A spotlight shines brightly upon a particular artifact in the hall of the History Museum of Armenia—a bronze statuette of the god Teisheba, meticulously unearthed from the archaeological site of Karmir Blur. This magnificent relic, originating from the 8th-7th century BC, serves as a tangible and poignant connection to a world lost to the sands of time.
Teisheba: The Warlord of the Heavens
In the intricate divine hierarchy of the Kingdom of Van, Teisheba holds a place of reverence and awe. Known as the god of war, thunder, and winds, Teisheba was regarded as the second of the three supreme deities in the pantheon of this ancient kingdom. His might and majesty were not only worshipped in temples, but they also resonated through the very land itself.
A City in His Honor: Teishebaini, A Sacred Stronghold
Such was the magnitude of devotion to Teisheba that the 7th-century BC saw the establishment of a grand city in his name—Teishebaini. Situated majestically in the Ararat Valley, this city stood as a monumental tribute to the divine warrior. The choice of this location, nestled in a valley named after the sacred mountain where Noah’s Ark is said to have come to rest, further amplifies the profound spiritual significance of Teishebaini.
Image source: Հայաստանի պատմության թանգարան/History Museum of Armenia