Monthly archives: December, 2018

Komitas’ Letter to the Editor of “Tachar” Magazine – Ancient Armenian Musical Notations

Komitas’ Letter to the Editor of “Tachar” Magazine

We present Armenian composer Komitas’s letter to the editor-in-chief of “Tachar” (Armenian: temple) magazine Garegin Khachatrian (1910, Echmiadzin). In it, Komitas wrote about his study of Armenian khazes (ancient Armenian music-notes). “Dear editor! Indeed, I have found the key to the Armenian khazes. I can even read simple letters, but I have not yet reached …

Free Armenia as a Meaning of Life

Free Armenia as a Meaning of Life

We are a religious people. Many of us for centuries have considered the power of the Turk to be God’s punishment which must be endured. But people like Makhluto, Nzhdeh, Andranik, Arabo, Dzhoghk, and thousands of other appeared. They did not agree with that. They did not want to live the life of a slave …

The Smyrna Massacre Was Carried Out on Russian Money

The Smyrna Massacre

In his book “Armenia between the Bolshevist hammer and the Turkish anvil”, the last prime minister of the First Republic of Armenia Simon Vratsian wrote: “The causes for the fall of Armenia’s independence were not internal but external. The Republic of Armenia collapsed under the coordinated strikes of the Turks and Bolsheviks. Most of all …

Tseghakron – The Highest Value is Nation

Tseghakron - The Highest Value is Nation

Tseghakron (Armenian: nation’s religion) declares the highest value – the own nation. The cult of a nation – that is, the worship of values, shrines, and qualities of one’s own kind – is an essential part of Tseghakron. Within the cult of nation, there are 7 separate cults: 1. The cult of the motherland. The …

Cosmic Ray Research Station on Top of Mount Aragats

Cosmic Ray Research Station

A stone vishap (dragon stone) installed on the shores of the mountain Kari Lake is five thousand years old. The terrible vishap – the silent guardian of the water element – is today perceived somewhat differently: it is considered an unshakable bridge between the past, the present, and the future. It symbolizes the connection of …

Ishkhan – Fedayis of Armenia

Ishkhan - Fedayis of Armenia

Ishkhan (Nikoghayos Mikaelyan, 1881 – 1915) was one of the most prominent figures of the national liberation movement of Western Armenians. He was the leader of the revolutionary movement of Armenians of Shatah (Van Vilayet). He also participated in the battles against the Turks in the counties of Shatah in January – February 1915. Then, …

Armenian Language – The Key to Armenia

Armenian Language - The Key to Armenia

Haykaram Mserian from London spoke in Armenian with an English accent. “In 1946, we lived in Beirut. At the time, my father was going to visit Armenia for the first time. ‘What should I bring to you, Haykaram?’ he asked me. ‘Keys to Armenia.’ I was then four years old. After his return, I asked: …

Mher Mkrtchyan – I Have an Ordinary Biography

Mher Mkrtchyan - I Have an Ordinary Biography

“I have an ordinary biography. I was born to a family native to Mush. The great Armenian artist Martiros Saryan once asked me, drawing my portrait: ‘Where are you from, Mher?’ I replied: ‘My father is from Mush, mother from Van. I was born in Leninakan, so who am I?’ The master pondered and said: …