Pictures of the Bakhtiari wedding ceremony

Although there have been several suggested theories for the origin of the Bakhtiyaris, historians and researchers generally agree that they are Lurs. According to folklore, the Lurs are descended from a group of youngsters who survived and fled from the demon Zahhak, a demonic figure who is mentioned in Zoroastrian mythology, as well as the Shahnameh. They took shelter in Zardkuh and Kuhrang, where they named themselves Lur (“nomadic”). Due to their luck of escaping danger throughout their history, they called themselves bakhtiyar (“fortunate”).