CHAHARMAHAL & BAKHTIARI Province
Chahar-Mahal & Bakhtiari Province is one of the 31 provinces of Iran. It is in the south western part of the country. Its capital is Shahr-e Kord. The province has an area of 16,332 square km. The history of the province is tied to that of the Bakhtiari tribe. The Bakhtiari Tribe is the main speakers of Lurish language. As the name of the province comes with the combining grammatical feature of “-o-" which is Persian for “and"; the other group of peoples in this ancient province are the ChahSr- Mahali's. These peoples and the Luis live side by side and share almost similar customs. They have a history of having a simple living and being a capable people who are determined, effective warriors and fighters whenever circumstances made it necessary. They have gained such a reputation as being excellent, if not the best, horsemen in Iran. The people of this province has Pahlevani wrestling/combat style of the deep rooted traditional Zourkhaneh, which exists everywhere in all provinces, also they have their own style.