16 Facts About Armenians


Armenians are an ethnic group native to the Armenian highlands of Western Asia.

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Armenians constitute the main population of Armenia and the de facto independent Artsakh.

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Additionally, their connections to Armenians is inconclusive as it is not known what languages were spoken in these regions.

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Armenians have since remained isolated and genetic structure within the population developed ~500 years ago when Armenia was divided between the Ottomans and the Safavid Empire in Iran.

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In 885 CE the Armenians reestablished themselves as a sovereign kingdom under the leadership of Ashot I of the Bagratid Dynasty.

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The Armenians developed close social, cultural, military, and religious ties with nearby Crusader States, but eventually succumbed to Mamluk invasions.

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Governments of the Republic of Turkey since that time have consistently rejected charges of genocide, typically arguing either that those Armenians who died were simply in the way of a war, or that killings of Armenians were justified by their individual or collective support for the enemies of the Ottoman Empire.

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Armenians are believed to have had a presence in the Armenian Highland for over 4, 000 years.

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Armenians in the diaspora informally refer to them as Hayastantsis, meaning those that are from Armenia (that is, those born and raised in Armenia).

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Regardless, most of the modern days diaspora consists of Armenians scattered throughout the world as a direct consequence of the genocide of 1915, constituting the main portion of the Armenian diaspora.

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In diverse communities where many different kinds of Armenians live together, there is a tendency for the different groups to cluster together.

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The descendants of these Orthodox and Chalcedonic Armenians are the Hayhurum of Greece and Catholic Armenians of Georgia.

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Armenians have been successful in chess, which is the most popular mind sport in Armenia.

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Armenians have been successful in weightlifting and wrestling, winning medals in each sport at the Olympics.

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Armenians kept to their traditions and certain diasporans rose to fame with their music.

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Certain Armenians settled to sing non-Armenian tunes such as the heavy metal band System of a Down or pop star Cher (whose father was Armenian).

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