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Who Is More Popular, Jumong Or Martyr Bagheri?

Blogger "Bache Shahid" (Child of a Martyr) says it's a pity that Iranian youth don't know or care much about the so-called martyrs, those Iranian soldiers and members of the Basij and Revolutionary Guard who died in the Iran-Iraq War:

Definitely, the answer of every single kid as to what they watch these days, along with their families, twice every week, is the Korean soap opera "Jumong."

The character of Jumong in this soap opera is so strong and possesses such good moral and social qualities that it attracts all its viewers toward itself regardless of their age group: Jumong, which is nothing more than an ancient legend.

Probably, the description of this tale in the Korean history books might not be more than a few lines, but it has been characterized in its best possible manner for approximately 90 hours, turning Jumong into one of the most appreciated faces, not only in Korea but for many all over the world. This implies that the Koreans have introduced a guideline and have something to offer.

These days, If I ask any of my younger sibling about Jumong, what could be the possible answer? Jumong has become a hero in their minds.

On the other hand, If I ask them whether they know who is martyr Hassan Bagheri, they get baffled and confused. But they are not to be blamed. They wouldn't have the slightest idea about Hassan Bagheri. Jumong is a legend, while Hassan Bagheri is the leasing document of eight years of sacred defense [the eight war against Iraq].

They do not know who Sheikh Bahai was and all they know about Abu Ali Sina are the few lines they have read about him in their school books. Our martyrs, Hemmat and Chamraan, are both only associated with speeding cars on the highways named after them. Those names have changed history and have created beauty in the real world, not in a mere legend.

It's a pity, how we are unable to introduce so many of our heroes.

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Persian Letters is a blog that offers a window into Iranian politics and society. Written primarily by Golnaz Esfandiari, Persian Letters brings you under-reported stories, insight and analysis, as well as guest Iranian bloggers -- from clerics, anarchists, feminists, Basij members, to bus drivers.