Topic: Kashkul


A Kashkul (or in Persian: کشکول) is a bowl or a pot meant to be used deliver food to the poor. (Although the carrier of the Kashkul can also eat from it.)

One who gives food to the poor is NOT suppose to let those who they gave food to know that they were the ones who gave it to them. Generally, the food is left at the door, in a Kashkul. The givers of the food will knock at the door or ring the door bell (or do whatever is appropriate) and leave so that the poor recipient(s) of the food will not see them and know who gave it to them.

It is used to do a kind of anonymous Charity.

Today's Kashkuls

Most Kashkuls today are usually made out of some kind of metal, like Brass, Copper, or Aluminum... are heavly decorated and would be considered by many to be Art. In general though, a Kashkuls can be made out of anything, and don't necessarily have to be decorated.

Some (but not all) Persians / Iranians hang these in their homes.

Story Behind the Kashkul

The story behind the Kashkul... which I was told... and comes from Iranian culture (given the person who told me the story)... is that Ali (from Islam) would leave Kashkuls with Food in them at the homes of the poor.

See Also
-- Mirza Charles Iliya Krempeaux