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  • Parev

    Parev friends,

    I should have introduced myself earlier. I am from Turkey. I live in Istanbul. My mother's grandfather is a native of Bayburt(Baberd), her grandmother is from Daghestan, other grandfather is from Albania and other grandmother is a Syrian Arab. My father's grandfather is from Shumen, Bulgaria(might be a Jevish convert), grandmother is from Florina, Greece. Other grandfather and grandmother are from Nigde. As you see I am like a mud.

    I adopted the name Vagharshapat because it sounded good, but I didnt know it was the name of a city. Maybe I should change it to Vagharshak. I am interested in Armenian names, because I love how they sound. I write down the ones which sound good to me. My favourite names start with a V; Vartan, Vahan, Vasak, Vartkes, Vazgen, Viken, Vardapet, Vagharsh, Varderes, Varoujan, etc . I have always felt an affinity to Armenians my whole life. Because in Turkey Armenians were regarded as one mystic nation or as aliens. They were among us. But there was something about them, there was a bitter thing. They mentioned Armenians with a disgust. It drew my attention. And I started researching. The more I searched, the more I admired them. I read many books about them, I read about their daily lives in Ottoman Empire by Hagop Mintzuri, about how peaceful, how hardworking, how talented, how funny people they were. I respected their culture. And these people had been erased from their homelands. I saw the Truth about them and my country. It changed my whole point of view. I became always thinking about this genocide, it became like an obsession for me, I was seeing it in my dreams. My thoughts became very radical. My thoughts were rejected by many people and I became a lonely person. Now I was defending Western Armenia to be restored, all the Armenians to return to their homelands. Also I was defending a Kurdistan to be founded and Pontos culture to be revived. Because these were the original cultures of these lands. And all my life I tried to serve the Truth and Justice.

    In fact, instead of being a member of a warrior and supressing nation, I would prefer to be a member of a persecuted nation. After I read the poem of Paruyr Sevak my respect increased even more. Let me quote this poem;

    We are few but we are called Armenians
    We do not put ourselves above anyone
    Simply we also admit that we, only we have Mount Ararat
    And that it is right here on the clear Sevan
    that the sky could make its exact duplicate
    Simply David has indeed fought right here
    Simply the Narek was written right here
    Simply we know how to build from the rock, a monastery
    How to make fish from stone, how to make man from clay
    To learn to become the student of the beautiful,
    the kind, the noble, and the good

    We are few, but we are called Armenians
    We do not put ourselves above anyone
    Simply our fortune has just been so different
    Simply we have just shed too much blood
    Simply in our lives of centuries long
    When we were many and when we were strong
    Even then we did not oppress any nation
    See, centuries have come and centuries have passed
    Yet over no one have we become tyrants
    If we have enslaved, only with our eyes
    And if we have ruled, only with our books
    If we have prevailed, only with our talents
    And if we have ever oppressed,
    it has only been with our wounds

    Simply with us death had fallen in love
    Yet we willingly did not give ourselves
    And when we were forced to leave our own land
    Where ever we reached, where ever we went
    Everywhere we left indelible trace
    We have joined efforts for everyone, always
    We plowed everywhere, we built bridges, we tied arches
    We plowed everywhere and we brought forth crops
    We gave everyone mind, proverbs, and songs
    Another words we defended them from spiritual coldness
    Every where we left our eyes reflection
    A peace of our soul and a sacrament from the heart itself

    We are few, truly, but we are Armenians
    And by being few we do not succumb
    Because it is better to be few in life, then to control life by being many
    Because it is better rather to be few, then to be masters by being many
    Because it is better to be few, then to be swindlers
    We are few, yes, but we are Armenians
    And we know how to sigh from yet unhealed wounds
    But with a new juice we rejoice and we cheer
    We know how to thrust into the foe's side

    If I was an Armenian, I would be proud....
    Quid est Veritas?

    -----The Democratic Federation of ANATOLIA-----

  • #2
    Re: Parev

    barev & welcome

    Vagharshapat, how's Mesrop Mashtots?


    • #3
      Re: Parev

      He is resting in peace
      Quid est Veritas?

      -----The Democratic Federation of ANATOLIA-----


      • #4
        Re: Parev

        I visited his grave about a month ago. Next spring, when I go back I will send him your regards, if you wish.

        PS: I really enjoy your posts.
        ԼՈԼ, Փեփսի Ատտիքթ


        • #5
          Re: Parev

          Sure, Մեսրոպ Մաշտոց was a great man. May God rest his soul. I learned that he was born in Taron. I think today's Taron is Mush. Have you ever thought of visiting there or your homelands?
          Quid est Veritas?

          -----The Democratic Federation of ANATOLIA-----


          • #6
            Re: Parev

            Hi,my name is Artashes and I'm a member. I just read your intro and wanted to thank you for the thoughtful and truthful words you spoke about my family. Also thanks for the poem. Welcome from / Artashes


            • #7
              Re: Parev

              I would also like to give you (an honest seeker of the truth) a saying from an old Greek man by the name of ( Diogenes) : It is better to be the oppressed than the oppressor. Again I would like to thank you for understanding and compasionitte words /Artashes


              • #8
                Re: Parev

                That's quite heavy and beautiful. It takes massive courage to stand against the vast majority in order to speak out and enforce your own ideals and views. Hats off to you.