Iranian scholar Jalal Sattari whose studies, mostly centered on and mythology and dramatic literature, died at 90 following a massive stroke at his home in Tehran on Saturday.
Born in the northern Iranian city of Rasht, Sattari left Iran in his youth for Switzerland and earned a Ph.D. in psychology. He was a student of the top Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget, who was known for his work on child development.
However, Sattari shifted his focus to collective psychology and the study of positive and negative impacts of ancient patterns, myths and fables on the collective unconscious.
He spent over 60 years of his life studying, writing and translating, the outcomes of which appeared in over 100 books.
Sattari was decorated with the French Legion of Honor in 2005 for his dedication to the cause of culture during his career as a cultural activist.
He rendered books by Gaston Bachelard, Antonin Artaud, Georges Dumézil and several other French scholars into Persian. Books by Soviet folklorist Vladimir Propp were also translated by Sattari for Persian readers.