Persian mythology is the body of the myths originally
told by ancient Persians and other Iranian peoples, and a genre of Ancient
These stories concern the origin and nature of the world, the
lives and activities of deities, heroes, and mythological creatures, and the
origins and significance of the ancient Persians' own cult and ritual practices.
Modern scholars study the myths to shed light on the
religious and political institutions of not only modern-day Iran but the
Greater Iran, which includes regions of West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia and
Transcaucasia where Iranian culture has had significant influence.