El Simurgh is an unfinished musical trilogy based on the Mantiq ut-Tayr, a mystic poem written by the twelfth century Persian Sufi Farid Attar.
Most of what is known about him is legendary. Reportedly, he was a hundred and ten when, during Nishapur's plundering, he met his death at the hands of Tule, the son of Jenghis Khan. Garcin de Tassy relates the discovery, in 1862, of a stone erected around 1500 (some two hundred and fifty years after Attar's death), on which was engraved an inscription that he rendered as follows:
  1. God is Eternal ... Here in this garden of a lower Eden, Attar perfumed the soul of the humblest of men. This is the tomb of a man so eminent that the dust stirred by his feet would have served as collyrium to the eye of the firmament ... and of whom the saints were disciples ... In the year of the Hijra 586 he was pursued by the sword of the army which devoured everything, being martyred in the massacre which then took place ... Increase, O Lord, his merit ... May the glory be with Him who dies not and holds in his hands the keys to unlimited forgiveness and infinite punishment.

The Mantiq ut-Tayr tells the story of how the remote king of the birds, the Simurgh, first manifests itself by dropping a magnificent feather in the center of China. The birds, tired of their ancestral anarchy, decide to look for him. They know that their king's name means thirty birds; they know that his castle is beyond the Kaf, the legendary mountain range that surrounds the world. After long deliberation, they decide to undertake an almost infinite adventure. To reach Him, they must overcome seven valleys: the name of the penultimate is Vertigo, the last one's Annihilation. Many pilgrims desert, others perish. Thirty, purified by their labors, set foot on the King's castle. At last, in a state of contemplation, they realize that the Simurgh is each and every one of them.


el simurgh: an introduction


ezequiel viñao

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