Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Armenian Myths - From the Viewpoint of an Expatriate by Brian Bokhart

Since my arrival in Armenia, I have been given advice on a lot of things, such as when to get married (before 30 or else you will never marry), where not to sit (on the ground as it will make you infertile & at the corner of a table because it means you will not get married) or when to drink vodka (all the time).  

My favorite Armenian myth (up to this point in my stay) was brought to my attention a few weeks ago for the celebration of St. Sargis Day (the Armenian equivalent of Valentine's Day) by my Armenian language teacher, Gayane.  That day at class she asked if I wanted them to pick me up a cookie for St. Sargis Day.  Not hearing anything but the word cookie, I replied with a resounding "YES!!!", only to discover that this cookie was not a cookie in the American sense of the word, but a salty piece of dough that was a tool not only to guarantee a killer thirst, but to determine your future spouse.  Yes, Chips Ahoy ain't got nothing on these cookies.  

You see, the myth states that you are to eat the cookie before bed without drinking anything along with it.  That night, if you are served water by someone in your dreams, that person is to be your future spouse.  Oh, and if you want more confidence in this act, you just need to place a full glass of water next to your bed with a mirror over the top of it.  This will not only provide a great night stand accessory, but is believed by Armenians to provide a clearer recollection of the visitor in your dreams.  

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