By Hye Etch
Armenians, an ancient civilisation whose history is long, complex, and
in many ways epic and heroic. The descendants of Aram the Brave and Haig
the forefather and establisher of the first Armenian kingdom in third millennium
BC. A nation who had Kings and Queens, Royal dynasties and a widespread
Armenian empire in the first century BC. under King Tigran II the Great.
Armenians are the first nation to
adopt Christianity as the official religion of their state (301 A.D.).
Throughout the centuries they have been persecuted and harassed by neighbouring
countries and empires, but through all the turbulence and foreign domination,
however, Armenians created a rich and a colourful culture, their own alphabet
and a socioeconomic structure that has allowed them to preserve their distinct
way of life.
This chapter will introduce the reader
to the history of the Armenian nation. You will learn about the five main
Armenian Royal dynasties. Travel trough time and read the chronology of
the Armenian history with the names of all the Armenian Kings and nobility.
Get acquainted with the Armenian alphabet and read about the origins of
the Armenian language.
People who are interested in literature
can visit the "Literature" section and read Armenian stories, poems,
proverbs, songs and jokes written by some of the greatest Armenian writers,
or you can visit the "Prominent Armenians" section and learn about
the Armenian individuals who had contributed and played an important part
in the history of this nation.
The "Names" section will introduce
the reader to the origins of the Armenian names with an extensive list
of both personal and family names. You will also learn the Armenian names
of animals, birds, flowers, fruits, vegetables and much more.
The "Character, Youth & Family"
section will give the reader a good understanding of the Armenian character.
Read about the interesting results from the Youth Survey conducted by 'Hye Etch', and have a light hearted look at the Armenian Family. These articles are meant to be a guide to better understand ourselves and help others (foreigners)
understand us - The Armenians.
Last but not least, visit the "Feasts
and Traditions" section to learn about the meaning and the origin of
the Armenian feasts and get acquainted with social traditions, hospitalities,
songs and games practised by the people during these feasts.
Pictures and illustrations are provided,
as visual aids to assist the reader to better understand their subject.
By clicking on an image, an enlarged version will be displayed accompanied
by a caption.
This chapter will be regularly updated
with new material and images, so please visit often and explore these pages.
If you wish to contribute material (literature & pictures) suitable
for this chapter, please click "here"
to get in touch with us.