Category «Culture»

Why Armenian Cultural Heritage Threatens Azerbaijan’s Claims to Nagorno-Karabakh

Why Armenian Cultural Heritage Threatens Azerbaijan’s Claims to Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijan continues to erase Armenian history in favor of a discredited theory that the region’s Christian sites were made by a now-extinct group called Caucasian Albanians. Around 3am on September 27, my phone buzzed with messages that Azerbaijan had launched an aerial assault on Nagorno-Karabakh — the landlocked, mountainous enclave in the south Caucasus populated …

Saint Ewost’atéwos Of Ethiopia & His Exile To Armenia

Saint Ewost’atéwos Of Ethiopia & His Exile To Armenia

This highly original icon is a tribute to the revered Ethiopian visionary Ewost’atéwos, who was born about 1273. The House of Ewost’atéwos is one of the two major monastic orders of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Ethiopia’s earliest state adopted Christianity as its official religion in the fourth century. The country thus shared with Armenia the …

Charles Aznavour: A Cultural Icon

Charles Aznavour: A Cultural Icon

Charles Aznavour is perhaps the best-known French music hall entertainer in the world — renowned the world over for the bittersweet love songs he has written and sung, which seem to embody the essence of French popular song, and also for his appearances on screen in such wildly divergent fare as Shoot the Piano Player, …

Statuette Of A Prince Of Armenia Found In Egypt

Statuette Of A Prince Of Armenia Found In Egypt

Said to have been found east of the Suez Canal or in Alexandria in 1912, the statuette was acquired in June 1949, by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was purchased through the Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York. Period: Late Hellenistic or Early ImperialDate: mid-late 1st century B.C.Culture: Greek, Ptolemaic or RomanMedium: BronzeDimensions: H. 25 …

Teghenyats Monastery and Medieval Armenia

Teghenyats Monastery and Medieval Armenia

Tsaghkunyats mountain range The Teghenyats Monastery is located in a forested fold of the Tsaghkunyats mountain range. It’s set between two streams, with a distant view of Mt. Ararat. The monument has sheep and horse-shaped tombstones, an impressive half-intact gavit (narthex) next to the ruined sanctuary (12th century) and parts of a monumental dining room (13th c.). …

The story of the Khachatryan family of Norshen

The story of the Khachatryan family of Norshen

My grandfather survived the Armenian Genocide. His name was Khachik Gevorgi Khachatryan and he was born in 1910 in the village of Norshen, located in the Artske-Aljavaz district of the province of Van. His mother, Gyozal Muradi Lputyan (circa 1882-1957) and sister Mariam (Far’è) Gevorgi Khachatryan (1907-1992) also survived. They later told my grandmother Shushik, …

The Origin Of Gothic Architecture

The Origin Of Gothic Architecture

Christian architecture in Armenia is a form of architecture very unique to the nation. It’s original, unlike some of the surviving monuments of the pre-Christian era,  which had Assyrio-Babylonian, Hellenic or Roman influences. Some historians of art believe that Christian Armenian architecture was the prototype of modern Gothic Architecture that flourished in Europe during the high and …

Egypt’s White Monastery – Deir el-Abiad

Egypt’s White Monastery – Deir el-Abiad

One of the most impressive monasteries under the Armenians during the 11th and 12th centuries is the White Monastery (Deir el-Abiad) near Sohag, situated about 500km south of Cairo and northwest from Aswan. Originally built in 4th century as a Coptic Church by St. Shenute’s uncle, it was also a place of exile for Bahram …

The Legend Of The Jermuk Deer

The Legend Of The Jermuk Deer

On top of a mountain in Jermuk, you can spot a majestic statue of a deer, looking over the landscape. It’s a spectacular view, especially during sunset or sundown. The story behind the statue is basically a legend, regarding the once full of deer populated region of Jermuk and the healing powers of the Jermuk …

Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts

Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts

The Armenian tradition of illuminating and illustrating hand written manuscripts dates as far back as the seventh century and continued to flourish under royal patronage in the kingdom of Cilicia in the tenth and eleventh centuries. In this video, Professor Christina Maranci explores the range of functions that these manuscripts served—from modest personal devotion to …

Yarkhushta – Armenian Ceremonial War Dance

Yarkhushta – Armenian Ceremonial War Dance

The “Yarkhushta” is traditionally known as a ceremonial war dance that originated in Western Armenia, specifically in Sassoun. It belongs to a wider category of Armenian ‘clap dances’ or also known as tsap parer – ծափ-պարեր. Armenian soldiers traditionally dance Yarkhushta before combat engagements, for ritualistic purposes and partly to cast off fear and boost …

How Armenia’s Winemaking Heritage Is Being Rejuvenated

How Armenia’s Winemaking Heritage Is Being Rejuvenated

Henry Jeffreys visits a country rediscovering its viticultural riches. Every 100 metres or so on the main road to Iran that runs through the Vayots Dzor province of Armenia there is a stall selling tomatoes, watermelons and Coca-Cola. I was with an Italian-Armenian businessman Zorik Gharibian and his wife Yeraz, and they suggested we stop …