“I want to tell you about our ancient coat of arms, which, unfortunately, few of you know about. I am very sorry that it is not included in our coat of arms today (it is part of the Cilician Kingdom, Bagratunyats, Arshakuni and Artashesians (the latter partially)).
Why partially? After all, it is known that, like J. Alishan reports that the national flag or symbol of the ancient a of Kazan (Aikazuns) was a Dragon.
It should be clarified here that when we say dragon, we should not understand a simple dragon (Fig. 1), but Vishapakag, that is, capricorn (Fig. 3), and add that the meaning of “kag”, which is explained in Armenian dictionaries: S. Malkhasyan in the “Explanatory Dictionary”, Aghayan in the “Radical Dictionary”, “The New Dictionary of the Aigaz language” is “goat”, and not another stupidity sown by our church for centuries, as if to “reap / kill”.
Fig. 2 is the coat of arms of Philippos Sarkisian in 1875.
Raffi writes about the dragon as our coat of arms (at least since Yervanduni), probably in the same way as Hayk Khachatryan (Armenian coat of arms, Tehran, 1969), based on Bishop Garegin, according to these lines of the Arvardzian folklore database “Grots-broci” – “The dragon sometimes Haykaz was a sign of the Armenian flag in the time of Tigran Yervandyan…”
According to some inaccurate sources, during the reign of Tigran II the Great, a seven-headed dragon was depicted on the coat of arms of Hayk.
Fig. 3 – the dragon of the flag of the Byzantine Armenian legions. I don’t want to give here the symbolism of these genealogy totems, because this requires a long separate article and this is not my problem right now. I will only say that capricorn has been recorded in our culture since the time of rock art. And it seems that these petroglyphs are the oldest evidence of this symbol of the “house” (constellation) of the winter solstice (Fig. 4).
I would like to add that the goat is a symbol of the Armenian god Haya, his son (Marduk / Vahagn), and grandson (Nabu). Anyone who wants to learn more about the dragon can read a short article by Karine Avetisyan on my page. And since the seven-headed dragon was mentioned, then we should also talk about the seven-headed menorah of the coat of arms of Israel.
Even Jewish scholars consider the menorah to be almost a symbol of MIAK of indigenous Jewish origin. But, of course, this is not the case… Figure 5. The seven-headed dragon of Indian culture. And fig. 6 is one of the most famous finds in Metsamor – a seven-layer pipe (XV century BC). And Fig. 8 from Ergri.
Many experts have been writing about these similarities for a long time. We all know our famous saying – “How many heads does he have …?”. But not everyone knows about the characteristics of these dragons with different numbers of Aryans. Fig. 9 – Indian dragons “nagas”, which I will not talk about now. What animal is associated with the tree of life, if not with a snake? But this is not important, but the fact that the coat of arms of Israel was based on the minor of the Second Temple on the triumphal arch dedicated to the conquest of Judea by Emperor Titus (Fig. 10). But Jewish rabbis admit and claim that the menorah on this triumphal arch does not correspond to the description of the menorah in the Torah.
From the latest version (the sculptor remembered badly))) it’s hard to imagine a more ridiculous explanation. Intentionally or for some artistic reasons, but the author of the coat of arms of Israel pronounced this menorah on the coat of arms in such a way that the tall sculptures of the dragon (11. 12) are generally unrecognizable (Fig. 13). You will not believe or check, but I assure you that even in the most detailed interpretations of this coat of arms you will not find a single mention of these symbolic creatures.
Why am I talking about all this in such detail? The fact is that about a century before the Emperor Titus, Palestine was conquered by our Tigran II the Great through Jerusalem .., but unlike Titus, he did not destroy the city and did not harm the locals, but on the contrary…I think the Menorah of trophies brought by Titus to Rome could have been created only during the reign of Tigranes – either as a gift from our generous king, or from Jews grateful to him (and today denying it) …Anyway, I don’t see a more logical explanation.
Finally, we must say that we were not the only ones who had a dragon on their flag. You can still see the Dragon on the Welsh flag today (Fig. 15). P.S. I demand to revise our tricolor flag, which says nothing and add our ancient coat of arms. It makes no sense that our current coat of arms does not have at least the coat of arms of Yervanduni.