The Info List - Hayk

the Great (Armenian: Հայկ), Armenian pronunciation: [hajk], or The Great Hayk, also known as Hayk Nahapet (Հայկ Նահապետ, Armenian pronunciation: [hajk nahapɛt], Hayk
the "head of family" or patriarch[1]), is the legendary patriarch and founder of the Armenian nation. His story is told in the History of Armenia
History of Armenia
attributed to the Armenian historian Moses of Chorene
Moses of Chorene
(410 to 490).


1 Etymology 2 Genealogy 3 Folklore

3.1 Hayk
and King Bel 3.2 Battle of Giants and defeat of Bel

4 Comparative mythology 5 See also 6 References 7 Sources 8 External links

Etymology[edit] The name of the patriarch, Հայկ Hayk
is not exactly homophonous with the name for "Armenia", Հայք Hayk’. Հայք Hayk’ is the nominative plural in Classical Armenian
Classical Armenian
of հայ (hay), the Armenian term for "Armenian."[2] Some claim that the etymology of Hayk' (Հայք) from Hayk
(Հայկ) is impossible[2] and that the origin of the term Hay ("Armenian") is verifiable.[2] Nevertheless, Hayk
and Haig are usually[how?] connected to hay (հայ) and hayer (հայեր, the nominative plural in Modern Armenian), the self-designation of the Armenians. Armen Petroyan believes that the name Hayk
can "very plausibly" be derived from the Indo-European *poti- ‘master, lord, master of the house, husband’.[3] Hayk
would then be an etiological founding figure, like e.g. Asshur for the Assyrians, etc. One of Hayk's most famous scions, Aram, settled in Eastern Armenia
from the Mitanni
kingdom (Western Armenia), when Sargon II
Sargon II
mentions a king of part of Armenia
who bore the (Armenian-Indo-Iranian) name Bagatadi ("Theodore").[4] Armenian historiography of the Soviet era connected Hayk
with Hayasa, mentioned in Hittite inscriptions.[5] The Armenian word haykakan or haigagan (Armenian: հայկական, meaning "that which pertains to Armenians") finds its stem in this progenitor. Genealogy[edit] Moses of Chorene
Moses of Chorene
gave Hayk's genealogy as Japhet, Gomer and Tiras, Torgom. Hayk's descendants are given as Amasya, Ara, Aram, Aramais, Armanak, Gegham, and Harma.[6] Hayk
was also said to be the founder of the Haykazuni Dynasty. Some of the prominent Armenian royal houses such as the Arran, Bagratuni, Bznuni, Khorkhoruni, Manavazian, Syuni, and Vahevuni trace their genealogy to Hayk
Nahapet.[citation needed] According to Juansher, Hayk
"was prince of the seven brothers and stood in service to the giant Nimrod (Nebrovt') who first ruled the entire world as king.[7]" Folklore[edit] Hayk
and King Bel[edit]

"Hayk" by Mkrtum Hovnatanian (1779–1846). The legendary founder of the Armenian nation, standing next to the tomb of Bel, with Hayk's arrow still in Bel's chest. The map depicts the Lake Van
Lake Van
region and Mount Ararat, with Noah's ark.

In Moses of Chorene's account, Hayk
son of Torgom had a child named Armanak while he was living in Babylon. After the arrogant Titanid Bel made himself king over all, Hayk
emigrated to the region near Mount Ararat.[8] Hayk
relocated near Mount Ararat
Mount Ararat
with an extended household of at least 300 and settled there, founding a village he named Haykashen. On the way he had left a detachment in another settlement with his grandson Kadmos. Bel sent one of his sons to entreat him to return, but was refused. Bel decided to march against him with a massive force, but Hayk
was warned ahead of time by Kadmos of his pending approach. He assembled his own army along the shore of Lake Van and told them that they must defeat and kill Bel, or die trying to do so, rather than become his slaves. In his writings Moses states that:

was a handsome, friendly man, with curly hair, sparkling eyes, and strong arms. He was a man of giant stature, a mighty archer and fearless warrior. Hayk
and his people, from the time of their forefathers Noah
and Japheth, had migrated south toward the warmer lands near Babylon. In that land there ruled a wicked giant, Bel. Bel tried to impose his tyranny upon Hayk's people. But proud Hayk
refused to submit to Bel. As soon as his son Aramaniak was born, Hayk
rose up and led his people northward into the land of Ararad. At the foot of the mountain he built a village and gave it his name, calling Haykashen.[9] ”

Battle of Giants and defeat of Bel[edit]

defeats Bel with an arrow.

and his men soon discovered Bel's army positioned in a mountain pass ( Moses of Chorene
Moses of Chorene
located the site as Dastakert), with the king in the vanguard. At Dyutsaznamart (Armenian: Դյուցազնամարտ, "Battle of Giants"), near Julamerk
southeast of Lake Van, on August 11, 2492 BC[10] (according to the Armenian traditional chronology of Navasard) or 2107 BC (according to "The Chronological table" of Mikael Chamchian), Hayk
slew Bel with a nearly impossible shot using a long bow, sending the king's forces into disarray. The hill where Bel with his warriors fell, Hayk
named Gerezmank meaning "tombs".[11] He embalmed the corpse of Bel and ordered it to be taken to Hark where it was to be buried in a high place in the view of the wives and sons of the king. Soon after, Hayk
established the fortress of Haykaberd
at the battle site and the town of Haykashen in the Armenian province of Taron (modern-day Turkey). He named the region of the battle Hayk, and the site of the battle Hayots Dzor.[12] Comparative mythology[edit] Further information: culture hero The figure slain by Hayk's arrow is variously given as Bel or Nimrod. Hayk
is also the name of the Orion constellation
Orion constellation
in the Armenian translation of the Bible. Hayk's flight from Babylon
and his eventual defeat of Bel, was historically compared to Zeus's escape to the Caucasus and eventual defeat of the Titans.[13] See also[edit]

Hayko Aram (given name) Belus (Assyrian) Nimrod List of Armenian patriarchs Armenian mythology Hayasa Armens Sisak (eponym)


^ Gōsh, Mkhitʻar (2000). The Lawcode (Datastanagirk') of Mxit'ar Goš. Rodopi. p. 112. ISBN 9789042007901. Retrieved 6 July 2016.  ^ a b c Moses of Khoren; Thomson, Robert W. (1978). "Genealogy of Greater Armenia". History of the Armenians. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. p. 88. ISBN 0-674-39571-9.  ^ Petrosyan, Armen (2009). "Forefather Hayk
in the Light of Comparative Mythology". Journal of Indo-European Studies. 37: 155–163.  ^ International Standard Bible Encyclopedia; the ISBE uses the outdated terms "Aryan" for "Indo-European". ^ Eduard L. Danielian, "The Historical Background to the Armenian State Political Doctrine," 279–286 in Nicholas Wade, Armenian Perspectives (Surrey, UK, 1997) 279, citing E. Forrer, "Hajassa-Azzi," Caucasia, 9 (1931), and P. Kretschmer, "Der nationale Name der Armenier Haik," Anzeiger der Acad. der Wiss. in Wien, phil.-his. Klasse (1932), n. 1–7 ^ History 1.5 [1] ^ The Georgian Chronicle ^ Movses Khorenatsi, History of Armenia. Ed. by G. Sargsyan. Yerevan: Hayastan, 1997, pp. 83, 286. ^ (Khorenatsi, History I.10–12, pp. 83–84.) ^ dated by Mikayel Chamchian; Razmik Panossian, The Armenians: From Kings And Priests to Merchants And Commissars, Columbia University Press (2006), ISBN 978-0-231-13926-7, p. 106. ^ Gerezmank: the nom. pl, Gerezmans being acc. pl., "tombs" ^ History 1.11; a district to the southeast of Lake Van, see Hubschmann, AON, p.343 ^ Vahan Kurkjian, "History of Armenia," Michigan, 1968


P. Kretschmer. "Der nationale Name der Armenier Haik" Vahan Kurkjian, "History of Armenia", Michigan, 1968

External links[edit]

Tacentral.com: Armenian History The Union of Armenian Noblemen: About Dynasties and Kings of Armenia The Union of Armenian Noblemen: Rulers and kings of the Haykazuni Dynasty

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