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Origin of the name VARTAVAR.
Etymology of the name VARTAVAR.
Meaning of the baby name VARTAVAR.


VARTAVAR.  Armenian name meaning "flaming of the rose."  See Boettiger's note below.

... This same Mufti was a strong personal friend of one of the leading Protestant Armenians who was our special friend and adviser, and tried in every way to save him from exile, but in vain.  When Vartavar Agha left, the Mufti took possession of his house and all his properties for him.  He also said he would stand as protector of the Americans and the American compound after Vartavar Agha was gone... (The Missionary Herald at Home and Abroad, v.112, 1916)

    Vartavar, meaning "flaming of the rose," was celebrated in pagan times in honor of Anahit, goddess of chastity, at midsummer.  The central act of the festival was the offering of a dove and a rose to her golden image.  With the introduction of Christianity the temple and the image were destroyed, and it may be noted that upon the site of the Temple of Anahit in Vagharshapat was built the Cathedral of Etchmiadzin.  This would lead to the strange conclusion that in the vision of St. Gregory, Jesus Christ descended upon a pagan temple.  The fact seems to be that this marvelous vision was seen by a pious monk who published a life of St. Gregory some two or three centuries after the Illumintor's death.  But the festival became the "Festival of the Transfiguration of Christ," although the name Vartavar still remains, and doves are still set flying. (Armenian Legends and Festivals, Boettiger, 1920)


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