Day archives: November 9th, 2021

Mesrop Mashtots – The World History Encyclopedia

Mesrop Mashtots - The World History Encyclopedia

Mesrop Mashtots (360/370 – c. 440 CE) invented the Armenian alphabet in 405 CE. Besides greatly increasing levels of literacy in the country, the language permitted ordinary people to read the Bible for the first time, thus helping to further spread and entrench Christianity in Armenia, which was the original intention behind the script‘s invention. For these achievements Mashtots (Mastoc) was made a saint …

From Wool to Elegant Carpets: The Smoothest Route Through Armenia

From Wool to Elegant Carpets: The Smoothest Route Through Armenia

Explore Armenia through its rich tapestry of textile production. In the summer of 2020, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage’s My Armenia Program partnered with Armenian publication Yerevan Magazine to publish a special issue highlighting community-based cultural heritage tourism in the country. Over the next few months, the Center will publish English translations of the articles to Smithsonian Voices. During this difficult …