YMMV / The Shahnameh

  • Complete Monster: Ahriman. See the Zoroastrianism page for the details.
  • Squick: See the Obviously Evil example above about Zahhak, who had brain-eating snakes on his shoulders! His kind-hearted cooks trick him by mixing one victim's brain with a sheep's brain. Unfortunately, this still means that every day one innocent man gets his brain removed.
  • Periphery Demographic: The Shahnameh is understandably popular with the remaining Zoroastrians, as it preserves important information about Zoroastrian Iran, and Zoroastrian religious history.
  • Values Resonance: Perhaps one of the reasons the Shahnameh is so beloved is that, while firmly Iranian in its origin, language, and artistic composition, its values are pretty universal. The honor, piety, courage, and patriotism of the heroes are all still easy to respect, whether the reader is Zoroastrian, Muslim, or something else altogether.