Moosa Koo Taqi

By Bamdad Afshar & Otagh Band


Moosa-Koo-Taghi is a name or colloquial moniker given to a common type of urban dove or pigeon in many parts of Iran. The name actually derives from the phrase “Moosa Koo Taghi?” which in Persian means, "Moosa, where is Taghi?" The phrase has a very similar sound to the birdsong of this particular dove.

One of these myths is about three brothers called Moosa, Taghi and Karim. One day they leave home to go out and play, but after while, Taghi goes missing. His brothers start looking for him, searching around the city, but they can't find him. They separate, trying to locate their brother using different tweets and calls. One continues searching the streets and allies, while the other (Karim) wishes that he could become bird so that he could soar above the city and see everything below. Karim's wish comes true and he's turned into a dove (because of this, in some cultures in Iran, collared doves are also known as Ya-Karim). He flies over the city and beckon's to Moosa, from above, "where is Taghi?" They never find Taghi and Karim remains as a dove, perpetually in search of his brother in the skies above the city.

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