Armenian Flag, Apricot and Duduk
Updated: Dec 7, 2019
Every-time when I tell about the Armenian flag and the colors, people are surprised. They ask me: "Color of Apricot, what's that"?
The national flag of Armenia consists of three horizontal bands of equal width.
red on the top emblematizes the Armenian Highland, the Armenians' continued struggle for survival, maintenance of the faith, independence and freedom
blue in the middle emblematizes the will of the people of Armenia to live beneath peaceful skies
color of apricot (“tsiranaguyn”) on the bottom emblematizes the creative talent and hard-working nature of the people of Armenia
Yes, The Color of Apricot.
Apricot is an Armenian fruit. Even its scientific name, Prunus Armeniaca, or Armenian prunes, honors that fact. The Romans called the apricot "the Armenian apple."
Armenians have been cultivating apricots for over 3,000 years. Apricot stones found in the debris of the temple at Garni prove it.
The apricot has been the symbol of nationality and victory for Armenians for many centuries. In the Middle Ages, Armenian kings and knights would go to battle wearing apricot-colored ornaments called “tsirani.”
There is a legend that say "the apricot tree is the only tree that Noah brought from the Ark, to plant in the new soil and grow it for the people. The Flood destroyed many fruit trees, however, the apricot survived".
Apricot, Duduk and the Legend
“Duduk is the only instrument that can make me cry” ~ Aram Khachaturyan, the great Armenian composer
Have you ever heard about 3000 years old Armenian instrument DUDUK?
If no, I would strongly recommend listen the divine sound of this magic instrument.
Duduk is an ancient double reed woodwind instrument made of APRICOT WOOD. It is deeply impressive Armenian instrument.
There is a legend about Apricot and Duduk too.
"Once upon a time there was a wind that felt in love with the apricot tree and used to play with its beautiful leaves. One day the storm; the king of the winds, decided to destroy the forest. The wind told the storm he couldn’t live without his beloved tree. The storm had decided to keep the apricot tree, but with a condition, “if the wind ever flies to the sky again, the tree will dye”.
When autumn came, the leaves of the tree fell down and the wind could not play with her anymore. So the wind decided to fly to the sky after which the storm broke the branches of the tree.
A young man, took a soft branch of the broken apricot tree and made a body of an instrument. And there the magic happened,once he touched it with his leaps the divine sounds of the instrument became a touching music giving a second life to the tree.
Since then this instrument is considered to be the soul of the apricot tree and is called Duduk."
UNESCO proclaimed the ARMENIAN DUDUK, and its music as a MASTERPIECE OF THE INTANGIBLE HERITAGE OF HUMANITY.
DUDUK: the Magic Instrument of Sadness and Happiness
During my travels I meet people who visit Armenia to learn how to play Duduk. I meet people who adore its sound, who use Duduk for their Yoga classes, meditation practices and other healing therapies.
One of the most popular songs among my friends is “Dle Yaman”. Once I had goosebumps, when in Thailand after a Sudarshan Kriya meditation the facilitator put Dle Yaman for the final relaxation. First I wanted to tell what is the music and song about, then I thought better not to.
The sounds of the Duduk often evoke a strong emotional response. It profound beauty connects you to the other dimension.
And not surprisingly worldwide known composers and directors use Duduk.
Peter Gabriele used it for the soundtrack for the movie “The last temptation of Christ”. Duduk is used in the movies such as in “Gladiator”, “Troy”, “Yevgeny Onegin”, “Ararat” and many others.
“In its tiny holes Duduk bears the cry of Armenia’s bitter past”. The famous duduk master Jivan Gasparyan
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