Saturday, July 23, 2016

Boettiger. Armenian Legends and Festivals

Today's free book is Armenian Legends and Festivals by Louis A. Boettiger. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and Google Books.


Part I. Legends 

Chapter I. The geography of Armenia

Chapter II. Ancient historical legends
1. The legend, of Haic
2. The legend of Ara and Semiramis
3. Historical background of the legend of Ara and Semiramis
4. The legend of Vahakn
5. The historic background of the legend of Vahakn
6. The period of national integration
7. Legends of Artasches and Artavasd

8. Conclusions

Chapter III. Legends of the conversion to Christianity
1. Pre-Christian mythology and religion
2. Legends of Abgar, Thaddeus, and St. Bartholomew
3. Legends of Rhipsime and Gregory
4. The Armenian church as a social force

Chapter IV. Locality legends
1. Ararat
2. Khor-Virap and Erzerum

Chapter V. Interpretation and conclusions

Part II. Festivals
Chapter I. The Gregorian church
Chapter II. Pagan folk festivals
1. Vartavar and the Festival of Mihr
2. The Day of the Dead and Vartan’s Day
3. Fortune-Telling Day
Chapter III. Christian folk festivals
1. Christmas, Easter, and New Year
2. Special church ceremonies
Chapter IV. Private festival occasions
1. Baptism
2. Betrothal
3. Marriage
4. Funeral
Chapter V. Summary

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