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Mysteries of Armenia

On Ararat Mountains

100_9988-113_4When forming the first state structures in the southern part of Mesopotamia, the population of the region already had necessary information about the Mountainous Island. In particular, they knew the location of the sources of the Euphrates and Tigris, flowing down from the water-ways of Armenia. The formation of earlier civilizations, the pantheon of which suffered significant alterations, is attributed to the latter. The worship of dying and renascent Nature, symbolizing the calendar recurrence of the season cycle, was brought to the forefront. The plateau was regarded as a source feeding the region. Ara was the God of spring propagation on the Armenian plateau and in neighboring Anatolia. The etymology of many basic concepts that have preserved their meaning in the modern Armenian language were predetermined by his cult, e.g. sun (aregak), the Creator (ararich), creation (ararum), path (arahet), root (armat), man (arakan), and stork (aragil). As early as five thousand years ago, the vocabulary of the Akkad language included names of plants derived from the place-name Armenia, e.g. apricot (armani), caraway (arma), althaea (arman), and turnip (arme). Most names of convex forms of the relief, which farmers usually associate with “pregnancy” of the Earth, also ascend to this cult, e.g. Ararat, Arai, Aragats, Arartok, Arardots, and Arat. The mountain ranges and individual peaks of the plateau predestined the appearance of the word Armenia, as well as the biblical notion of Ararat Mountains.

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