Armenia is a small, landlocked Eurasian country stuck midway between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. Bordered to the west by Turkey, to the south by Iran, and to the east by Azerbaijan, the nation is bordered to the north by Georgia. Confused? Well, we’re not talking about the Georgia that was always on the mind of Ray Charles, but the Georgia that gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, a couple of years after the complete collapse of Communism. Slightly larger than Haiti, the country is home to nearly 4 million people. In the recent past, Armenia was prone to disaster, both political and physical. Between 1915 and 1918, during a war with the Ottoman Turks, an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed and more than one million were deported to other countries. In 1988, the country was devastated by a powerful earthquake, which caused more than 55,000 deaths.
Dating back to around 4000BC, Armenia was a much larger kingdom, a land that in the Bronze Age spread westwards into eastern Turkey and dipped into northern Iraq and Iran. Yerevan, the capital, was founded in 782BC, and is the world’s oldest city to have existing documentation of its foundation. Under the rule of Tigranes the Great (95-66BC), the country was ten times the size of today’s Republic and stretched from the Mediterranean to the Caspian Sea, encompassing eastern Turkey, Syria, northern Iraq and northern Iran, and Azerbaijan. Ruled by various super-powers, such as the Byzantine, Ottoman and Iranian Empires, by the 19th-century the country was split between the Ottoman and Russian Empires. Within the space of two years, between 1896 and 1896, as many as 300,000 Armenians were massacred by order of Sultan Abdul Hamid II. And, as if this genocide were not enough, it was perpetuated by the Turks during World War I, as mentioned above. Turkey has, however, decided to turn a blind eye to these mass murders, claiming the events to be a figment of imagination. Shades of Orwell and the re-writing of world history!
Steeped in religious history, ancient Armenia’s landscape once featured the 5,137 metre Mount Ararat, the resting place for Noah’s ark during the biblical flood. Nowadays, following the ever-changing borders between countries, the mountain resides in the eastern extremity of Turkey, near its border with northeastern Iran. In ancient history the region’s religion centred around Zoroastrianism, founded in the 7th-century BC by the Persian prophet Zoroaster, and based on the eternal struggle between Ormazd, god of light and goodness, and Ahriman, the spirit of darkness and evil. Adopting Christianity in 301AD, the country is recognised as being the world’s first Christian nation, and today over 90% of Armenian Christians worship in the Orthodox Armenian Apostolic Church. And when it comes to religious buildings, Armenia is home to the world’s oldest cathedral, dating to 303AD, located in Ejmiatsin, approximately 20 kilometres from the capital. Ancient indeed!
Food, language, and other interesting stuff:
Armenian cuisine is a mish-mash of influences handed down from culture to culture throughout antiquity. Based on many ingredients and mainly dependent on Mediterranean and Eastern style cooking, the typical dish is not as spicy as one would suppose. Instead of using the chillies, ginger and curries of countries farther to the east, the Armenians tend to use fresh herbs in the production of very tasty meals. Shish kebabs – cubes of meat and vegetables stuck together on a skewer – are served with a variety of chapatti-type breads. In the same way that the pomegranate is held as the symbol of the Spanish city of Granada, it also represents the Armenian nation.
The national language is .. .. .. yes, Armenian. And, because of the country’s past connections to the Soviet Union, Russian is also spoken by more than 80% of the population. However, English is steadily increasing in popularity, so you should be able to communicate with your beautiful lady from this inspiring country.
Almost a twentieth of the country’s area is taken up by Lake Sevana which, relative to its altitude of nearly 2,000 metres, is the world’s second largest. Like most continental countries, Armenia enjoys hot summers and cold winters with plenty of snow. Due to the fact that the country is a mountainous state, all of it being at least 400 metres above sea level, the rural areas are of outstanding beauty – snow-capped peaks, fast-flowing rivers, and steep-sided valleys which make for excellent hiking. The country is dotted with hundreds of interesting archaeological sites, many of which date back to the Stone Age, and Yerevan has many fine museums and private galleries.
And .. .. .. how about peace through femininity? This is fascinating stuff because the capital, Yerevan, is home to a colossal 22 metre high, copper-plated statue of a woman. It’s even more fascinating when one considers that this symbol of peace replaced a statue of Stalin, whose jaundiced vision saw the purging and the murder of millions.
Enough! What about the women of Armenia?
Yes, good idea. Enough of the waffle! With the country straddling the Euro-Asia divide, the people lean more towards the European stereotype, with skin tones ranging from whiter-than-white to a healthy looking, much desired tan. Unlike the tall northern Europeans, however, the females tend to be a little shorter, perhaps just a tad under the average height. They are graced with high cheekbones and beautiful, big, brown eyes that gaze at you from beneath long eyelashes and dark eyebrows. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and if you happen to be one of the many millions of people who regard Cher as the hallmark of feminine beauty, you’re on the right track to perceiving the gorgeousness of the typical Armenian woman. Yep, through her father, Cher is part Armenian.
Since Communism fell out of fashion at the beginning of the 1990s, gender equality has been officially guaranteed. But not really. Domestic violence is unfortunately a social norm in this country, with up to 60% of women suffering from some form of abuse. The real figure is unknown because the majority of cases are not reported. On top of this, women are disgraced should they seek divorce, they and their families shunned in a form of social purdah. Also, verging towards the Chinese problem of selective sex abortion, the nation is seeing a decline in the birth of females. This, together with the fact that many young males find work in other countries, has led to an imbalance, which shows that young women make up approximately 60% of the nation’s teenage and twenty-something population.
Actually, yes. The single women of this small, but amazing country, are gifted with genuine feminine qualities of kindness, gentleness and warmth. Family oriented, and coming from a country that values its ancient traditions, they generally follow the accepted principles of love and marriage, seeking foreigners who will love, cherish and protect them. Well-organised when it comes to the daily routines of looking after the household and doing most of the cooking, a small minority of city girls will also enjoy some form of employment. Smart and fairly well-educated, they are fond of studying and will undertake further education in order to earn more money and gain independence.
These fabulous women are looking for a serious partner or someone to marry, and look forward to becoming a member of a nice close-knit family. Most of these ladies love children and are very capable of looking after them, and will perhaps persuade you to have more.
How should I date an Armenian woman?
Although there‘s supposedly equality between the sexes, Armenia is still a male dominated society and women are not treated with the same dignity as in the Western world. So when people from West, or anywhere else, would like to date a female from such a wonderful country, they should understand that, although more liberal than they were several years ago, these ladies are still not as free and open as typical single women from Europe or America. Having strong family roots and traditions, their culture is slightly different from the rest of the world, and one should respect this when meeting an Armenian single woman or girl.
Don‘t be in a hurry to rush into a smokin‘ relationship, rather, take time to get to know the lady you’re interested in because she certainly will need time before even hinting that she might be interested in YOU. However, when she is interested, she’ll more than likely be looking for and expecting a full time relationship, not just a casual fling. Patience is a virtue, an especially important one when meeting someone from another ethnic group. Be open, be aware, be considerate and be happy; and, when you find your special dream girl, she will love you and stay with you and bring you all the pleasures that it’s possible to receive.
Honesty at all times. Yes, definitely. But, then, shouldn’t this be a matter of course? Something that’s taken as sacrosanct? Yes, again, definitely. But we are not all saints, and it’s pretty easy to knock out those little white lies from time to time when the situation suits. But try to kick the habit – lies are those little trip switches that lurk in the shadows, just waiting for the right moment to reveal themselves, leap into action and cause untold havoc. Cease and desist, and your life will be richer, happier and more fruitful. So from the first moment of contact, your descriptions of yourself should be accurate. ‘Hi, my name is John... ’
Politeness is important. Actually, it’s vitally important. Along with dignity and respect, politeness is one of our most useful tools when it comes to winning the heart of a lady. Open the door for her and allow her to pass through ahead of you. Pull the chair back for her and edge it forwards as she starts to sit down. And, don’t cut into her conversation. Even though she might be telling you about each and every member of her family, show interest! And if there’s something you might not agree with, argumentation is a wonderful thing, it’s the civilised way to sort out any lingering problems. But, remember, a woman is ALWAYS right – even when she’s wrong! Actually, this is something you should already know – it’s a pretty universal truth.
It’s okay to be casual when it comes to clothes and what to wear, but aim to be smart casual. No woman wants to be greeted by a sweaty oik, who’s spent the last couple of hours running through the city streets trying to find the agreed rendezvous point. Your date will look absolutely stunning, so don’t let her down by turning up in tatty clothes.
Punctuality! If you suggest meeting at a certain time, make an effort to be there at that time, and even better be a few minutes early! In the same way that they frown upon anti-social behaviour, they will also get upset if you are unable to organise yourself so as to be on time. It’s a simple thing, so be prepared and be punctual.
In order to win the heart and the love of this dark-eyed, dark-haired beauty, you’ll need to gain her trust by letting her understand that you also appreciate her other qualities: she’ll want to be sure that it’s not just her beauty that attracts you. Take it easy and take it slowly, get to know your lady as a nice soul mate and in time you’ll come to understand if she’s the right angel for a permanent relationship.
So how do I contact one of these single women from Armenia?
Okay, so now we know all there is to know about these fantastic females, let’s think about the best way to get in touch with one of these charming singles. Obviously, the perfect way is to visit the country and literally bump into her – on the street, in a bar, or in a park! Obviously, this accidental type of meeting is more likely to happen in one of the major cities, such as Yerevan, Vanadzor and Gyumri. Ideally, start the conversation going by saying ‘Hi, do you speak English?’, and away you go.
Again, these should be the genuine article, not a photo-shopped version of a super hero. Remember, on the day of the BIG MEET your prospective partner will expect to see the same person they fell in love with when they read your dating site profile.