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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:27 PM

After watching this I just wanted to pack my bags and move there. It amazes me to think of all the potential in that piece of land.
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Posted 03 October 2017 - 11:53 AM

The Armenian Weekly
Oct 2 2017
Unseen Armenia: Artsakh Wine Festival, Togh Village

By Hovsep Daghdigian on October 2, 2017



It would have been hard to imagine a more suitable site for the Sept. 16 Artsakh Wine Festival than Togh village in Artsakh’s Hadrut marz (district), since it is easily accessible; there is one main road through the village.


Young dance group, Artsakh Wine Festival, Togh village (Photo: Hovsep Daghdigian)

In the village center is an expansive preserve containing extensive remains of the medieval residence and administrative structures of the Dizak meliksMelik Yegan and his successors. Togh and much of the Hadrut region was part of a medieval region called “Dizak.”


One of many food booths (Photo: Hovsep Daghdigian)

Much of Karabagh was ruled by five medieval princes called meliks. It is believed that many of the meliks were descendants of earlier Armenian nobles. Though there were perhaps 100-200 meliks according to some sources, five meliks, called the “khmsa melikoutyounner” (“khmsa” is “five” in Arabic), were the central governing body with Melik Yegan (Yeganyan) and his successors being the chief among them. The Togh site is being preserved and renovated with a descendent of Melik Yegan overseeing the restoration. Numerous signs, both in English and Armenian, are posted with historical notes, photographs, and diagrams explaining the history and architecture of the site.


Singers, Artsakh wine festival, Melik palace in back, Togh village (Photo: Hovsep Daghdigian)

The meliks were established from the 15-18th century when Persia was in conflict with the Turks for control of the area. Local Armenian rulers, allied with the Persians against Turkish rule, were given autonomy by the Persians and allowed to maintain armies, all of course subservient to Persian authority. Persian Nadir Shah (ruled 1732-1747) approved the confederation of the Khmsa Meliks in the medieval principalities of Gulistan, Jraberd, Khachen, Varanda, and Dizak; all in Artsakh, headed by Dizak’s Melik Yegan.

The main two-story building at the Togh site was the palace was built in 1737 by Melik Yegan, the son of a priest. Other structures include reception halls, and the 17th century Saint Hovhaness church above the palace complex. There is the possibility that an earlier church existed on the site. Near the church are gravestones of the Dizak meliks. The site abounds in other structures as well.


Singer, Artsakh Wine Festival, Melik palace in back, Togh village (Photo: Hovsep Daghdigian)

At the wine festival there was, of course, wine tasting with opportunities to purchase local wines. Food was in abundance, with kebab, khorovats, corn, and the specialty: Togh’s unique harissa (“korkot” in the local dialect) made with pork as opposed to the traditional use of chicken or lamb. Numerous local handicrafts, pastries, preserves, etc. were also available.


Dancers, Artsakh Wine Festival, Togh village (Photo: Hovsep Daghdigian)

But perhaps most impressive was the singing of patriotic songs both by individuals and groups as well as dancing by local youth groups. A young man sang songs from Sasun which, like Artsakh, is mountainous with its people fiercely defensive of their liberty. I could not imagine a more apt location for such a festival. Simply to hear the music, soak up some history, and jostle in line to get some harissa, was a unique and rewarding experience.


Dancers, Artsakh Wine Festival, Togh village (Photo: Hovsep Daghdigian)

More information on the Meliks of Artsakh is available from a number of websites. In English there is Raffi’s The Five Melikdoms of Karabagh (1600-1827), Armenian Literature in Translation, translated by Stepan Melkonian, 2010, Taderon Press.

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 01:28 PM

The baboonjanis will go ballistic when they see this, they will for sure black list it.

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Nov 18 2017
November 18, 2017 - 11:15 AMT
Famous American brand's t-shirt features Karabakh flag on the sleeve

A long-sleeve new t-shirt by HUF features the flag of Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh) alongside some two dozen other flags down both sleeves.

Karabakh's flag was derived from that of Armenia, with only a white, five-toothed, stepped pattern added to symbolize the current separation of Artsakh from Armenia proper.

On the t-shirt, the flag is nestled between those of South Korea and Switzerland.

The brand was created by Los-Angeles-based pro skater Keith Hufnagel who founded HUF as a way of bring together streetwear, footwear and skateboarding.




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