Saeedi e Sirjaani has an excellent book about this story called "Zahhak e Mardoosh". Islamic Roopablick of Iran has banned the book. I wonder why. I highly recommend it.
Yes, interesting parralles with what's going on in Iran in the past 25 years. After all the King (Zahak) was an Arab (Tazi) whose conquest of Iran recieved the enthusiastic support of the Iranians themselves! Talk about undying habits! Oh yes, and you should have continues that the men who were saved this way went out to make a nation of their own, the Kurds. There are also Jewish links here. Jamshid is definitely linked to Solom. His wise realm, his last years of corruption. The Zahak's last name Biurasb also has some links to the name Babylon in old Perisn way of pronouncing it according to some eccerntric theories. (I'm not sure of this. The usual translation of the last name is "(owner of) a thousand horses". There is also some similarity between youg mens sacrifices and the stories of Daniel or other child/young man sacrifices in teh... [more at the permalink of the entry above]
and they all attest to the missed link between Gudarz and Shaqayeq...
Ali (from the other thread) Read your last comment more carefully my friend and decide for yourself which one of us was more similar to Shari'atmadari. That's all I'd say.