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HAPPY NEW YEAR! From the Kazarian Family! Please post any upcoming announcements, and update the address book if you havn't already done so! Also please check out the photo album. If you have any suggestions for the family website please let us know!

The Coat of Arms of Armenia consists of an eagle and a lion supporting a shield. The coat of arms combines new and old symbols. The eagle and lion are ancient Armenian symbols dating from the first Armenian kingdoms that existed prior to Christ.

The shield itself consists of many components. In the center is a depiction of Mount Ararat, where Noah's ark supposedly came to rest after the great flood. Surrounding Mount Ararat are symbols of old Armenian dynasties. In the lower left is the emblem of the Artaxiad Dynasty that ruled in the 1st century BC. In the upper left is the emblem for the Bagratid dynasty that ruled during the Middle Ages, between 7th and 11th centuries. That dynasty was destroyed by the Byzantine Empire's encroachment and by Seljuk invasions in the 11th century AD. In the upper right is the emblem of the first dynasty to reign over a Christian Armenia, the Arsacids. This dynasty ruled from the 1st century AD to 428 AD. In the lower right is the emblem of the Rubenid dynasty. This dynasty reigned in Lesser Armenia (also known as Cilicia), a nation that expanded and prospered during the 12th and 13th centuries, although the Mamelukes and Turks would eventually destroy it.

Subsequently, foreign powers ruled Armenia until 1918, after which the nation enjoyed a brief period of independence. This coat of arms originates from that period, and the sword at the bottom symbolizes the end of outside rule and a desire to defend Armenia.

January 09, 2006

Attention Kazarian Family: Some of the pages on Kazarian.org are password protected. This password was givin to all of the family members at the Family reunion in September. If you need the username and password again, please e-mail us. -Daniel

 

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