When someone says 'lets go roller coasting' Iraq is probably the last place you'd think of. Well, the one thing I learned about Iraqi Kurdistan is that people LOVE amusement parks there. Be it Mickey, or Chavy Land or some other cute name every town seems to have at least one....and some of them leave keys inside machines overnight ;)
Zurkhane or House of Strength is a traditional Persian sport for strengthening body and spirit for battle. Men perform exercises under the rhythmic sounds of a drum, almost in a trance. The exercises are designed to strengthen arms for sword fighting, bow shooting and shield holding.
This collection of videos shot in April of 2015 in Shiraz in one of the smaller, private Zurkhane houses.