Category «Mythology»

The Legend Of The Holy Mountain Sepukh – Armenia

The Legend Of The Holy Mountain Sepukh

The country of Armenia is rich in mountains. It is crowned by mountain ranges with emerald slopes and cold water springs. They have been as if placed by the Creator in order to protect the people from invaders. In Armenia, there are many sacred mountains. One of them is Mount Sepukh in Greater Armenia. It …

The Legend Of An Honest Poet

The Legend Of An Honest Poet

Once after a hearty dinner, one king discovered a poetic talent in himself. He summoned his courtiers and announced that he had become a great poet. Since then, at the whim of the king, everyone would rush to the palace to listen to his works. All the courtiers would praise and admire his talent: “What …

The Peri Fairy In The Tradition Of Hamshen

The Peri Fairy

Peris (Armenian: փերի, fairy) were fantastic creatures in the form of beautiful women. Peris were also close to “genie-women”, which can be seen from the fact that the Hamshenis referred to insane people as ones “captured or struck by the peri” (փերու չառտմա/պռվաձկ). The peri society was organized like human society. Particularly, it had its …

Perpetuation – The Holy Traditions Of Ararat

Perpetuation

The Creator has established a constant sequence in Nature, a change in natural periods so that Nature can be eternally renewed, refreshed, and thereby ensures its eternal existence. The natural period established on the Earth by the Creator was called the Year. On the earth, every period – the year – began with spring’s first …

Yahweh – The Holy Traditions of Ararat

Yahweh – The Holy Traditions of Ararat

Arius lived in Ararat with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were happy and lived as it befitted the gods, created, and had neither strife nor disease. The Aryans would speak with the Sun and consulted the stars. They would make sacrifices to the gods, and the gods would patronize them. They would make big bonfires …

Lilith – The Holy Traditions of Ararat

Lilith – The Holy Traditions of Ararat

Arius matured and became a healthy, strong, and cheerful young man. But at times, some kind of longing took possession of him. This did not escape Mother Anahit’s attention, and she told Father Ar about it: “Oh, the Highest Creator, your son Arius is already ripe for love.” And Ar took the fire of the …

Light and Darkness – The Holy Traditions of Ararat

Light and Darkness

The gods ruled the universe. Everyone did their job. Then, everyone would gather on Earth, on Ararat, to have fun, to enjoy divine pleasures seasoned with grape wine. In these feasts would also take part Arius, the gods’ earthly brother. Frisky and cheerful was Arius. He loved the gods, and the gods loved him. The …

Birth of Arius – The Holy Traditions of Ararat

Birth of Arius

Once, Mother of Gods Anahit was walking around Ararat. The sun was setting behind the mountains and was gathering its rays. But one small ray was in no hurry to leave Ararat. Playing with flowers, it did not notice the setting of the Sun and forgot that it was time for sleep. Suddenly, the Sun …

God Vahagn – Legends of Ancient Armenia

God Vahagn – Legends of Ancient Armenia

In Armenian myths, Vahagn was the god of thunder and lightning. He was born in the agonized heaven and earth and the purple sea. Red reed which spewed smoke and fire was also involved in his birth. From the flame appeared Vahagn, a young man with fiery hair, a fiery beard, and eyes like two …

Goddess Nane – Legends of Ancient Armenia

Goddess Nane – Legends of Ancient Armenia

In Armenian mythology, goddess Nane or Nanea was the daughter of the supreme deity Aramazd. It is assumed that Nane in Akkadian culture is represented as goddess Nanaya. The cult of Nane seems to be intertwined with the cult of mother goddess Anahit. Nane was also revered as the Great Mother (in the Armenian language, …

Tsovinar – Legends of Ancient Armenia

Tsovinar – Legends of Ancient Armenia

In Armenian myths, Tsovinar or Tsovyan (“marine”) was the spirit of thunderstorm and the personification of lightning. Tsovinar was a wrathful woman galloping on a fiery horse in the clouds during thunderstorms. She sent people life-giving rain or deleterious hail. In the Armenian epos “Sasna Tsrer” (“Daredevils of Sasun”), Tsovinar was the mother of twins …

Goddess Astghik – Legends of Ancient Armenia

Goddess Astghik – Legends of Ancient Armenia

In Armenian mythology, Astghik (“little star”) was the goddess of love and water and the beloved of god Vahagn. Her main temple in Ashtishat (north of the modern city of Mush in Western Armenia) was called the “bedroom of Vahagn.” Sometimes, the goddess of fertility, love, and water in Armenian pantheon was referred to as …

The Legend of Lake Parvana

The Legend of Lake Parvana

The story of the cartoon “The Legend of Lake Parvana” tells of an Armenian kingdom whose ruler fell seriously ill. He understood that his days were numbered so he tried to find his only daughter a good husband. Throughout the kingdom, messengers were sent with the news that a large-scale pre-marital screening was to take …