Woods of Aramanyak - Transcaucasian Fieldnotes

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The de facto state of Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory in South Caucasus traditionally inhabited by Armenian population, is often considered an enigma. The name itself seems to reflect its complex history. The word "Nagorno" is Russian for "mountainous." "Karabakh" is generally accepted that comes from the Turkish "kara" meaning "black" and the Persian "bakh" that means "garden". 
If there's no doubt about the region's "mountainous" aspect, the "black garden" remains a mysterious name...
Armenians calls this region "Artsakh", meaning "Woods of Aramanyak". 
Aramanyak Haykazuni was a king of Armenia from 2026-1980 BCE. He was supposedly the son of Hayk, the legendary founder of Armenia.

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