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Yarkhushta, Ancient Armenian Military Dance

Yarkhushta, Ancient Armenian Military Dance

The military dance Yarkhusta is extremely musical, playful, and verbal. It belongs to the so-called “tsap” dance type (ծափ տալ – to clap). The “tsap” dances are ancient military dances, which include Tak Yarkhushta, Slivani Yarkhushta, Khazani Yarhkushta, and several others. In the Yarkushta dances, the main movements are accented by hits of the palms …

My Credo – Garegin Nzhdeh (Excerpts)

My Credo – Garegin Nzhdeh (Excerpts)

“If we are capable of connecting with a nation spiritually, we can say that our soul has acquired the ability to empathize with nations. I will profess truth. But if my people do not do the same, they will face frequent discord and even separation. I accept that everyone who selfishly puts his “I” above …

Dutch Newspaper Reporting on Armenian Massacres – 28-05-1915

Dutch Newspaper Reporting on Armenian Massacres

Dutch newspaper “Nieuwe Tilburgsche Courant” reported on the Armenian massacres with two articles in their 05-28-1915 edition. The English translation of the reports is as follows:  Prosecutions of Christians in Armenia The British press bureau announced that the governments of the UK, France, and Russia had made the following public statement: During the past month, …

Armenia and the Arab Caliphates

Armenia and the Arab Caliphates

In the middle of the 7th century, a new state based on a recently created religion called Islam was established. At the peak of its power, the Arab Caliphate (the Umayyad Caliphate, to be precise) covered the land from Spain to India. At one time, it was the largest political entity. In Armenia, the Arabs …

Armenia in 1918-1920 – Short Resume

Armenia in 1918-1920 – Short Resume

After the singing of the Bolshevik “decree on peace”, the front disintegrated, the soldiers left their positions, and hurried home to share the lands. The Armenians were left alone against their enemy. Turkey didn’t wait long to start an offense. Despite the heroic resistance of the scattered Armenian detachments, the offensive of Turkey was successful. …

Bolsheviks and Turks Against Armenia

Bolsheviks and Turks Against Armenia

After the Sovietization of Transcaucasia, the Bolsheviks divided the spheres of influence in the South Caucasus together with the Turkish Kemalists. Armenia was divided between Turkey and Bolshevik Russia. The Kars and Ardahan regions moved to Turkey while the territories eastward entered the sphere of influence of Russia once again. After another Armenian-Turkish war, in …

Deportations of Armenians in USSR

Deportations of Armenians in USSR

The night from June 13 to June 14, 1949, became “black” for the representatives of the Armenian people. The soldiers surrounded their houses from all sides, not allowing relatives or neighbors to approach. In the first half of 1949, the top leadership of the USSR had a plan to deport some of the Armenian people …

Armenians of Kievan Rus’ and Ukraine

Armenians of Kievan Rus’ and Ukraine

The Grand Duke of Kiev Vladimir the Great (978-1015) married Princess Anna with the aim of increasing prestige and strengthening his power. Many Armenian soldiers, scientists, architects, and Chalcedonians accompanied their compatriot Princess Anna to Kievan Rus’. Vladimir ordered the Armenian architect, who had arrived from Byzantium, to build the Church of the Holy Mother …

The Demography of Ancient and Greater Armenia

The Demography of Ancient and Greater Armenia

In the 5th-century “History of Armenia”, an Armenian historian Agatangeghos described the baptism of 4 million Armenians in Greater Armenia in 301 AD. This number may be surprising, given the prevailing opinion about the population of the planet back then. However, after 17 centuries, even more surprising is the fact that in today’s Armenia, the …

The Invasion of Alans – Artashes and Satinik

The Invasion of Alans – Artashes and Satinik

In the mid-180s BC, a powerful horde of Sarmatians crossed the Volga river and defeated the Scythians, who until then had reigned in the near Caucasian and Black Sea steppes. The leaders of the Scythians were destroyed or assimilated. Mostly, they merged with the Sarmatian ranks, further strengthening the latter. In the pre-Caucasian and Black …

Ireland and Armenia: Studies in Language, History and Narrative

Ireland and Armenia: Studies in Language, History and Narrative

The reviewed collection of scientific articles is the 61st volume of the series “Journal of Indo-European Studies”, which is authoritative in academic circles. Editors of the book are Maxim Fomin (Ireland), Alvard Jivanyan (Armenia), and Seamus Mac Mathuna (Ireland). The collection contains scientific articles exploring the historiographic, linguistic, cultural, anthropological, mythological, and other aspects of …