Thursday, July 09, 2009

Mourning Cycles

In Shia Islam a traditional mourning cycle of the 3rd, 7th and 40th day after a death is the pattern behind the latest surge of protest in Iran, as martyrs to freedom like Neda are remembered in the streets. In 1978 and 1979 similar escalating mourning cycles produced escalating protests which led to crackdowns and deaths causing more cycles of martyrdom.

The cycle became a multiplying fractal effect ultimately contributing to the fall of the Shah.

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