Local Music and Dances, Chahar Mahal Va Bakhtiyari

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Tooshmals being musicians and poetic in nature usually spend most of their times conjuring verses, anecdotes, riddles and proverbs. They contribute a great deal to the literature of Bakhtiyari Tribe. 
The musical instruments of Bakhtiyaries includes kettle drum, cymbals, flute, horn, drums and dulcimer. 
In the province of Chahar Mahal Va Bakhtiyari, a variety of local dances are performed at festivals and other ceremonies. The famous dances are named as stick dance, wedding dance, handkerchief dance, Slow and fast dances as well as statue dance. The method of performance of such dances is breifly described as follows:
In marriage ceremonies usually men and women dance all together and although custom of Hejab or Islamic veil is strictly observed (only for strangers) by women, the fanasticism of clan is to that extend that girls, fearing their father and brothers, never dare to talk to a stranger man; and if under suspicion, they will be punished; still in marriage ceremonies, girls are allowed to participate in group dances and hold the other dancer's hands.