Folk Nuggets

Abu Hassan's Loafers

Abu Hassan’s Loafers

Many years ago in the city of Baghdad there lived a shoemaker whose name was Abu Hassan. Abu Hassan was a master shoemaker. With his skilful hands everyday he created loafers for men, women, children; for young and old; for people of all ages. And the number of his customers was endless. But you should have seen Abu Hassan’s loafers!

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Lake Van

Arevamanoog

Armenians consider the Lake Van area (now in Eastern Turkey) the cradle of their poetic and musical heritage. Throughout the nation's four thousand years of known history, many legends have been told about Lake Van and its surrounding majestic mountains.

Arevamanoog is one of them...

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Lake Van

Water of Life

For the Armenian people, all water sources – fountains, springs, rivers – have been and are sacred. Armenia, other than for some brief periods in its 3,000-year-old known history, has been a landlocked country. But the Armenian plateau is the head source of waters for many of the life-giving rivers of the Fertile Crescent.

Armenian folk songs and poetry celebrate these bodies and sources of water.

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Lake Van

Gatil Mu Meghr
— A Drop of Honey

Once when a shopkeeper was selling honey, a drop of honey dripped onto the floor, and of course a bee buzzed into the shop and sat on that drop of honey;
and next thing you know, the shopkeeper’s cat pounced on the bee and killed it. Now this angered a dog that was passing by; so it growled and attacked the cat and killed it too, at which point the furious shopkeeper whacked the dog with his ladle and dropped him onto the floor next to the cat.

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