterling [d. denoted British pence]”  In fact, as some wise Iranians say: “1 Tuman was equal to 900 British pence in the 17th century, while now in 2013 and in these shitty conditions, 1 British penny is equal to about 20 Tumans (there were 12 pennies in one Shilling. And there were 20 shillings in one pound)”. The value of the Persian money in the 17th century says a lot Iran and Europe. As Olearius says: “The Persian receive from foreigners no other money than rixdollars, or Spanish ryals, which they immediately convert to Abbasi, and gain a fourth part by the money. [In Persia], the money-changers, called Saraffi, have their shops or offices in the Maydan, and are obliged to bring all foreign money to the public mint, which they call Zarab-Khane”  It’s so important. As some wise Iranians say: “Iran had a modern system at that time. Iranians still change money at Saraffi. But even when Europeans were backward nations, Iranians had Saraffi and National Mint”. Olearius writes about many interesting facts. For instance, he says: “There are gold and silver mines in Persia, [and] the best iron comes from Masula (in Gilan), where it is so soft and tractable that it is malleable and yields to the hammer without hating”. He also adds: “There are [an] abundance of horses in Persia, most of them well made. They are very handsome about the head, neck, ears, crupper, and legs”. Olearius that had read ‘Xenophone’s books’, said: “As Xenophone says, the Persians are strong and have great limbs and hawk-nosed. The Persians have a great fancy to black hair, and when it is not fully black they color it“ Such details are important and say a lot about the ungrateful West.
It’s interesting to note that even in the 17 century the Europeans were not familiar with Coffee. As Olearius says: “The Persians drink with their tobacco a certain black water which they call Cahwa [coffee], made of a fruit. In Persia, the Cahwa Chane [Coffee Shop or Coffee House] are those places where they take tobacco, and drink of a certain black water, which they call Cahwa [=Coffee]” . Unfortunately, the ungrateful West says nothing about such facts. The Europeans even didn’t know Tea, that has Iranian-Indian root. Olearius wrote: “The Persians [also use] tzai [tea] or Chai. It is an herb which hath long an narrow leaves about an inch in length and half an inch in breadth. In order to the keeping and transportation of it, they dry it so as that it turns to a dark gray color, inclining to black and so shriveled up that it seems not to be what it really is; but as soon as it is put into warm water it spreads and reassumes its former green color. The Persians boil it till the water hath got a bitterish taste and a blackish color and add thereto fennel, aniseed, or cloves, and sugar. This herb is now well known in parts of Europe” Such facts are important, but the ungrateful West has no shame, and just tells big lies. As Olearius says: “The Persians are of a ready wit and sound judgment. They apply themselves to studies and are very excellent in poesy. Their inventions are rich and their fancies subtle and strong. They are so far from being any way vain-glorious, but on the contrary they are complaisant, and of taking conversation very civil and obliging among themselves, but especially to strangers. The submissions wherewith they express themselves in their complements, exceed any thing they do in that kind in France” Olearius also adds: “The Persian are also modest and very reserved; whence it comes they never make water [i.e., urinate] standing“ Such details are so important and say a lot about Iran and the ungrateful West. As some wise Iranians say: “When Europeans lived like savage beasts or dirty pigs, Iranians were a great civilized nation. Read history and see why today’s Iranians say: The West is really uncultured and ungrateful”. Olearius adds: “The Persians are of a good nature and very sensible of any kindness done them; but where they hate, they are irreconcilable. They are courageous and good soldiers, going cheerfully upon any design or engagement though never so dangerous. As Herodotus says it was a vice the ancient Persians hates [liars], and that they made it their main business to bring up their young men to ride and shoot well and to speak the truth”  Now, I think, you can understand what Iranians say about the ungrateful West. Olearius adds: “The Persians are very faithful in observing the particular friendships they contract together, and they enter into fraternities among themselves which last as long as they live. In Germany there is no reckoning paid, but those drunken persons who club to it make some fraternity; yet is not the friendship contracted […] but in Persia it is far otherwise”  When the Western Barbarians ate or exploited humans, the Iranians cared about humanity, friendship, truth, kindness, tolerance, etc, and it’s so important. As Olearius says: “The Persians were very temperate and contended themselves with little meat, but they loved fruits. Accordingly, during the abode we made in Persia, I observed that one of their chief virtues was temperance, and that the Persians seldom eat flesh above once a day and that if they make another meal besides, it consists for the most part of butter, cheese and fruits”  What Olearius says is like what Xenophon said in about 2500 years ago. We will write more about Xenophon and his books later, but even people like Olearius can show you how the West’s Ministry of Truth systematically tells big lies. Olearius says: “There is not anything more ordinary in Persia than rice soaked in water. It’s called Polo [Pilaf]. They eat it at all their meals and serve it up in all their dishes, especially under boiled mutton. They sometimes put thereto a little of the juice of pomegranates or cherries and saffron, insomuch that commonly you have rice of several colors in the same dish” Olearius even says: “They make several sorts of wheat too. The Sengek are made upon the pebbles“ In fact, Olearius talks about the traditional Iranian foods that we have already written about them (check Archive). He also adds: “Persians make use of Pomegranates in their sauces whereto it gives a color and a piquant taste. Sometimes they boil the juice of these pomegranates and keep it to give a color to [the food], which they serve up at their entertainments. The Persians use sharp sauces with most of their meat and thence it comes that among them you very seldom find any person troubled with the scurvy, which is a disease too well known and mortal in Europe” Unfortunately, many know nothing about such facts. Many don’t know that Iranians used sauces and boiled fruit juices, ie Rob (that is preserved for a long time), and many other things since the ancient time (ie when Europeans ate humans!). As some Iranian scholars say: “At least since 2500 years ago, Iranians used pomegranate sauces (Rob) in their foods, including Fesenjan”. As Olearius says: “They have many fruits not know in Europe. The Persian fruits are kept not only all the winter but even till there are new ones to be had, and this is donewith such industry that to distinguish them from the new ones a man must put his finger to them and see whether the rind gives way; and by this means they are never without melons. They have a way also to keep grapes by wrapping them up in green reeds and hanging them up to the roof of their chambers”  Olearius also adds: “Persia has excellent fruits. As for those which are spent in the kitchen, they are there in great abundance, but incomparably better and more savory than in Europe. The Persian fruits are of an excellent taste. Their most precious fruits are the melons, and as their care in the ordering of them is extraordinary, so they have every year great quantities of them. The Persians have many fruits and fruit-trees not known to us in Europe” . As some wise Iranians say: “Since the ancient time, Iranians knew how to keep and preserve their fruits. Dried fruits, dried nuts, boiled fruit juices (Rob), different sauces, and the industry to keep and preserve fruits, and many other things are among the Iranian gifts to mankind. But if you ask yourself: ‘Why does the world know nothing about Iran’s gifts to mankind? and Why even those travel books on Iran that were written by Europeans in the 17th century are boycotted, like many other truth-teller books, and you cannot find any free and online versions of them in the internet (while other old and historical books have a free and online version)?’, you can see who try to hide the truth about Iran and the West, and why”. Think about it.
Those who want to know more about Iran’s gifts to mankind, can learn many things form what old Europeans like Adam Olearius (above pix [left]) said about Iran and Europe. For instance, Olearius says: “The Persian commonly play at chess, at which they are excellent and go beyond the Muscovites, whom I dare affirm to be the best gamesters at chess of any in Europe”  Olearius also adds: [It’s said that] the game of chess is a Persian invention”  [We would write more about the game of chess, as an Iranian gift to mankind, later]. Olearius talks about many interesting things in Iran. For instance, he says: “[In Persia,] one of our soldiers having had his pleasure of a woman, got away without paying her. She made her complaints to the judge, who sent to the ambassadors to entreat them to take some course that she might be satisfied”  And it says a lot about the women’s rights in Iran, even in the 17th century (Safavid era). Olearius can show you the Iranian values. He says: “Among other public structures, we may well take notice of the two monasteries of Italian and Spanish monks in Isfahan”  He also adds: “Divorce is lawful among the Persians, and the dissolution of the marriage is made before the judge upon hearing of what both parties have to allege for themselves: for it is lawful not only for the men but also for the women to give bills of divorce, showing good causes“ It’s important to note that divorce was not lawful in Europe, specially for women, at that time. But Olearius says: “We even were told a story of a Persian woman who desirous to part from her husband charged him with impotence. The husband desired the judge to command the woman to scratch his back; whereto she replied, ‘I have scratched thee so often, I am weary of it and thou wouldst never scratch me where it most itched’. Another complained of her husband that he would have done his work in the wrong place; whereupon the judge ordered her to be separated from him” The stupid, ungrateful West just love telling big lies about Iran. But people like Olearius, who visited Great Iran, can show you many things. For instance, Olearius says: “The Persians use all imaginable inventions to stir themselves up to lust, and to this end have they at all meetings, whether at common tippling houses or elsewhere, men and women dancers who provoke them by their obscene postures“ It’s important to note that most Europeans were fanatics and backward people at that time. Olearius’s pictures of Persian women (like above pix [right]) are informative. As Olearius says: “[At the wedding ceremony,] the Persians have dancing; the men dance by themselves in one room and the women by themselves in another room into which the music stands at the door”  Olearius talks about many special facts, like this one: “When all is done, the Persians think they have sufficiently expiated the sin of fornication, when immediately after they have had their pleasure of a woman, they either wash themselves or wash their bodies all over with water. [Iranians are always very neat]”  He also adds: “The Persians are more luxurious than any other nation in the world. Teriak or offioun [Opium] is commonly used among the Persians. They make pills of it of the bigness of a pea and take two or three of them at a time” Olearius says: “The Persians are put very young either to work or to school, to learn to write and read, there being very few Persians who cannot do both“ It’s so important, like what Xenophon said in 2500-years ago. Olearius adds: “As soon as the Persians begin to know the characters, they put them to read certain chapters taken out of the Quran and afterwards the whole Quran. Then they put them into the Gulistan, or the Rose Garden, of Sadi, and his Bustan, or Orchard, and at last into Hafiz. [Hafiz and Sadi are great Persian poets, both of Shiraz, which is the ancient Persepolis]. The children read very loud, and all at the same time, the same text, moving themselves all with the same agitation from one side to the other, much after the manner that the wind shakes reeds. They all write upon their knees. They make their ink of the rinds of pomegranates, or of galls, vitriol, etc. Their children are taught arithmetic in the schools with their writing and reading”  In fact, before Iran’s decline, many Iranians were literate, and that’s why Iran was a superpower. As Olearius says: “The Persians are much addicted to study, and they call their learned men philsuph [philosopher]. To this end they have their colleges, or universities, which they call Madresse and the professors who teach in them, Modaris. Their most eminent colleges are those of Isfahan, Shiraz, Ardebil, Mashad, Tabriz, Kazvin, Kom, Jescht, and Scamachie, etc. They have a particular inclination for arithmetic, geometry, eloquence, poetry, natural and moral philosophy, astronomy, astrology, law, and medicine, in regard they make some advantage of the profession of these sciences”  And it’s as important as this fact that today’s Iranians are among the most talented, well-educated, and politically aware people in the world. As some wise Iranians say: “In every millennium, Iranians have had some sorts of decline. But if the 4th century BC, the 7th century CE, or the 18th century were the time of Iran’s decline, the 21st century is the time of the Rise of Iran and restoring Iran’s golden centuries”. Olearius, like other European travelers, tried to introduce Iran’s achievements to Europe. He said: “The great trade of the city of Isfahan [is related to many things, including] a great number of caravansaries. These are spacious store-houses, built four-square and enclosed of all sides with a high wall for the security of foreign merchants [and Iranian merchants] who have their lodgings in them, as also for that of the commodities they bring thither. They are two or three stories high and have within, many conveniences, courts, chambers, halls, and galleries”  He also adds: “The Persian garden is kept by ten master-gardeners who have each of them ten men to work under them; and there is this further convenience in it, that when the fruits are fit to eat, they permit any that have a mind to go into it and to eat what they please of the fruits, paying 4 kasbeki; but they are forbidden to carry any away”. Persian wisdom/ tolerance was really a great gift to mankind.
Adam Olearius’ Route (1635- 1639) says a lot about Iran and Muscovy. As we said before, and as all educated people know, Russia is a new born country that didn’t exist before the 15th century. But it’s important to note that even at the time of Olearius, Russia was nothing but Muscovy. As some wise Iranians say: “Even in the 17th century, the so-called Russia was nothing but Muskovy, ie some areas around Moscow. But unfortunately, the Tatars and the so-called Russians that were as uncultured and ungrateful as the British Barbarians, made use of Iran’s Decline in the 19th century, invaded Iran, and with the help of the British Barbarians, they occupied many parts of Iran and killed many Iranians. Russia didn’t exist before 15th century, and only some groups of barbarians and animals lived in the frozen wastelands beyond Iran’s northern borders”. They also add: “Olearius talks about the backward Muscovy and the modern Persia. He talks about the Iranian cities and Iranian provinces, including Qarabaq, Iravan, Bakuje (Baku), Aderbajon (Azerbaijan). Olearius talks about today’s Uzbekistan and Tajikistan as part of the province of Chuaressen [Khurasan]. He also talks about today’s Armenia, Georgia, Daghestan, etc as part of the Iranian province of Aran”. The stupid West desperately tries to falsify the past and the present, but there are many facts that can reveal the truth; and Adam Olearius’s book is just one example. “Olearius employed as secretary to an embassy sent by a small German state to Muskovy (in 1633-34), and then in 1635 to Persia. Their commercial mission failed, but after returning to Holstein in 1639, Olearius continued in the Duke’s service and published the first edition of his travels in 1647. In 1656, he released a second, enlarged edition which became very popular throughout Europe and within a few years was translated into Dutch, French, Italian and English [The present selection is taken from the 1662 English translation]. Olearius also prepared the first direct translation of Sadis Golestan into German”, some say. The world should know more about Great Iran and the ungrateful West. Olearius said: “ There are an infinite number of men in Persia who live only by writing. [In Persia,] some live by traffic, other by their trades; some to the wars, and there are those who get their livelihood by writing … There is no nation in the world more addicted to poetry than the Persians“ It’s so important. The world should know more about Iranians and Iran’s gifts to mankind. What Olearius writes about the Persian gardens (as a Persian gift to mankind) is interesting. He says: “The expenses the Persians are at in their gardens is that wherein they make greatest ostentation of their wealth. Not that they much mind the furnishing of their gardens with delightful flowers; but their common fields are strewed with an infinite number of tulips and other flowers; but they are rather desirous to have their gardens full of all sorts of fruit trees and especially to dispose them into pleasant walks. The Persians have all sorts of [things that we have in Europe], besides a great many not known in Europe”  And it says a lot about Great Iran and the ungrateful Europe. “All things in the Persian gardens are very delightful but above all their fountains. The basins, or receptacles, of them are very large and most of marble or free-stone. There are belonging to them many channels of the same stone which convey the water from one basin to the another and serve to water the garden” Olearius talks about many interesting things, including Silk production in Iran. “In the spring, as soon as these trees begin to shoot forth their leaves, the Persians begin to hatch their silk-worms”. “In this commodity of silk consists the greatest trade of all Persia, nay in a manner of all the East, as it is in effect the most richest and most noble of any that is driven in Europe. All Persia does not spend above a thousand bales of silk and the rest is sold into the Indies, Europe (Italy, English and Dutch), etc”. I hope the good guys in the West can think about what Olearius and other Europeans wrote about Iran and Europe, and I hope they can understand why Iranians say: “The West owes a lot to Iranians, but unfortunately, the stupid West still acts like uncultured pigs, and just betray the human values”. As Olearius truly said: “The Persians hate and condemn cowards and [traitors] are most severely punished “ And it’s what Khatamists, Pahlavists, the so-called journalists in exile, and other pigs who betrayed the Iranian people in the 2009- 2012 period and still lick the ass of the anti-Iran Mafia, from the West to the Mullahs, should know it well. Iran and Iranians will never forgive and forget traitors, and all traitors will be severely punished. And it’s what even the foreigners could, and still can, see and feel: “Almost all Iranians deeply hate cowards and traitors”. Olearius said: “I shall here take occasion to say something of the excellent order observed in all cities of Persia, for the guard. [For instance,] at Isfahan we came many times after midnight from the monastery of the Augustines which was above half a league from our quarters, yet never met with any mischief by the way: nay if at any time as it might well happen in that great city we chanced to lose our way, the guard would bring us with torches home to our very doors”  And I hope all good guys try to know more about Great Iran, the Home of the Human values.
For more information:
 “The Voyages and Travels of the Ambassadors Sent by Duke of Holstein to Muscovy and Persia” [aka “The Travels of Adam Olearius in 17th-century Persia”], By Adam Olearius, 1647- 1656