Armenian Folk Arts, Culture, and Identity
Abrahamian, Levon, Sweezy, Nancy, and Sweezy, Sam, editors.
Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2001, 312 pages. ISBN 0253337046.
Nine Armenian scholars explore the origins and meanings of Armenian identity though symbols. Expressions of ethnic identity are also explored through articles of clothing and jewelry. Traces of ancient myths and legends that convey contemporary Armenian values and beliefs are observed in community celebrations such as feasts and festivals, music, and wedding rituals. Drawing on a wealth of sources from ancient lapidary inscriptions to medieval historiographies and modern travel books, Armenian Folk Arts, Culture, and Identity takes readers to archaeological sites, to see artifacts, and to visit some of the artisans who have created Armenian culture. More than 60 color and 200 black-and-white photographs illustrate the vital artistic heritage of Armenia.