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    Raffi Kojians guidebook "Rediscovering Armenia" has numerous mentions of "Tukh Manuk" shrines in Armenia, but fails even once to explain what they actually are.

    A google search will reveal that just about the only internet references to "Tukh Manuk" shrines are in the online version of the above guide - except for one other. Aparently Julian Cope has written a song about it, after a visit to Armenia. And on his website he says "On the outskirts of each village, I keep noticing stone shrines covered in blood, headless birds, indefinable entrails, beside which stand pretty rag-tied clouty trees. What the xxxx..? This is the Black Youth, explains Zareh. Because Armenia took Christianity on in 301, way before Rome, there are lots of pagan elements reconciled into their religion. Got a good job prospect or a chance of a date, do a matagh sacrifice of a bird or animal to Tukh Manukh the Black Youth. Tukh Manukh’s an adolescent God figure somewhere between Mithra and the young Jesus Christ. But his appetite is hearty and he constantly needs those blood sacrifices."

    So, can anyone tell us more. And why is it all such a secret.
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    bell-the-cat likes Armeniapedia.


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      Honestly, this is the first time I heard of Tukh Manuk
      Achkerov kute.


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        "Inside a type of archaic rural shrine called a Tukh Manuk (Black Youth). Extremely popular throughout Armenia, such shrines are often on hilltops just outside of villages, and have been linked by Prof. James Russell to a proto-Indo-European deity cognate with Krishna: an otherworldly beautiful young man inhabiting the boundary between settlement and wilderness. The Tukh Manuk cult is traditionally popular with women. Special prayers exist to be said at these shrines, where pilgrims gather to make sacrifices (Matagh) for the curing of illnesses and burn candles. As seen in the imagery here, the convergence of Christian and pagan traditions are typical of rural Armenian spirituality."

        Last edited by Siamanto; 12-23-2005, 10:55 AM.
        What if I find someone else when looking for you? My soul shivers as the idea invades my mind.


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          The following document suggests that it was a relatively spread in space and time.

          What if I find someone else when looking for you? My soul shivers as the idea invades my mind.