A Stitch in Time Saves 8

A Great Disembarkation

Settlement-remains atop ancient Ughtasar’s [Armenian: ught, camel; sar, mountain] 3200-metre high camel-humped peaks can be found residing some 17 ½  kilometres northeast of the city of Sisian. Here, perhaps, eight human souls aboard an Ark struck the reef and, after one year and ten days (Genesis 7 & 8), were surrounded by enough land to safely disembark and begin anew.

Noah’s Sacrifice 1847-53, Daniel Maclise [Image of an Oil on Canvas located at Leeds Museums-City Art Gallery, Wikimedia Commons]
The savvy traveller, mindful of Ughtasar’s four-wheel-drive only access, embarks on their journey in July or August, otherwise unique rock carvings are likely to be hidden under snow. Ughtasar is littered with these ancient goat-letter petroglyphs, stretching for hundreds of kilometres, scattered among two thousand tombs.

Sisian, Armenia
Sisian, Armenia [Wikimedia Commons]
These rock inscriptions are known as Itsagir, or ‘goat-writing’ system, because in the ancient Armenian language the words “goat” and “writing” were homonyms.

Tombstone at Sisian, Armenia. The spiral image immediately to the right of the figure of a man is the Armenian symbol for eternity. [Image by Vahram Mekhitarian – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported]
It is plausible that this area of the Ughtasar Petroglyphsand its immediate surrounds— is where post-flood man, Noah son’s Shem, Ham, and Japheth—“and unto them were sons born after the flood”— called home (Genesis 1:1).

Physical Panoramic Map of Armenia - Sisian toward bottom right
Physical Panoramic Map of Armenia with Sisian toward the bottom right [Image: Maphill]
Scrapping timber from the ark and living off the land, these sole inhabitants multiplied before gradually descending the gentle slopes to Zorats Karer (Stone Army) where today can be found Karahunj (Carahunge), commonly referred to as the ‘Armenian Stonehenge’.

The Armenian plateau (foreground) at the Turkey-Iran border with Mount Ararat in arrears. [Image: Wikimedia Commons]
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Part of the stone circle of Zorats Karer in Armenia [Image: Wikimedia Commons]
Prone to sin (as man is) with the population increasing, apostasy led to division. But for a remnant, it appears, the descendants of Noah began worshipping the sun, moon, and the stars … going even so far as to erect a phallic monument at Metsamor (now home to a nuclear power plant). But finding the disciplined and conservative life of the minority frustrating, as is the wont of apostates, the backslidden departed this ‘Ancient Armenian Church’ to find themselves in Cappadocia, Turkey (Genesis 10:3-7).

map-asia-in-roman-times

2 The sons of Japheth:

Assyrian armies in 8th century BCE drove Gamir (Genesis 10:3) westward, where they were eventually absorbed into Anatolia. Attacking Esarhaddon (Cicilia), Gomer in turn was attacked and defected to Cappadocia (Turkey).

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“Fairy Chimneys” of Cappadocia [Image: Wikimedia Commons]
 Gomer’s sons, according to Genesis 10:3-4, were:

5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

6 And the sons of Ham:

Cush, meaning black, likely the eldest of Ham’s sons (Genesis 10:7) migrated to Africa as patriarch of the nations bordering Egypt, especially at its southern limit, Kusus or Ethiopia (Ezekiel 29:10). These were the blacks of Egyptian art – such as the Nubians. However, the Cushites may have then spread along extensive tracts, from the Upper Nile to the Euphrates and Tigris. Nimrod was a great Cushite chief, conquering and mingling with the Accadians of Mesopotamia to form the Chaldean nation.

Cush begat:

22 And the sons of Shem:

Ancestor of all the sons of Eber (the Hebrews), Shem is the elect son to proclaim God’s good news, and from whom would come Abraham, the Israelites and, ultimately, the Messiah:

  • ELAM — ventured to Susa (Shushan), modern-day Iran
  • ASSHUR — one of the few pious men of this (the Tower of Babel) generation leaves this sinful land of Shinar, settling in the area of Nineveh and founding other cities beyond (Gen 10:11-12) and giving his name to Assyria
  • ARPHAXAD
  • LUD
  • ARAM

18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. 19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

Noah was a farmer and planted a vineyard. One night he had a little too much to drink and fell asleep, naked, in his tent.

22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. 23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.

The awakening Noah’s embarrassment turns to anger. Quick to realise what occurred, he curses Ham’s youngest while proclaiming a blessing his own other two sons, respectively:

25 Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. 26 Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. 27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

For his youngest Canaan’s indiscretion, Ham’s progeny was forever cursed to remain slave and servant to their brothers’ Shem and Japheth.

And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.


Full-scale replica of Noah's Ark (Ark van Noach) in the Netherlands
Full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark (Ark van Noach) in the Netherlands. Or have your very own Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky. [Image author: Ceinturion, Wikimedia Commons]

Not of the best quality, and if not for the desperately silly penchant to weave a contemporary alien agenda through the narrative, the video below provides a good overview of the Armenian plateau, its petroglyphs, and Carahunge.


The following video was uploaded to YouTube by Sati675 on August 20, 2010 in which they describe the Armenian pantheon, which seems to be based on pagan sun worship. AR was the sun god (Arev = sun) and the cult figures attached to it derive their names from it:

  • ARtsiv the eagle cult
  • ARyuts the lion cult
  • Aramazad was the supreme deity, the god of fertility, (cf. Zoroastrian deity Ahura Mazda) after the Median conquest of Armenia in the 6th century BCE
  • Anahit goddess of fertility and healing, wisdom and water (cf. Old Persian goddess Anahita)
  • Nane the mother goddess was goddess of war and wisdom (cf. Greek Athena)
  • Vahagn was the storm god of lightning and war
  • Ara Gehetsik, an Armenian king
  • Tigran the Great, an Armenian king

 


Further Reading
Featured Image (where shown)

The Subsiding of the Waters of the Deluge, Thomas Cole – Google Art Project [Wikimedia Commons]

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