Ուստի կուգաս ՂԱՐԻԲ ԲԼԲՈՒԼ,
Դու մի լաց լի, ես իմ լալու
Sayat Nova.;Usti kougas GHARIB blbul
Du mi lats li, es im lalou.
Some time ago, women talking among themselves, when asked who the potential bride/groom to be was, they would say “ama qourik chgitem, GHARIB e. That meant the fiance was not a Kiliketsi, Aintabtsi, Marashtsi or Kilisetsi, but may be a “stranger/foreigner from Kharberd or Sasun.
Gharib/Ghareeb, used in many cultures, including the Armenian is from the Arabic/Aramaic/Assyrian to mean stranger, foreign(er). Remember that the Arabs have another word to mean strange/foreign/savage/barbarian- “Ajami”, which in fact means Persian. It is only a sign of extreme xenophobia that anyone who lived to their east would be called “ajami/savage” and those who lived to their west would be called “gharib”, to literally mean “westerner” based on the Arabic word “gharb” to mean west/sunset.
In the Arabic culture, the land of Morocco is known as Maghreb, the sunset. Does Moro/moor like Othello the Moor, to mean dark skinned middle eastern.north African come from “maghreb/maghoro/moro”? Some southern Italians have darker skins than Othello, to not forget the widespread Italian surname Nigro/Black.(I know of several of them).
Is “gharib/gharb/maghreb” really an original Arabic word?
WE know that the Assyrians had divided the world into two segments. They called lands to their east “ASI”, “sunrise” and they called those to west “EREB” to mean “sunset“. Is that where words like “ASIA” and “EUROPE” came from? Of course, there are those who would argue that “Europe” comes from the Greek mythological figure “Europa”. http://en.wikipedia....opa_(mythology)
Coming back to “ereb/erebuni”, Be advised that Yerevan/Erebuni was none other than the Assyrian(?) “ereb” to mean “west” from where “ereba/erebani/erebuni//evropa/Europe” was derived.
So! We will rewrite the above song bt Sayat Nova;
Usti kougas GHARIB, Arevmtatsi, otar blbul…Ուստի կուգաս ՂԱՐԻԲ Արեվմտացի օտար բլբուլ
Not to forget that “ereb/west” , whether in its positive/rising or negative/setting variant is precariously reminiscent of “arev” (just substitute B to V as in Bahram,Vahram, Biainili to Van)
PS. Hovannes. Araberenov inches grvi “gharib”?
PPS. Can anyone find the text of that song by Sayat Nova? I couldn't find one.
PPPS. How do we know that "Arab" , that is, west of their geography is not a variation of the Assyrian "ereb"?
We know that th Arabs would prcede their words with 'U' just as we precede ours with H/Յ" as in "արաջ/haraj/Յարաջ/Արաջ"
Edited by Arpa, 18 April 2007 - 09:30 AM.