-The Armenian Origins of Swastika-

Written by Grigor Ariyatsi

After careful examination of the Armenian alphabet, one would find that half a dozen of its letters are nothing more than modified versions of the famous swastika symbol. Armenian letters prounounced as -Ke-; -Kea-; -Xe-; -Pea-; -Fe-; and -Ea- have their origins in the ancient proto-Armenian petroglyphical writings found through out the Armenian Highland.

Symbol of swastika had fascinated people of all ages at all times by its complex meanings of mystical codes, conveyed to us through this symbol. Swastika has been widely used in various cultural symbolism of religious and astronomical nature through out the Armenian Highland, Mesopotamia, Africa, China, India and Mesoamerica.

The earliest depictions of swastika found in Armenia are dating back to the Neolithic Period of human cultural evolution, around 7000-5000BC. Very often, swastika is symbolized in the form of the Solar Disk, commonly found in the stone carvings of the Armenian Plato, Iranian Plato and ancient civilizations of Anatolia and Mesoamerica.

The Sanskrit root of the word swastika is -svar-, which means-brilliance, illumination or shining. The closest contemporary equivalent to the word is found in the Russian language, where word -svet- means light.

In Armenian language, the second portion of the word -swastika-, the 'ast' or also referred as 'asd' means power, which is also the root of the word 'Astvats' meaning God in Armenian. Thus, the word Astvats could be translated as "all powerful" or "giver of power/s" which in this context would refer to physical and spiritual health, clarity of mind or perhaps even salvation.

It is known that in ancient times, the only being/s referred to as 'all powerful' or 'brilliant' was/were the god/s of the past. Later these epithets got into the context of the current established religions as well in their references toward the creator God. Furthermore, in those days, when kings acquired their royal throne, they were also referred as the 'shinning one', claiming their right to rule over their dominions to be acquired from the god/s themselves.

Therral examination of the Sanskrit roots of the word swastika brings us to their two archaic meanings of the word: 'svar' meaning brilliant/shinning and 'asti' meaning powerful/god. Thus we get the meaning of the word swastika, which is: the all powerful/shining God.

Sun has been our only source of magnificent brilliance for millennia, itself being located deep in the space. As a result, the ancients considered the Sun to be their God that they were worshipping to. Therefore, sun has been always symbolized by the swastika for what it stands for.

People of the past, including the mighty Armenids of the Armenian Highland and Mesopotamia has been referred to as: "the children of the light". This concept is found within the essence of the word "Ar-men", where "Ar" stood for the Armenian sun-god known as Ar (or Ra-Amon by Egyptians) and "men" theoretically would stand for the people or worshippers of the sun-god, thus we get "Ar-men" and "Ar-men-ia", where the ending of the word Armenia, the 'ia' will theoretically stand for the location, thus we get Armenia, meaning "the land of the sun-worshippers" or "the land of the children of light".


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