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The Legend of Duduk – Armenian Legends

The Legend of Duduk – Armenian Legends

Once flying over the mountains, Young Wind noticed a beautiful tree, likes of which he had never seen before. He was enchanted by it. Touching the teeth of the tree’s leaves, he extracted wonderful melodies spreading far around. When Supreme Wind learned about this, he cast his anger upon the mountains, destroying almost the whole …

How Armenian “Pakhlava” Became Turkish “Baklava”

How Armenian “Pakhlava” Became Turkish “Baklava”

In Eastern Armenian, baklava is called pakhlava while in Western Armenian, it is called bakhlava. The Turkish language doesn’t have the “kh” sound, so “bakhlava” became “baklava”. This name was then adopted by other languages and peoples. Baklava was patented in the city of Gaziantep, Turkey. Let’s see what the history of the city is. …

What Have Turks Created in Historical Armenia?

What Have Turks Created in Historical Armenia?

Throughout their existence, neither Kurds nor Turks have created anything on the territory of occupied historical Armenia they have been living in. At the beginning of their history, their tribes have been vehemently destroying everything reminding about the Armenian people. Paradoxically, today, the descendants of those tribes are able to develop and exist only thanks …

Present Alphabet and Language – Paris Herouni

Present Alphabet and Language - Paris Herouni

Present Armenian Alphabet is the same Mashtots Alphabet of 406 AD and has 36 letters plus three additional letters (և Օ Ֆ) which were put later at the end, so 39 letters total. Analysis shows (see below) that letter “Օ ” was in Armenian old Alphabet, but Mashtots excluded it, perhaps, as having meaning of …

What Tigran II the Great Looked Like?

What Tigran II the Great Looked Like?

Tigran II the Great is referred to as the King of Kings in Armenian history. He is one of the most successful kings in history, though he is fairly unknown to western audiences. Tigran II subdued the entirety of Mesopotamia, conquered the Parthians, and challenged the world’s greatest power at the time, the Roman Empire. …

The Six-Pointed Star in Armenian Culture

The Six-Pointed Star in Armenian Culture

The Wheel of Eternity is possibly the most iconic Armenian symbol. Armenians have depicted it in several ways, including inside a pointed star. Unfortunately, the six-pointed symbol isn’t known so well in relation to Armenians. Today, people mostly associate the six-pointed star (hexagram) with the Jewish Star of David, the modern symbol of Jewish identity …

Why Armenians Celebrate Christmas on January 6

Why Armenians Celebrate Christmas on January 6

The Armenian Christmas, as it is called, is the culmination of the feast days connected with Jesus in Armenia. Epiphany celebrating the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ plays a central role in the Armenian Christmas season. The main events commemorated during the Armenian Christmas is Christmas itself as well as the baptism of …

The Riddle of Armenian Letters on the Bavarian Fresco

The Riddle of Armenian Letters on the Bavarian Fresco

The grandiose and largest-in-the-world fresco by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo decorates the lobby of the Bavarian Bishops’ Palace in Würzburg. It features mythological creatures, ancient gods, nymphs, naiads, inhabitants of exotic countries, other figures fluttering among the clouds in a light dizzying flight, and… Armenian letters carved into a stone plate. How did the artist manage …

“From Rock Carvings to an Alphabet” – Artak Movsisyan’s Documentary About the Armenian Alphabet

“From Rock Carvings to an Alphabet”

Ancient people have seemingly possessed outstanding memory, if compared with modern individuals. They only had to hear some information once in order to understand and remember it. The need of recording the heard information occurred much later due to the people losing those unique memory features, which used to allow them to quickly memorize any …

Armenia, the Land of Noah (Video)

Armenia, the Land of Noah (Video)

The mysterious and attractive Armenia is located between the Black, Caspian, and Mediterranean seas. In the old days, Armenia was much larger and occupied an area of about 400,000 square kilometers. The current Republic of Armenia is located in the northeastern part of the Armenian Highlands. It borders with Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and Turkey. For …

The Armenian Language is in the Top 10 Weirdest Languages

The Armenian Language is in the Top 10

A study of 239 languages included the Armenian language in the ten most bizarre languages of the world. The first place in this list is occupied by the Mixtec language spoken by 6000 people. As “Foreign Policy” writes, scientist Tyler Schnoebelen and researchers from the company for processing linguistic information “Idibon” statistically compared 239 languages …

The Origins of the Jerusalem Cross

The Origins of the Jerusalem Cross

Arguably, the Jerusalem cross is the most recognizable symbol of Christianity. But nowhere in the world is this sign as significant or culture-rooted as it is in Armenia. Throughout Armenia, thousands of khachkars (cross-stones) decorate the mountainous terrain of the first Christian nation. They are a unique example of the Armenian art of spiritual expression. …

Astonishing French Documentary About Armenia

Astonishing French Documentary About Armenia

French TV channel “France 5” presented a documentary about Armenia, which examined the history of the country as well as highlighted the famous Armenians and its environmental beauty. The director of the documentary is Xavier Lefèvre, the author of the idea is Guillaume Bernard. The French documentary is one of those rare films in which …

Legendary Ararat (Video)

Legendary Ararat (Video)

Below, you can watch a video shot in honor of the legendary Armenian mountain Ararat. In many religions of the ancient world, Mount Ararat was considered the place where people moored after the Great Flood. From this place began the rebirth of mankind. Ararat was a sacred mountain in ancient Armenia even in the pre-Christian …

Hayk – the First Eponym of Armenians

Hayk – the First Eponym of Armenians

Movses Khorenatsi, referring to his sources in the book of Mara Abas Katin and the Armenian folklore, described the ancestor and the eponym of the Armenians Hayk in the following fashion: “This Hayk”, he wrote, “handsome and gracious, rich-haired and mighty, was known among the giants for his courage and spoke out against anyone who …

Abused Plain Tree Legend or the Unpunished Destruction of the Armenian Identity

Abused Plain Tree Legend or the Unpunished Destruction

The whole nature of Armenia is marked by an ancient culture that identifies the Armenian ethnos with the location under an intentionally forgotten name, Armenian Highlands. Everything that recalls the presence of the ancient Armenians is being deliberately destroyed, including the Armenians themselves. There is no doubt that this is done purposefully because no one …