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  • The Fertile Crescent

    The Fertile Crescent is a term for an old fertile area north, east and west of the Arabian Desert in Southwest Asia. The Mesopotamian valley and the Nile valley fall under this term even though the mountain zone around Mesopotamia is the natural zone for the transition in a historical sense.

    As a result of a number of unique geographical factors the Fertile Crescent have an impressive history of early human agricultural activity and culture. Besides the numerous archaeological sites with remains of skeletons and cultural relics the area is known primarily for its excavation sites linked to agricultural origins and development of the Neolithic era.

    It was here, in the forested mountain slopes of the periphery of this area, that agriculture originated in an ecologically restricted environment. The western zone and areas around the upper Euphrates gave growth to the first known Neolithic farming communities with small, round houses , also referred to as Pre Pottery Neolithic A (PPNA) cultures, which dates to just after 10,000 BC and include areas such as Jericho, the world’s oldest city.

    During the subsequent PPNB from 9000 BC these communities developed into larger villages with farming and animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood, with settlement in the two-story, rectangular house. Man now entered in symbiosis with grain and livestock species, with no opportunity to return to hunter – gatherer societies.

    The area west and north of the plains of the Euphrates and Tigris also saw the emergence of early complex societies in the much later Bronze Age (about 4000 BC). There is evidence of written culture and early state formation in this northern steppe area, although the written formation of the states relatively quickly shifted its center of gravity into the Mesopotamian valley and developed there. The area is therefore in very many writers been named “The Cradle of Civilization.”

    The area has experienced a series of upheavals and new formation of states. When Turkey was formed in the aftermath of the genocide against the Pontic Greeks, Armenians and Assyrians perpetrated by the Young Turks during the First World War it is estimated that two-thirds to three-quarters of all Armenians and Assyrians in the region died, and the Pontic Greeks was pushed to Greece.

    Israel was created out of the Ottoman Empire and the conquering of the Palestinian terretories. The existence of large Arab nation states from the Maghreb to the Levant has since represented a potential threat to Israel which should be neutralised when opportunities arise.

    This line of thinking was at the heart of David Ben Gurion’s policies in the 1950s which sought to exacerbate tensions between Christians and Muslims in the Lebanon for the fruits of acquiring regional influence by the dismembering the country and the possible acquisition of additional territory.

    The Christians are now being systematically targeted for genocide in Syria according to Vatican and other sources with contacts on the ground among the besieged Christian community.

    According to reports by the Vatican’s Fides News Agency collected by the Centre for the Study of Interventionism, the US-backed Free Syrian Army rebels and ever more radical spin-off factions are sacking Christian churches, shooting Christians dead in the street, broadcasting ultimatums that all Christians must be cleansed from the rebel-held villages, and even shooting priests.

    It is now time that the genocide against the Pontic Greeks, Assyrians and Armenians is being recognized, that the Israeli occupation, settlements and violence against the Palestinians stop, and that the various minorities in the area start to live their lifes in peace – without violence and threats from majority populations, or from the West, and then specificially from the US.

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The Tree of Life or a cosmic tree has pagan origins

Posted by Sjur Cappelen Papazian on October 17, 2015

The Tree of Life or a cosmic tree has pagan origins. It is a sacred tree that symbolizes the underworld or spirit world, the earth and heaven. According to thе legend, the roots of this tree dig deep into the earth, the trunk rises out of the earth and branches reach into the sky.

The Tree of Life had a great religious significance among the Armenians, as well as Ancient Egyptians, Sumerians and Akkadians, Persians , Assyrians, Babylonians. It was connected mainly to the traditions of settlement, agriculture and fertility. Various forms of Trees of Life appear in the mythologies of different nations. According to the Bible, the tree of life was a tree of knowledge of good and evil or a tree of wisdom. Adam and Eve both ate the fruit contrary to God’s will.

According to the Persian legend, the tree of life was planted by the Supreme God Ahura Mazda to rid the world of evil. The conception of the tree of life appears in many mythologies, but it is always portrayed as a same tree. The tree of life symbolizes human development with its roots going deep into the earth, and branches reaching up into the sky and bearing fruit. But the main symbol of the tree of life is eternity. In the ancient Eastern mythology, the tree of life bears twelve crops of fruit symbolizing the twelve months of the year.

The tree of life is portrayed in different mythologies as a willow or mulberry tree, apple or fig tree and apricot or pomegranate tree in Armenian mythology. The images of these trees have been preserved in Armenian manuscripts and other historical sources of the Ancient East. Grigor Narekatsi, Nerses Shnorhali, Grigor Tatevatsi and many different authors, historians and thinkers wrote about the tree of life.

The word (tsiran -apricot) appears to be of Armenian origin and means a «cosmic fruit» . Apricot tree was a symbol of the state and tsarism. Apricot color «tsiranaguyn» was considered to be the Armenian analogue of purple, inherent to the kings, a symbol of authority in the ancient world.

The derivative word «tsirananal» means to «become a king», «be crowned» or «be enthroned». «Tsiranacnund» or «tsiranacin» means «tsarevitch» or «prince». «Tsiranakir» means «king» «tsar», « tsirani goti » means « rainbow».

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