I saw this on FamilySearch – All About Armenian Culture: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/armenian-culture-history/. The article is over 1,000 words so shortened it.
Armenia is one of the oldest countries in the world. Its capital city, Yerevan, dates to about 600 BC. Ancient Armenia encompassed the Armenian Highlands, an enormous historical region shared today with Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Iran. Modern-day Armenia is much smaller, but it still occupies a key position where Europe, Asia and the Middle East meet.
Over the centuries, Armenians interacted with many cultures and created a sophisticated society. But the country’s strategic location made it vulnerable to emigration and conquest. Invasions between AD 1000 and 1500 led many Armenians to flee to Cilicia (in southcentral Turkey), Constantinople, Smyrna, Poland, and the Crimea. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, persecution under the rule of the Ottoman Empire pushed more Armenians into exile.
Today, more than twice as many Armenians live outside the country as inside it. About 7 million people of Armenian descent live in Russia, the United States, France, Ukraine, Georgia, Lebanon, and elsewhere. If you have Armenian ancestors, knowing more about Armenian culture can help you feel connected to them.
Armenian religion, family life, and the rituals and traditions expressed in their culture have played a powerful role in helping Armenians around the world hold on to a strong sense of identity and heritage.
Armenia proudly claims the distinction of being the first country to adopt Christianity as a state religion. Tradition has it that two of Jesus’s Apostles, Thaddeus and Bartholomew, successfully preached Christianity to Armenians as early as AD 40. In 301, Christianity was declared the official religion, and a church was built at Etchmiadzin, which today is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Armenians are proud that their homeland is the location of Mount Ararat, which may have been the resting place of Noah’s ark after the flood, and other Biblical events.
As the unique Armenian alphabet developed in the 5th century, so did a flowering of Christian religious literature. Armenian religious scholars made important contributions to the wider Christian world. Translations of key scriptural texts by early Armenian scholars are now some of the earliest versions available.
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If you have Armenian heritage, you can help preserve the rich culture of your homeland by sharing your stories. Share memories and photos of your family in online family trees such as the free FamilySearch Family Tree.
If you want to learn more about Armenian culture, check out TOTA’s Armenian Culture page. TOTA is a website “dedicated to sharing cultural knowledge and engaging experiences to create a more connected and respectful world.” The website has dozens of articles about Armenian history, heritage, and culture.