Legends of Haya’s Guardians
In the vast expanse of the cosmos, within the tapestry of the Milky Way galaxy, an ethereal pathway is known among Armenians as the Road of Հարդագող (Hardagogh), the Straw Thief. Legend whispers of a time long ago when Vahagn, a noble ancestor of Armenians, daringly stole a sheaf of wheat from Barshamin, a venerable ancestor of Assyrians, during a harsh winter. The luminous trail that graces the heavens, partially revealed as the Milky Way, is said to be the celestial remnant of that stolen Straw.
Since ancient times, mortals have gazed in awe at this celestial spectacle, captivated by its mystical form. According to the sagacious words of Anania Shirakatsi, the illustrious astronomer, astrologer, and philosopher of the seventh century, the Milky Way is a colossal band of light, wherein the brilliance of innumerable stars converges, weaving a tale written in the cosmic heavens.
The Legacy of Hayasa
In an ancient era, our ancestors thrived in harmony, driven by exploration and creativity. However, as the flame of knowledge dwindled within humanity, Zorguni, the sovereign of Andund (Darkness), perceived their vulnerability. With relentless force, Zorguni’s legions assaulted and overcame the humans with ruthless precision. Displaced, captive, or tragically ended, many suffered. Witnessing the chaos, the Guardians rallied together, unveiling a portal that transported them aboard Dragonstone spaceships across galaxies in pursuit of vibrant, life-infused planets. Choosing Earth as their new abode, they aspired to forge a fresh beginning.
From the celestial realm of Hayk, seven celestial beings, known as the Elders, descended upon the majestic highlands. In this sacred land, they established the Citadel of profound knowledge, the Secretum secretorum. They named their realm Hayasa or Great Armenia, and its people became Armenians..
The Elders established the Mkhitarist monastery, and iconic monuments like Geghard, Dadivank, Goshavank, Hovannavank, and Mugni. They enriched the world with captivating legends, enchanting tales, and the national epic “Sasna Tsrer,” all beautifully illustrated through intricate miniature paintings that depicted their vibrant lives and essential tools. Guiding the people, they nurtured formidable warriors and instilled a deep reverence for principles like courage, self-discipline, justice, and wisdom as pillars of a virtuous life.
… Ages passed, and in the ancient city of Dvin, an excavation unearthed a mysterious pyramid-shaped mountain. On it, a board adorned with enigmatic symbols and sentences in an unfamiliar language was found. Remarkably, a central part hinted at the possibility of being unlocked by a key.
These inscriptions, a blend of numbers, letters, and symbols, became known as Armenian Treasures. They granted present-day guardians the chance to delve into centuries-old wisdom, now accessible through modern tools like computers and phones.