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  • by Western Armenia, May 24, 2024 in Patrimony
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Atsik

All linguists agree that the atsik  is prepared in large quantities and distributed. In Bayazet, atsik, as a rare dish, was shared among close neighbors and relatives.

 This also indicates that malt was used as a sacrifice. They do not add salt, oil or sugar to the malt. The fact that the malt was brewed a lot and distributed to the whole community, in itself is evidence  to the malt having a ritual function.

It is again based on the idea of ​​grain, bread offering. One of the many examples of grain sacrifice is that someone who was sick would bake lavash and distribute it to seven houses so that the sick person would get well.

Women with the "competence" to "lay" malt. The recorded material proves that atsik was laid by a woman with children (the main guarantee was to have many children), who also enjoyed great respect in the community.

It is known that a number of rainmaking rituals were also reserved for elderly women with children, whose ability to bear fruit was to be transferred to the earth.

In fact, malt is not a word either, which further confirms its being a ritual food, and in the primitive tribal period, it was a grain sacrifice.

The worship of bread is essentially identical with the worship of grains. Cereals, wheat and, in general, legumes are enchanting, ensuring good luck, the abundant use of which in the initial conceptions should ensure the permanence and perpetuity of life.