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  • #21
    Re: What is it like...

    Originally posted by Julia View Post
    I'm certainly religious, I just don't know if I could join the Armenian Apostolic Church because of my religion right now...

    I already do listen to Armenian music. My mom's friend Harout gives us a bunch.
    Armenian Church is integral to Armenian identity. It is because Armenian church armenians have been able to keep identity, culture, language through all foreign oppression . Hopefully, you'll convert to Armenian Orthodox later in your life, we have very beautiful service and we were first nation to adopt Christianity..
    Մեկ Ազգ, Մեկ Մշակույթ
    ---
    "Western Assimilation is the greatest threat to the Armenian nation since the Armenian Genocide."

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    • #22
      Re: What is it like...

      Originally posted by Mos View Post
      Armenian Church is integral to Armenian identity. It is because Armenian church armenians have been able to keep identity, culture, language through all foreign oppression . Hopefully, you'll convert to Armenian Orthodox later in your life, we have very beautiful service and we were first nation to adopt Christianity..
      I personally know some Mormon Armenians.. So I think I'm okay.

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      • #23
        Re: What is it like...

        You will have a great time Julia jan. Just be sure to check out all the places Catharsis suggested. It is important to visit all the provinces of Armenia, including Artsakh and get familiar with the people, the history, and the nature.

        Armenians are very warm blooded people so if they see that in you then your whole trip will become easier and more enjoyable.
        For the first time in more than 600 years, Armenia is free and independent, and we are therefore obligated
        to place our national interests ahead of our personal gains or aspirations.



        http://www.armenianhighland.com/main.html

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        • #24
          Re: What is it like...

          Originally posted by Julia View Post
          Okay, thanks everyone for your input.
          Carahunge (the Armenian Stonehenge), though, admittedly, it's in the middle of nowhere. But so many great things in Armenia are in the middle of nowhere.
          Aspiring Memetic Engineer

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          • #25
            Re: What is it like...

            That is very true. I have found such cool things off the beaten path. I found a bunch of prehistoric stone cutting tools chiped out of onyx near Ara Ler. Some very interesting cave formations and many other things. Armenia is so old and rich in history that every inch of it has a story behind it. I would love to explore the lori region and zangezur next, maybe a few days at each location.
            Hayastan or Bust.

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            • #26
              Re: What is it like...

              Originally posted by Julia View Post
              ...in Armenia?

              A small introduction about me: I'm only 1/4 Armenian, but I'm learning the language and plan to earn my PhD in Ancient Armenian history. I don't know why I'm so interested in Armenia, however. I came here to learn all I can.

              To answer the question, what is it like in Armenia:

              Armenia is a country with a strong religious identity which often doesn't interfere with a respect for science and technology. It's a country with people who are naturally poetic and artistic but who's isolation from the world by being land-locked and surrounded by unfriendly countries has stunted the growth of their artistic potential as well as social and political understanding. It hasn't fully recovered from communism -- there is plenty of corruption and thievery -- but given that it's only been 20 years, it's grown more than any other soviet country. There is a complacency and a feeling of powerlessness among the people regarding their situation and yet, simultaneously, a drive to move on is very apparent. The people recognize that there is more out there but don't quite know what to do with it. It's a country that has a lot of natural beauty and also constant reminders of a lack of a middle-class. There are lots of contradictions and paradoxes. Lots of strange juxtapositions. It's a complicated place with enough sadness for anyone. But hope and great potential abound.
              Aspiring Memetic Engineer

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              • #27
                Re: What is it like...

                Originally posted by Armanen View Post
                You will have a great time Julia jan. Just be sure to check out all the places Catharsis suggested. It is important to visit all the provinces of Armenia, including Artsakh and get familiar with the people, the history, and the nature.

                Armenians are very warm blooded people so if they see that in you then your whole trip will become easier and more enjoyable.
                I would also add a visit to the tomb-monastery of the great fifth century St. Mesrop Mashtots in Oshakan who revived the use of the Armenian alphabet (and thus saved Armenian cultural identity from being forever diluted) and the remnants of the fourth century royal tombs of Arsacids in Aghts. But I realize that one trip is not enough for all of this. But one should know and perhaps plan ahead for later visits and even possibly longer stays.
                FREE ARMENIAN PATRIOT AVETIS KALAYDJIAN!

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