The birth and childhood of Rostam


The pregnant Rudabeh was in great pain and unable to give birth. Suddenly, Zal remembered the Simorgh's magic feather. Burning it, the magical bird Simorgh appeared. The bird arranged for a caesarean birth - according to the story, the first ever performed. She healed Rudabeh's wound with her magical feathers, and delivered Rudabeh son, a baby so big he is described as 'a lion cub'. He will be named Rostam.

Rostam was a miracle baby. Within 5 days he had grown into a boy, and within weeks he had grown to the height and strength of a young man. As a child, he was the only person able to kill a white elephant that was rampaging through the palace.