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[Web Wrap]: The Big Picture – Expect the Unexpected in the Armenian Realm.

September 23, 2010

ianyan mag’s collection of unusual Armenian-related images…

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Credit: Vince Millett
via Creative Commons / Flickr Vince Millett


[Web Wrap]: Home and Homeland – The Journey to Armenia.

August 16, 2010

By Avo John Kambourian via ianyan Mag.

What makes someone leave home, walk away from his or her life, friends, family, work, school and become a traveler? Seven months ago, fresh out of quitting art school and returning to community college, I saw my future ahead of me: dark, bleak and distant. This future entailed a transfer to a decent university and becoming what I believed to be a normal person. Since I only needed one semester, endless months lay ahead of me, with nothing to do except work and be bored of the same thing; I knew I would never have to opportunity to take a chance as I did then.

I chose to go to Armenia for four months, not just for fun, but to finally see and taste the motherland from her roots. I remember one of the big things going on before I left was the Armenia-Turkey Protocol situation. I personally don’t side with anything unless I know its true purpose, so I decided that I would keep my eyes open while I was in Armenia.

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The author on his journey in Armenia


Copyright: Avo John Kambourian


[Web Wrap]: Food for Thought: Eating Our Way to Peace.

July 29, 2010

By Liana Aghajanian via ianyan Mag

For Armenians, eating isn’t just about satisfying hunger pains.

It is so much more.

Where it’s at weddings, funerals or even just a Friday night dinner, to Armenians, food is an essence of their being, of their culture and a big majority of what life is all about: to share a mouth watering smörgåsbord of dishes that can satisfy everyone at the table, and sneak some laughs and conversation in between.

Joie de vivre as the clever French like to say. The joy of living.

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Jose Gonzalez prepared dough for
lahmajunes – the bakery’s signature dish


Credit: Liana Aghajanian


[Web Wrap]: Vardavar – Celebrating an Armenian Water Festival.

July 12, 2010

By Liana Aghajanian via ianyan Mag

If you’re Armenian, you might have remembered a great excuse to drench your siblings, relatives and friends with water on an unbearably hot summer day. Although at the time, you couldn’t believe your parents were actually allowing you to soak other people, while getting dripping yet yourself, this Armenian festival known as “Vardavar” has a richer history than just summer time fun.

Typically celebrated around 14 weeks after Easter, Vardavar’s origins can be traced to pagan times, where it was associated with the goddess of water, love and fertility – Astghik.

The etymology of the word “Vardavar” stems from “vard” meaning “rose” in Armenian. The explanations for the rose connection are quite varied.

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Credit: Onnik Krikorian / Oneworld Multimedia


[Web Wrap]: The Peace Corps Experience – Volunteering in Armenia.

June 29, 2010

By Ashley Killough via ianyan Mag

When Danny Lovell, 25, received his country assignment from the Peace Corps, he looked at the word “Armenia” on his invitation—and paused.

“I remember thinking, what’s Armenia? What’s in Armenia?”

Lovell vaguely recalled studying the Soviet Union in high school, but he knew little about the South Caucasus country. “After I looked at the map, I thought it was in the Middle East because it’s located right above Iran, and I thought I was going to live in the desert for two years.”

One month later, on May 29, 2009, Lovell said goodbye to his family in North Carolina and moved to Armenia with dozens of other Americans. For the next three months, the new class of volunteers, the 17th group since Armenia opened its doors to Peace Corps in 1992, underwent rigorous training in language and cultural skills. At the same time, they lived with host families in their “training villages,” where they quickly became exposed to the Peace Corps life—one filled, at first, with bucket baths, outhouses and the tedious task of washing clothes by hand.

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Danny Lovell, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia


Copyright: Ashley Killough


[Web Wrap]: The Incense and Me: An Armenian (Grand)father’s Day Tribute.

June 23, 2010

By Liana Aghajanian via ianyan Mag

Holidays, except for the trifecta of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, aren’t major occasions in my family. There are no 4th of July bbq-drenched celebrations, no Valentine’s Day exchanging of gifts and no Memorial Day outings to monuments or events to honor the war dead, even Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are low key get-togethers, if anything at all.

And while I yelled “Happy Father’s Day!” to my dad yesterday, we didn’t do anything particularly special.

But there was someone I felt a pull to pay a special visit to, buried many feet beneath the ground, on the luscious green grounds of Forest Lawn somewhere between Bette Davis and Liberace: my grandfather.

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Credit: Liana Aghajanian


[Web Wrap]: The Khachkar – The Cornerstone of Armenian Symbolism.

June 4, 2010

By Ashley Killough via ianyan Mag

With its intricate carvings and detailed designs, the khachkar, or cross-stone, has been an Armenian symbol for centuries. The cross-bearing rocks can be found throughout the country, erected in graveyards or engraved in church walls or standing freely outside of homes or monuments. They represent Armenia’s special history as being the first Christian nation, a history that dates back to 301 A.D. when King Trdat III declared Christianity as his people’s official religion.

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