Category «Interesting»

The Epic “Enmerkar and the Ruler of Aratta”

The Epic “Enmerkar and the Ruler of Aratta”

In front of me lies a clay tablet. Approximately 4000 years ago, an unknown Sumerian scribe inscribed cuneiform signs on it. The tablet is square, 23 x 23 cm, that is, measures less than a usual sheet of paper for a typewriter. However, the scribe divided this tablet into twelve columns and contrived to fit …

Aralez, the Gods of Ancient Armenians

Aralez, the Gods of Ancient Armenians

Aralez (Արալեզ) or Aralezner (Արալեզներ) (plural) were among the oldest gods of the Armenian pantheon. Aralez is a canine creature with the ability to resurrect fallen warriors by licking their wounds. They were the invisible spirits of dogs. Ara the Beautiful (according to a legend recorded by historian Movses Khorenatsi) Ancient Armenians believed that if …

The Mysterious Stairway to the Sky – Armenia

The Mysterious Stairway to the Sky - Armenia

Towering in the canyon of the Arpa River, an isolated rock formation has been long stirring the minds of scientists. An arched bridge leads to the almost 100-meter monolith with steep walls and steps rising to the very top. The monument is traditionally called the Stairway to the Sky, climbing along which allegedly gives the …

The Armenian Language, the Son of the Language of Gods – Alla Ter-Hakobyan

The Armenian Language, the Son of the Language of Gods

The religion of Armenians’ ancestors, their shrines, and “solar” worldview are surprisingly reflected in the Armenian language. In the explanatory dictionary compiled by Aghayan, we counted 371 words with the root “sun” (312 from “arev” and “areg” and 59 from “arpy” (which mean “sun” in Armenian)). And this is without considering the many derivatives in …

The Mystery of Van’s Monster

The Mystery of Van’s Monster

Van is the largest drainage reservoir in the territory of Western Armenia. It was covered by several legends. The Assyrians called it “the sea of the Nairi country”. The Kurds avoided the site, telling horrible stories about the Van Monster. With the development of tourism in the region, rumors arose about the existence of a …

Pagan temple complex in Ogmik – Armenia

Pagan temple complex in Ogmik - Armenia

Archaeologist Hayk Hakobyan informed journalists about an ancient pagan temple complex excavated in Ogmik in northwestern areas of Shirak province, Armenia. “We have already found altars, idols, clay figures, and animal carcasses sacrificed to the gods. Carcasses of rams and deer were sacrificed to Anahit and Astghik, and goats to Vahagn. On one of the …

A 5-Thousand-Years-Old Dragon Sculpture on Mount Aragats

A 5-Thousand-Years-Old Dragon Sculpture on Mount Aragats

In the Neolithic, in the so-called Mountain Island on the slopes of Mount Aragats, the oldest object of worship, water, became increasingly associated with the likeness of a fire-spewing dragon. The consequence of this interpretation was the formation of the tradition of Armenian dragons. In archaic Armenia, they were called vishaps. Stone sculptures of vishaps …

An Armenian Prototype of John Rambo

An Armenian Prototype of John Rambo

One of the prototypes of Rambo was an Armenian colonel of the US Army Ernest (Ervand) Dervishian. On May 23, 1944, Ernest Dervishian (Էռնեստ (Երվանդ) Հերբերտ Դերվիշյան) showed unprecedented courage in Sicily. During a fierce battle, having lost his fighting comrades and being surrounded by the enemy, Dervishian managed to capture 45 enemy soldiers with their …

Ancient Akkad and Babylon called this tree – Armannu

Ancient Akkad and Babylon called this tree - Armannu

At least since the 3rd millennium BC, the peoples of Mesopotamia knew about a large tree with a branching crown growing in Armenia, the flowers of which were located on very short pedicels and blossomed before the leaves. Approximately 50 centuries ago, the population of Ancient Akkad (and later Babylon) already referred to this tree …

The Mysterious Monument Gavazan – Tatev, Armenia

The Mysterious Monument Gavazan – Tatev, Armenia

Gavazan (Գավազան), one of the most unique Armenian architectural monuments of the Middle Ages, is located in the courtyard of Tatev Monastery. The monument was built in 904-905. It is an octagonal tower with eight meters of height and is crowned with a khachkar of the Holy Trinity at the top. The main feature of …

The Connection of Karahunj with The Pyramids of Giza

The megalithic complex in southern Armenia called Karahunj (Zorats Karer) is not only the most interesting structure in Armenia but also one of the most mysterious stone compositions in the world. How is it different from other megaliths? Firstly, almost all of them date back at the 4th-3rd millennium BC while the age of Karahunj …

Edessa and the Origins of Armenian Letters

Edessa and the Origins of Armenian Letters

The city of Edessa (Urfa) has a sacral significance. Firstly, in its museum, there is a seal with the image of King Scorpio with hieroglyphic inscriptions. It depicts drawings reminiscent of the Narmer’s pallet images and the pommel of King Scorpio’s maces. When reading the Urfan hieroglyphic inscriptions, one should use the archaic grabar (“gir” …