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Press release by "Ararat Center for Strategic Research"
The year 2008 marks the 4,500th anniversary of the Armenian Patriarch Hayk's victory against Bel, at the Hayots Dzor battle.
According to the calendar calculation by Levond Alishan, prominent armenologist, the day of the battle falls on the 1st day of the month of Navasard in the Armenian calendar, i.e., August the 11th. Hayk's victory put the process of Armenia's state-formation and development on a firm basis.
ARARAT Center for Strategic Research congratulates all Armenians worldwide on this glorious occasion and wishes that our collective will-power be as firm and steadfast as Hayk's arm. Commemorating our state-crafting victory, we believe that the Armenians will honorably meet the present challenges facing Armenia as well and build, step by step, our brighter future - irreversibly strong and united!
On the occasion of this anniversary ARARAT Center presents:
1- Article on the significance of Hayk's victory and the calendar calculation of this historic event by Edward L. Danielyan, Dr.-Prof. of History:
4500th ANNIVERSARY OF THE VICTORY OF HAYK
The year 2008 marks the 4500th anniversary of the victory of the Armenian Patriarch Hayk against Bel at the battle of Hayots Dzor (south of Lake Van).
Thе calendar calculation of the date, based on the periodicity of “Hayk’s Cycle” of the “Ancient Armenian era”, was done by the famous Armenologist Levond Alishan (1820-1901). There was no leap-year in the ancient Armenian era, since a year was always considered to consist of 365 days, hence the year and the date were movable. Thus 1460 years according to the Julian Calendar amount to 1461 years according to the Armenian Calendar. By such periodicity of the “Cycle of Hayk”, 2492 BC denotes the year of Hayk’s victory. The beginning of the victorious year was Navasard 1 (= August 11).* The Armenian Apostolic Church has kept counting the years in the Church Calendar according to “Hayk’s Cycle”.
Movses Khorenatsi (V century) depicted Bel as the head of the evil forces trying to conquer the world: Patriarch Hayk was engaged in peaceful work on the Armenian land, when Bel made an attempt to subjugate him. But even the enemy’s enourmous force did not help them to realise their evil intention. Hayk killed Bel with his trident (the triple spear) arrow shot from his wide bow in the battle of Hayots Dzor. Hayk’s victory symbolized the victory by the forces of Light over the forces of Darkness.
The struggle against foreign invadors forms the axis of the millenia-long history of Armenia. Hayk’s victory, standing at the very source of that struggle, became a token of future victories.
To be a devotee of the Motherland, be in the service of her with creative diligence, and sacrifice one’s life for the sake of the Motherland’s freedom is the command of the Armenian spirit. The Armenian Apostolic Church, following the canon established in 337 AD by Catholicos Vrtanes, canonized General Vardan and the other sons of the Armenian people who, with the Cross of Christ, sacrificed their lives at the battle of Avarayr (451 AD) for the sake of the Motherland and Faith.
THE VICTORY of HAYK is in the heart of every Armenian, in every drop of their blood, encouraging the Armenian sons and daughters to act courageously in Hayk’s spirit. The new witnesses are the numerous Armenian freedom fighters and generals of the Artsakh heroic victory.
* New discoveries connected with the observations of the satarry sky (the 6th millenium BC – Zorats kar, the first half of the 3rd millenium BC- Metsamor) and archeological excavations and petroglyphs in the Armenian Highland, witness for deep Haykid roots, and that the glorious victory of Hayk in 2492 BC, symbolized the beginning of a very important new epoch of the Armenian history.
2- The ancient Armenian "Birth of Vahagn" poem preserved by Movses Khorenatsi:
BIRTH OF VAHAGN
Laboured the Sky, laboured the Earth,
In between the two
The coral-red sea laboured in mirth.
And the red bamboo too
In the coral-red sea blushed and gave birth.
Off the red bamboo smoke is fuming out,
Off the red bamboo flame is bursting out.
The flame has seized all of the red cane,
The coral-red sea is caught up in flames.
There comes out a child - off the red flare.
Vahagn it is - all young and in glare.
Read Poem in Armenian here (PDF format)
3- The debut premier of a song by Ruzan Sahakyan based on the "Birth of Vahagn" poem. Click for the song here.
4- A poster depicting the birth of Vahagn, God of War in Armenian mythology (see the poster on the upper-left side of this webpage).
Source: ARARAT Center For Strategic Research
Press Release, Yerevan, August 9, 2008