Category «Mythology»

Tamerlane and Geghard Monastery – The Legend of the Spear of Destiny

Tamerlane and Geghard Monastery

A 14th-century Turco-Mongol conqueror Tamerlane has achieved outstanding military success, conquering vast territories. However, he was yet to conquer Armenia. And thereby, he decided to invade this country of mountains. Upon arriving at the Garni Gorge, Tamerlane ordered to set up a camp and sent scouts to investigate the surroundings. In the morning, one of …

Armenian Traces in Scandinavian Mythology

Armenian Traces in Scandinavian Mythology

In 1222 – 1225, Icelandic historian, poet, and politician Snorri Sturluson wrote his book “Edda” consisting of Scandinavian myths and tales. This book has long been considered a fruit of the author’s mind, having no historical basis. However, in 1643, Icelandic bishop Sveinsson discovered an ancient manuscript with songs about deities and heroes that strongly …

The Legend of the Cold Spring of Parandzem

The Legend of the Cold Spring of Parandzem

It has been the toughest period on the war against the Persians. When Persian troops invaded the Armenian kingdom, only King Arshkak, who had been abandoned by the majority of the noblemen, continued to bravely defend his country. Unfortunately, he was captured and imprisoned during negotiations with the Persians. Although Armenia had been conquered by …

A Story of Tigran Yervanduni and His Wife Armenuhi

A Story of Tigran Yervanduni and His Wife Armenuhi

Armenians have always highly appreciated Armenian women, being ready to sacrifice anything for them. A vivid example of this deep respect is the story of Armenian King Tigran Yervanduni (reigned between 560 – 535 BC), son of Yervand (Orontes) I Sakavakyats, and his wife. Various historical accounts testify that Tigran was a close ally of …

The Legend Behind the Armenian Name of Watermelon

The Legend Behind the Armenian Name of Watermelon

The homeland of watermelon has long been under discussion, and there is no data on where this delicious summer fruit came from. Some scientists believe that it originated in southern Africa while others point to another region on the continent, like Egypt. There is evidence that the Egyptians began to grow watermelons about 4000 years …

Portakars – Gates to Another World – Legends of Armenia

Portakars – Gates to Another World – Legends of Armenia

“Umbilical stones” or portakars (պորտաքար) are ritual stones in Armenia, associated with the cult of the goddess of fertility and motherhood (most likely, Anahit). Probably, the well-known myth about the birth of Mithra (in the Armenian mythology – Mher) from stone also influenced the formation of traditions about the portakars. In this regard, the portakars …

Kachi – Myths and Legends of Armenia

Kachi – Myths and Legends of Armenia

Kachi link the natural chain between the Armenian dragon and the Armenian devs. In fact, they are identical with the widely known (not theological) devs. They are none other than European elves, kobolds, etc. Their name means “brave”. The ancient euphemism (as the modern Armenian expression “our best” or the Scottish “good people”) was applied …

The Legend of the Sacred Dizapayt Mount

The Legend of the Sacred Dizapayt Mount

“In the 17th century, the Katarovank monastery was founded on the top of the mountain Dizapayt. There, monks performed prayer rituals to clear the area of evil spirits,” Varsenik Mkhitaryan, a resident of the village of Tumi, said. The monastery of Katarovank is a high-altitude temple in Artsakh located at an altitude of 2480 meters …

The Shaki Waterfall and Its Legend

The Shaki Waterfall and Its Legend

The Shaki (Շաքի) River is a modest influx of the tempestuous Vorotan (Որոտան) river, which forms a waterfall with its own amazing beauty. According to a legend, the waterfall got its name in honor of the beautiful Shaki who jumped from a high cliff, not wanting to submit to the violence from one of the …