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(Armenian: հայեր, hayer [hɑˈjɛɾ]) are an ethnic group native to the Armenian Highlands. Armenians
constitute the main population of Armenia
and the de facto independent Artsakh. There is a wide-ranging diaspora of around 5 million people of full or partial Armenian ancestry living outside modern Armenia. The largest Armenian populations today exist in Russia, the United States, France, Georgia, Iran, Germany, Ukraine, Lebanon, Brazil and Syria. With the exceptions of Iran
and the former Soviet states, the present-day Armenian diaspora
Armenian diaspora
was formed mainly as a result of the Armenian Genocide.[25] Most Armenians
adhere to the Armenian Apostolic Church, a non-Chalcedonian church, which is also the world's oldest national church. Christianity began to spread in Armenia
soon after Jesus' death, due to the efforts of two of his apostles, St. Thaddeus
St. Thaddeus
and St. Bartholomew.[26] In the early 4th century, the Kingdom of Armenia became the first state to adopt Christianity as a state religion.[27] Armenian is an Indo-European language. It has two mutually intelligible and written forms: Eastern Armenian, today spoken mainly in Armenia, Artsakh, Iran
and the former Soviet republics, and Western Armenian, used in the historical Western Armenia
and, after the Armenian Genocide, primarily in the Armenian diasporan communities. The unique Armenian alphabet
Armenian alphabet
was invented in 405 AD by Mesrop Mashtots.


1 Etymology 2 History

2.1 Origin 2.2 Antiquity 2.3 Middle Ages 2.4 Early modern history 2.5 Modern history

3 Geographic distribution

3.1 Armenia 3.2 Diaspora

4 Culture

4.1 Religion 4.2 Language and literature 4.3 Architecture 4.4 Sports 4.5 Music and dance 4.6 Carpet weaving 4.7 Cuisine

5 Institutions 6 Notable people 7 See also 8 References 9 Further reading

Etymology Main article: Name of Armenia

Hayk, the legendary founder of the Armenian nation. Painting by Mkrtum Hovnatanian (1779–1846)

Historically, the name Armenian has come to internationally designate this group of people. It was first used by neighbouring countries of ancient Armenia. The earliest attestations of the exonym Armenia
date around the 6th century BC. In his trilingual Behistun Inscription dated to 517 BC, Darius I the Great
Darius I the Great
of Persia refers to Urashtu (in Babylonian) as Armina (in Old Persian; Armina ( ) and Harminuya (in Elamite). In Greek, Αρμένιοι "Armenians" is attested from about the same time, perhaps the earliest reference being a fragment attributed to Hecataeus of Miletus
Hecataeus of Miletus
(476 BC).[28] Xenophon, a Greek general serving in some of the Persian expeditions, describes many aspects of Armenian village life and hospitality in around 401 BC. He relates that the people spoke a language that to his ear sounded like the language of the Persians.[29] Armenians
call themselves Hay (Հայ, pronounced [ˈhaj]; plural: Հայեր, [haˈjɛɾ]). The name has traditionally been derived from Hayk
(Հայկ), the legendary patriarch of the Armenians
and a great-great-grandson of Noah, who, according to Moses of Chorene, defeated the Babylonian king Bel in 2492 BC and established his nation in the Ararat region.[30] It is also further postulated[31][32] that the name Hay comes from one of the two confederated, Hittite vassal states—the Ḫayaša-Azzi (1600–1200 BC). Movses Khorenatsi, the important early medieval Armenian historian, wrote that the word Armenian originated from the name Armenak or Aram (the descendant of Hayk). History Main article: History of Armenia

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Origin The Armenian Highland
Armenian Highland
is the area surrounding Mount Ararat, the highest peak of the region. A controversial hypothesis put forward by some scholars, such as T. Gamkrelidze and V. Ivanov, has proposed that the Indo-European homeland was around the Armenian Highland.[33] The modern Armenian language
Armenian language
is often grouped with Greek and Ancient Macedonian ("Helleno-Macedonian") in the Pontic Indo-European (also called Helleno-Armenian) subgroup of Indo-European lanuguages by Eric P. Hamp in his 2012 Indo-European family tree, groups .[34] There are two possible explanations, not mutually exclusive, for a common origin of the Armenian and Greek languages.

Ancient Greek scholars, such as Herodotus
(writing circa 440 BC), suggest that the Phrygians
of western Anatolia, who spoke a Indo-European language, had also made a contribution to the ethnogenesis of the Armenians: "the Armenians
were equipped like Phrygians, being Phrygian colonists" (7.73) (Ἀρμένιοι δὲ κατά περ Φρύγες ἐσεσάχατο, ἐόντες Φρυγῶν ἄποικοι.). This appears to imply that some Phrygians
migrated eastward to Armenia
following the destruction of Phrygia
by a Cimmerian
invasion in the late 7th century BC. Greek scholars also believed that the Phrygians
had originated in the Balkans, in an area adjoining Macedonia, from where they had emigrated to Anatolia
many centuries earlier. In Hamp's view the homeland of the proposed Greco-Armenian subgroup is the northeast coast of the Black Sea and its hinterlands.[34] He assumes that they migrated from there southeast through the Caucasus with the Armenians
remaining after Batumi
while the pre-Greeks proceeded westwards along the southern coast of the Black Sea.[34]

Some genetics studies explain Armenian diversity by several mixtures of Eurasian populations that occurred between ~3,000 and ~2,000 BC. But genetic signals of population mixture cease after ~1,200 BC when Bronze Age
Bronze Age
civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean world suddenly and violently collapsed. Armenians
have since remained isolated and genetic structure within the population developed ~500 years ago when Armenia
was divided between the Ottomans and the Safavid Empire in Iran.[35][36] In the Bronze Age, several states flourished in the area of Greater Armenia, including the Hittite Empire
Hittite Empire
(at the height of its power), Mitanni
(South-Western historical Armenia), and Hayasa-Azzi (1600–1200 BC). Soon after Hayasa-Azzi
came Arme-Shupria (1300s–1190 BC), the Nairi (1400–1000 BC) and the Kingdom of Urartu
(860–590 BC), who successively established their sovereignty over the Armenian Highland. Each of the aforementioned nations and tribes participated in the ethnogenesis of the Armenian people.[37] Under Ashurbanipal
(669–627 BC), the Assyrian empire reached the Caucasus Mountains
Caucasus Mountains
(modern Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan).[38] Yerevan, the modern capital of Armenia, was founded in 782 BC by king Argishti I.

The Kingdom of Armenia
at its greatest extent under Tigranes the Great (95–55 BC)


Persis, Parthia, Armenia. Rest Fenner, published in 1835.

Armenia, Mesopotamia, Babylonia
and Assyria with Adjacent Regions, Karl von Spruner, published in 1865.

The first geographical entity that was called Armenia
by neighboring peoples (such as by Hecataeus of Miletus
Hecataeus of Miletus
and on the Achaemenid Behistun Inscription) was established in the late 6th century BC under the Orontid dynasty
Orontid dynasty
within the Achaemenid Persian Empire as part of the latters' territories, and which later became a kingdom. At its zenith (95–65 BC), the state extended from the Caucasus
all the way to what is now central Turkey, Lebanon, and northern Iran. The imperial reign of Tigranes the Great
Tigranes the Great
is thus the span of time during which Armenia
itself conquered areas populated by other peoples. The Arsacid Kingdom of Armenia, itself a branch of the Arsacid dynasty of Parthia, was the first state to adopt Christianity as its religion (it had formerly been adherent to Armenian paganism, which was influenced by Zoroastrianism,[39] while later on adopting a few elements regarding identification of its pantheon with Greco-Roman deities).[40] in the early years of the 4th century, likely AD 301,[41] partly in defiance of the Sassanids
it seems.[42] In the late Parthian period, Armenia
was a predominantly Zoroastrian-adhering land,[39] but by the Christianisation, previously predominant Zoroastrianism
and paganism in Armenia
gradually declined.[42][43] Later on, in order to further strengthen Armenian national identity, Mesrop Mashtots
Mesrop Mashtots
invented the Armenian alphabet, in 405 AD. This event ushered the Golden Age
Golden Age
of Armenia, during which many foreign books and manuscripts were translated to Armenian by Mesrop's pupils. Armenia lost its sovereignty again in 428 AD to the rivalling Byzantine and Sassanid Persian empires, until the Muslim conquest of Persia
Muslim conquest of Persia
overran also the regions in which Armenians

The Cathedral of Ani, completed in 1001

Middle Ages In 885 AD the Armenians
reestablished themselves as a sovereign kingdom under the leadership of Ashot I of the Bagratid Dynasty. A considerable portion of the Armenian nobility and peasantry fled the Byzantine occupation of Bagratid Armenia
in 1045, and the subsequent invasion of the region by Seljuk Turks
Seljuk Turks
in 1064. They settled in large numbers in Cilicia, an Anatolian region where Armenians
were already established as a minority since Roman times. In 1080, they founded an independent Armenian Principality then Kingdom of Cilicia, which became the focus of Armenian nationalism. The Armenians
developed close social, cultural, military, and religious ties with nearby Crusader States,[44] but eventually succumbed to Mamluk
invasions. In the next few centuries, Djenghis Khan, Timurids, and the tribal Turkic federations of the Ak Koyunlu
Ak Koyunlu
and the Kara Koyunlu
Kara Koyunlu
ruled over the Armenians. Early modern history From the early 16th century, both Western Armenia
and Eastern Armenia fell under Iranian Safavid rule.[45][46] Owing to the century long Turco-Iranian geo-political rivalry that would last in Western Asia, significant parts of the region were frequently fought over between the two rivalling empires. From the mid 16th century with the Peace of Amasya, and decisively from the first half of the 17th century with the Treaty of Zuhab until the first half of the 19th century,[47] Eastern Armenia
was ruled by the successive Iranian Safavid, Afsharid and Qajar empires, while Western Armenia
remained under Ottoman rule. In the late 1820s, the parts of historic Armenia
under Iranian control centering on Yerevan
and Lake Sevan
Lake Sevan
(all of Eastern Armenia) were incorporated into the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
following Iran's forced ceding of the territories after its loss in the Russo-Persian War (1826-1828) and the outcoming Treaty of Turkmenchay.[48] Western Armenia
however, remained in Ottoman hands. Modern history

About 1.5 million Armenians
were killed during the Armenian Genocide
in 1915–1918.

The ethnic cleansing of Armenians
during the final years of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
is widely considered a genocide, resulting in an estimated 1.5 million victims. The first wave of persecution was in the years 1894 to 1896, the second one culminating in the events of the Armenian Genocide
Armenian Genocide
in 1915 and 1916. With World War I
World War I
in progress, the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
accused the (Christian) Armenians
as liable to ally with Imperial Russia, and used it as a pretext to deal with the entire Armenian population as an enemy within their empire. Governments of the Republic of Turkey
since that time have consistently rejected charges of genocide, typically arguing either that those Armenians
who died were simply in the way of a war, or that killings of Armenians
were justified by their individual or collective support for the enemies of the Ottoman Empire. Passage of legislation in various foreign countries, condemning the persecution of the Armenians
as genocide, has often provoked diplomatic conflict. (See Recognition of the Armenian Genocide) Following the breakup of the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
in the aftermath of World War I for a brief period, from 1918 to 1920, Armenia
was an independent republic. In late 1920, the communists came to power in Russia following an invasion of Armenia
by the Red Army; in 1922, Armenia
became part of the Transcaucasian SFSR
Transcaucasian SFSR
of the Soviet Union, later on forming the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic
Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic
(1936 to 21 September 1991). In 1991, Armenia
declared independence from the USSR and established the second Republic of Armenia. Geographic distribution

Historical and modern distribution of Armenians.Settlement area of Armenians
in early 20th century:   >50%       25–50%       <25%   Armenian settlement area today.

Map of the Armenian diaspora

Armenia Armenians
have had a presence in the Armenian Highland
Armenian Highland
for over 4,000 years, since the time when Hayk, the legendary patriarch and founder of the first Armenian nation, led them to victory over Bel of Babylon.[49] Today, with a population of 3.5 million, they not only constitute an overwhelming majority in Armenia, but also in the disputed region of Artsakh. Armenians
in the diaspora informally refer to them as Hayastantsis (Հայաստանցի), meaning those that are from Armenia
(that is, those born and raised in Armenia). They, as well as the Armenians
of Iran
and Russia speak the Eastern dialect of the Armenian language. The country itself is secular as a result of Soviet domination, but most of its citizens identify themselves as Apostolic Armenian Christian. Diaspora Main article: Armenian diaspora Small Armenian trading and religious communities have existed outside Armenia
for centuries. For example, a community survived for over a millennium in the Holy Land, and one of the four-quarters of the walled Old City of Jerusalem
has been called the Armenian Quarter.[50] An Armenian Catholic monastic community of 35 founded in 1717 exists on an island near Venice, Italy. There are also remnants of formerly populous communities in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Ethiopia, Sudan
and Egypt.[citation needed] Regardless, most of the modern days diaspora consists of Armenians scattered throughout the world as a direct consequence of the genocide of 1915, constituting the main portion of the Armenian diaspora. However, Armenian communities in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi, in Syria
and in Iran
existed since antiquity.[citation needed] Within the diasporan Armenian community, there is an unofficial classification of the different kinds of Armenians. For example, Armenians
who originate from Iran
are referred to as Parskahay (Պարսկահայ), while Armenians
from Lebanon
are usually referred to as Lipananahay (Լիբանանահայ). Armenians
of the Diaspora are the primary speakers of the Western dialect of the Armenian language. This dialect has considerable differences with Eastern Armenian, but speakers of either of the two variations can usually understand each other. Eastern Armenian
Eastern Armenian
in the diaspora is primarily spoken in Iran
and European countries such as Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia (where they form a majority in the Samtskhe-Javakheti
province). In diverse communities (such as in Canada and the U.S.) where many different kinds of Armenians
live together, there is a tendency for the different groups to cluster together. Culture

Armenian woman in traditional dress.

Main article: Culture of Armenia Religion

Church service, Yerevan.

The Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church, was established in 301 AD.

Ancient Tatev Monastery.

Main articles: Armenian Apostolic Church, Religion in Armenia, and Armenian mythology Before Christianity, Armenians
adhered to Armenian paganism: a type of indigenous polytheism that stemmed from the Urartu
period but which adopted several Greco-Roman and Iranian religious characteristics.[51][52] In 301 AD, Armenia
adopted Christianity as a state religion, becoming the first state to do so.[26] The claim is primarily based on the fifth-century work of Agathangelos
titled "The History of the Armenians." Agathangelos
witnessed at first hand the baptism of the Armenian King Trdat III
Trdat III
(c. 301/314 A.D.) by St. Gregory the Illuminator.[53] Trdat III
Trdat III
decreed Christianity was the state religion.[54] Armenia
established a Church that still exists independently of both the Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox
Eastern Orthodox
churches, having become so in 451 AD as a result of its stance regarding the Council of Chalcedon.[26] Today this church is known as the Armenian Apostolic Church, which is a part of the Oriental Orthodox
Oriental Orthodox
communion, not to be confused with the Eastern Orthodox
Eastern Orthodox
communion. During its later political eclipses, Armenia
depended on the church to preserve and protect its unique identity. The original location of the Armenian Catholicosate is Echmiadzin. However, the continuous upheavals, which characterized the political scenes of Armenia, made the political power move to safer places. The Church center moved as well to different locations together with the political authority. Therefore, it eventually moved to Cilicia
as the Holy See of Cilicia.[55] The Armenians
collective has, at times, constituted a Christian "island" in a mostly Muslim
region. There is, however, a minority of ethnic Armenian Muslims, known as Hamshenis
but many Armenians
view them as a separate race, while the history of the Jews in Armenia dates back 2,000 years. The Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia
had close ties to European Crusader States. Later on, the deteriorating situation in the region led the bishops of Armenia
to elect a Catholicos in Etchmiadzin, the original seat of the Catholicosate. In 1441, a new Catholicos was elected in Etchmiadzin in the person of Kirakos Virapetsi, while Krikor Moussapegiants preserved his title as Catholicos of Cilicia. Therefore, since 1441, there have been two Catholicosates in the Armenian Church with equal rights and privileges, and with their respective jurisdictions. The primacy of honor of the Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin has always been recognized by the Catholicosate of Cilicia.[56] While the Armenian Apostolic Church
Armenian Apostolic Church
remains the most prominent church in the Armenian community throughout the world, Armenians
(especially in the diaspora) subscribe to any number of other Christian denominations. These include the Armenian Catholic Church
Armenian Catholic Church
(which follows its own liturgy but recognizes the Roman Catholic Pope), the Armenian Evangelical Church, which started as a reformation in the Mother church but later broke away, and the Armenian Brotherhood Church, which was born in the Armenian Evangelical Church, but later broke apart from it. There are other numerous Armenian churches belonging to Protestant denominations of all kinds. Through the ages many Armenians
have collectively belonged to other faiths or Christian movements, including the Paulicians
which is a form of Gnostic and Manichaean Christianity. Paulicians
sought to restore the pure Christianity of Paul and in c.660 founded the first congregation in Kibossa, Armenia. Another example is the Tondrakians, who flourished in medieval Armenia between the early 9th century and 11th century. Tondrakians advocated the abolishment of the church, denied the immortality of the soul, did not believe in an afterlife, supported property rights for peasants, and equality between men and women. The Orthodox Armenians
or the Chalcedonian Armenians
in the Byzantine Empire were called Iberians ("Georgians") or "Greeks". See Gregory Pakourianos – the great Byzantine general. Their descendants are the Hayhurum
and Catholic Armenians
in Georgia. Language and literature

A 14th-century Armenian illuminated manuscript

Main articles: Armenian language
Armenian language
and Armenian literature Armenian is a sub-branch of the Indo-European family, and with some 8 million speakers one of the smallest surviving branches, comparable to Albanian or the somewhat more widely spoken Greek, with which it may be connected (see Graeco-Armenian). Today, that branch has just one language – Armenian. Five million Eastern Armenian
Eastern Armenian
speakers live in the Caucasus, Russia, and Iran, and approximately two to three million people in the rest of the Armenian diaspora
Armenian diaspora
speak Western Armenian. According to US Census figures, there are 300,000 Americans who speak Armenian at home. It is in fact the twentieth most commonly spoken language in the United States, having slightly fewer speakers than Haitian Creole, and slightly more than Navajo. Armenian literature
Armenian literature
dates back to 400 AD, when Mesrop Mashtots first invented the Armenian alphabet. This period of time is often viewed as the Golden Age
Golden Age
of Armenian literature. Early Armenian literature was written by the "father of Armenian history", Moses of Chorene, who authored The History of Armenia. The book covers the time-frame from the formation of the Armenian people to the fifth century AD. The nineteenth century beheld a great literary movement that was to give rise to modern Armenian literature. This period of time, during which Armenian culture flourished, is known as the Revival period (Zartonki sherchan). The Revivalist authors of Constantinople
and Tiflis, almost identical to the Romanticists of Europe, were interested in encouraging Armenian nationalism. Most of them adopted the newly created Eastern or Western variants of the Armenian language
Armenian language
depending on the targeted audience, and preferred them over classical Armenian (grabar). This period ended after the Hamidian massacres, when Armenians
experienced turbulent times. As Armenian history of the 1920s and of the Genocide
came to be more openly discussed, writers like Paruyr Sevak, Gevork Emin, Silva Kaputikyan and Hovhannes Shiraz
Hovhannes Shiraz
began a new era of literature. Architecture Main article: Armenian architecture

The famous Khachkar
at Goshavank, carved in 1291 by the artist Poghos.

The first Armenian churches were built on the orders of St. Gregory the Illuminator, and were often built on top of pagan temples, and imitated some aspects of Armenian pre-Christian architecture.[57] Classical and Medieval Armenian Architecture is divided into four separate periods. The first Armenian churches were built between the 4th and 7th century, beginning when Armenia
converted to Christianity, and ending with the Arab invasion of Armenia. The early churches were mostly simple basilicas, but some with side apses. By the fifth century the typical cupola cone in the center had become widely used. By the seventh century, centrally planned churches had been built and a more complicated niched buttress and radiating Hrip'simé style had formed. By the time of the Arab invasion, most of what we now know as classical Armenian architecture
Armenian architecture
had formed. From the 9th to 11th century, Armenian architecture
Armenian architecture
underwent a revival under the patronage of the Bagratid Dynasty with a great deal of building done in the area of Lake Van, this included both traditional styles and new innovations. Ornately carved Armenian Khachkars
were developed during this time.[58] Many new cities and churches were built during this time, including a new capital at Lake Van and a new Cathedral on Akdamar Island
Akdamar Island
to match. The Cathedral of Ani was also completed during this dynasty. It was during this time that the first major monasteries, such as Haghpat and Haritchavank were built. This period was ended by the Seljuk invasion. Sports Main article: Sport in Armenia

Armenian children at the UN Cup Chess
Tournament in 2005.

Many types of sports are played in Armenia, among the most popular being football, chess, boxing, basketball, hockey, sambo, wrestling, weightlifting and volleyball.[59] Since independence, the Armenian government has been actively rebuilding its sports program in the country. During Soviet rule, Armenian athletes rose to prominence winning plenty of medals and helping the USSR
win the medal standings at the Olympics on numerous occasions. The first medal won by an Armenian in modern Olympic history was by Hrant Shahinyan, who won two golds and two silvers in gymnastics at the 1952 Summer Olympics
1952 Summer Olympics
in Helsinki. In football, their most successful team was Yerevan's FC Ararat, which had claimed most of the Soviet championships in the 70s and had also gone to post victories against professional clubs like FC Bayern Munich in the Euro cup. Armenians
have also been successful in chess, which is the most popular mind sport in Armenia. Some of the most prominent chess players in the world are Armenian such as Tigran Petrosian, Levon Aronian and Garry Kasparov. Armenians
have also been successful in weightlifting and wrestling (Armen Nazaryan), winning medals in each sport at the Olympics.[citation needed] There are also successful Armenians
in football – Henrikh Mkhitaryan, boxing – Arthur Abraham and Vic Darchinyan. Music and dance Main articles: Music of Armenia
and Armenian Dance

Armenian folk musicians and traditional Armenian dance.

Armenian music is a mix of indigenous folk music, perhaps best-represented by Djivan Gasparyan's well-known duduk music, as well as light pop, and extensive Christian music. Instruments like the duduk, the dhol, the zurna and the kanun are commonly found in Armenian folk music. Artists such as Sayat Nova
Sayat Nova
are famous due to their influence in the development of Armenian folk music. One of the oldest types of Armenian music is the Armenian chant which is the most common kind of religious music in Armenia. Many of these chants are ancient in origin, extending to pre-Christian times, while others are relatively modern, including several composed by Saint Mesrop Mashtots, the inventor of the Armenian alphabet. Whilst under Soviet rule, Armenian classical music composer Aram Khatchaturian became internationally well known for his music, for various ballets and the Sabre Dance
Sabre Dance
from his composition for the ballet Gayane. The Armenian Genocide
Armenian Genocide
caused widespread emigration that led to the settlement of Armenians
in various countries in the world. Armenians kept to their traditions and certain diasporans rose to fame with their music. In the post- Genocide
Armenian community of the United States, the so-called "kef" style Armenian dance
Armenian dance
music, using Armenian and Middle Eastern folk instruments (often electrified/amplified) and some western instruments, was popular. This style preserved the folk songs and dances of Western Armenia, and many artists also played the contemporary popular songs of Turkey
and other Middle Eastern countries from which the Armenians
emigrated. Richard Hagopian is perhaps the most famous artist of the traditional "kef" style and the Vosbikian Band was notable in the 40s and 50s for developing their own style of "kef music" heavily influenced by the popular American Big Band Jazz of the time. Later, stemming from the Middle Eastern Armenian diaspora
Armenian diaspora
and influenced by Continental European (especially French) pop music, the Armenian pop music genre grew to fame in the 60s and 70s with artists such as Adiss Harmandian and Harout Pamboukjian performing to the Armenian diaspora
Armenian diaspora
and Armenia. Also with artists such as Sirusho, performing pop music combined with Armenian folk music in today's entertainment industry. Other Armenian diasporans that rose to fame in classical or international music circles are world-renowned French-Armenian singer and composer Charles Aznavour, pianist Sahan Arzruni, prominent opera sopranos such as Hasmik Papian
Hasmik Papian
and more recently Isabel Bayrakdarian
Isabel Bayrakdarian
and Anna Kasyan. Certain Armenians
settled to sing non-Armenian tunes such as the heavy metal band System of a Down
System of a Down
(which nonetheless often incorporates traditional Armenian instrumentals and styling into their songs) or pop star Cher. Ruben Hakobyan (Ruben Sasuntsi) is a well recognized Armenian ethnographic and patriotic folk singer who has achieved widespread national recognition due to his devotion to Armenian folk music and exceptional talent. In the Armenian diaspora, Armenian Revolutionary Songs are popular with the youth.[citation needed] These songs encourage Armenian patriotism and are generally about Armenian history and national heroes. Carpet weaving See also: Armenian carpet

Armenian girls, weaving carpets in Van, 1907, Ottoman Empire

Carpet-weaving is historically a major traditional profession for the majority of Armenian women, including many Armenian families. Prominent Karabakh carpet
Karabakh carpet
weavers there were men too. The oldest extant Armenian carpet
Armenian carpet
from the region, referred to as Artsakh (see also Karabakh carpet) during the medieval era, is from the village of Banants (near Gandzak) and dates to the early 13th century.[60] The first time that the Armenian word for carpet, gorg, was used in historical sources was in a 1242–1243 Armenian inscription on the wall of the Kaptavan Church in Artsakh.[61] Common themes and patterns found on Armenian carpets were the depiction of dragons and eagles. They were diverse in style, rich in color and ornamental motifs, and were even separated in categories depending on what sort of animals were depicted on them, such as artsvagorgs (eagle-carpets), vishapagorgs (dragon-carpets) and otsagorgs (serpent-carpets).[61] The rug mentioned in the Kaptavan inscriptions is composed of three arches, "covered with vegatative ornaments", and bears an artistic resemblance to the illuminated manuscripts produced in Artsakh.[61] The art of carpet weaving was in addition intimately connected to the making of curtains as evidenced in a passage by Kirakos Gandzaketsi, a 13th-century Armenian historian from Artsakh, who praised Arzu-Khatun, the wife of regional prince Vakhtang Khachenatsi, and her daughters for their expertise and skill in weaving.[62] Armenian carpets were also renowned by foreigners who traveled to Artsakh; the Arab geographer and historian Al-Masudi
noted that, among other works of art, he had never seen such carpets elsewhere in his life.[63] Cuisine Main article: Armenian cuisine

is a favorite Armenian dish

Khorovats, an Armenian-styled barbecue, is arguably the favorite Armenian dish. Lavash
is a very popular Armenian flat bread, and Armenian paklava is a popular dessert made from filo dough. Other famous Armenian foods include the kabob (a skewer of marinated roasted meat and vegetables), various dolmas (minced lamb, or beef meat and rice wrapped in grape leaves, cabbage leaves, or stuffed into hollowed vegetables), and pilaf, a rice dish. Also, ghapama, a rice-stuffed pumpkin dish,[64] and many different salads are popular in Armenian culture. Fruits play a large part in the Armenian diet. Apricots (Prunus armeniaca, also known as Armenian Plum) have been grown in Armenia
for centuries and have a reputation for having an especially good flavor. Peaches are popular as well, as are grapes, figs, pomegranates, and melons. Preserves are made from many fruits, including cornelian cherries, young walnuts, sea buckthorn, mulberries, sour cherries, and many others. Institutions

The Armenian Apostolic Church, the world's oldest national church The Armenian General Benevolent Union
Armenian General Benevolent Union
(AGBU) founded in 1906 and the largest Armenian non-profit organization in the world, with educational, cultural and humanitarian projects on all continents The Armenian Revolutionary Federation, founded in 1890. It is generally referred to as the Dashnaktsutyun, which means Federation in Armenian. The ARF is the strongest worldwide Armenian political organization and the only diasporan Armenian organization with a significant political presence in the Republic of Armenia. Hamazkayin, an Armenian cultural and educational society founded in Cairo
in 1928, and responsible for the founding of Armenian secondary schools and institutions of higher education in several countries The Armenian Catholic Church, representing small communities of Armeno-Catholics in different countries around the world, as well as important monastic and cultural institutions in Venice
and Vienna Homenetmen, an Armenian Scouting and athletic organization founded in 1910 with a worldwide membership of about 25,000 The Armenian Relief Society, founded in 1910

Notable people For a more comprehensive list, see Lists of Armenians. See also


Peoples of the Caucasus Hemshin peoples Hayk Hidden Armenians

References Notes

^ Abkhazia
is a de facto sovereign state whose status is disputed. It considers itself to be an independent state, but this is recognised by only a few other countries. The Georgian government and most of the world's other states consider Abkhazia
de jure a part of Georgia's territory. In Georgia's official subdivision it is an autonomous republic, whose government sits in exile in Tbilisi. ^ The Republic of Artsakh
Republic of Artsakh
is de facto independent and mainly integrated into Armenia, however, it is internationally recognized as de jure part of Azerbaijan ^ The number of Syrian Armenians
is estimated to be far lower due to the Syrian Civil War, as these are pre war figures. Many fled to Lebanon, Armenia, and the west respectively.


^ different sources:

Dennis J.D. Sandole (24 January 2007). Peace and Security in the Postmodern World: The OSCE and Conflict Resolution. Routledge. p. 182. ISBN 9781134145713. The nearly 3 million Armenians in Armenia
(and 3–4 million in the Armenian Diaspora worldwide) "perceive" the nearly 8 million Azerbaijanis in Azerbaijan
as "Turks."  McGoldrick, Monica; Giordano, Joe; Garcia-Preto, Nydia, eds. (18 August 2005). Ethnicity and Family Therapy, Third Edition (3 ed.). Guilford Press. p. 439. ISBN 9781606237946. The impact of such a horror on a group who presently number approximately 6 million, worldwide, is incalculable.  Gevorg Sargsyan; Ani Balabanyan; Denzel Hankinson (1 January 2006). From Crisis to Stability in the Armenian Power Sector: Lessons Learned from Armenia's Energy Reform Experience (illustrated ed.). World Bank Publications. p. 18. ISBN 9780821365908. The country's estimated 3–6 million Diaspora represent a major source of foreign direct investment in the country.  Arthur G. Sharp (15 September 2011). The Everything Guide to the Middle East: Understand the people, the politics, and the culture of this conflicted region. Adams Media. p. 137. ISBN 9781440529122. Since the newly independent Republic of Armenia
was declared in 1991, nearly 4 million of the world's 6 million Armenians
have been living on the eastern edge of their Middle Eastern homeland. 

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in the Contemporary World. New York: Berghahn Books. p. xxv. ISBN 9781845452575. ...there are some 8 million Armenians
in the world...  Freedman, Jeri (2008). The Armenian genocide. New York: Rosen Publishing Group. p. 52. ISBN 9781404218253. In contrast to its population of 3.2 million, approximately 8 million Armenians live in other countries of the world, including large communities in the America and Russia.  Guntram H. Herb, David H. Kaplan (2008). Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview: A Global Historical Overview. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. p. 1705. ISBN 9781851099085. A nation of some 8 million people, about 3 million of whom live in the newly independent post-Soviet state, Armenians
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 This article incorporates public domain material from the CIA World Factbook website https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html.  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Department of State
United States Department of State
website http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/index.htm (Background Notes). The categorization of Armenian churches in Los Angeles used information from Sacred Transformation: Armenian Churches in Los Angeles a project of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development. Some of the information about the history of the Armenians
comes from the multi-volume History of the Armenian People, Yerevan, Armenia, 1971.

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I. M. Diakonoff, The Pre-History of the Armenian People (revised, trans. Lori Jennings), Caravan Books, New York (1984), ISBN 978-0-88206-039-2. George A. Bournoutian, A History of the Armenian People, 2 vol. (1994) Hovannisian, Richard G., ed. (September 1997), The Armenian People From Ancient to Modern Times, Volume I – The Dynastic Periods: From Antiquity to the Fourteenth Century, New York: St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0-312-10169-4  Hovannisian, Richard G., ed. (September 1997),  The Armenian People From Ancient to Modern Times , Volume II - Foreign Dominion to Statehood: The Fifteenth Century to the Twentieth Century , New York: St. Martin's Press , ISBN 0-312-10168-6  Redgate, Anne Elizabeth (1999), The Armenians
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conference series proceedings

conference series titled "Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces" is organized by the Holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History. The conference proceedings are edited by Richard G. Hovannisian. Published in Costa Mesa, CA, by Mazda Publishers, they are:

Armenian Van/Vaspurakan (2000) OCLC 44774992 Armenian Baghesh/Bitlis and Taron/Mush (2001) OCLC 48223061 Armenian Tsopk/Kharpert (2002) OCLC 50478560 Armenian Karin/Erzerum (2003) OCLC 52540130 Armenian Sebastia/Sivas and Lesser Armenia
(2004) OCLC 56414051 Armenian Tigranakert/Diarbekir and Edessa/Urfa (2006) OCLC 67361643 Armenian Cilicia
(2008) OCLC 185095701 Armenian Pontus: the Trebizond-Black Sea communities (2009) OCLC 272307784

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