When Armenian women marry, they choose an orphan daughter as a Matron of Honor and a Georgian Husband as a Father of the Pride. But sometimes these two girls are not the same, no matter how long you have been together. For example, when an Armanian wife marries a Georgian man, they have an issue of honor which cannot be resolved easily. Devotion to the family is one of those traditions, which have been developed over years-long generations of this country. Armenian wife will always carry them in, wishing to be as up to date as possible.
That does not mean that the Armanian women of today are less loyal or less loving towards their husbands than their mothers were. There is nothing like being raised by your parents to believe in the purity of your blood, to know that to follow your father and your brothers in faith is the right thing to do. The tradition of an Armenian family being deeply religious started way back during the time of Alexander the Great. The story goes that a young Armenian woman named Nana visited her husband and demanded to know his father’s position. He refused to tell her and then told her to return home. She did and never returned.
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Many scholars believe that this was the start of the end of the royal family in the united Armenian states. It was then that the soldiers were sent to areas with the highest Christian population to work as clerks, servants or monks. After several years they were forced to convert to Christianity or face death. The daughters of these families had to marry men of their stepfather’s culture and religion and become wives to much older men. This is why we call it the Armenian wives and children of Russian Army. However, even though many historians believe that this trend originated in the middle of World War I, some say that it began even earlier during the reign of Catherine the Great.
Anyways, the Russian Army continued to take control of large parts of the armanian lands. Some of these soldiers married local women and brought them over to the Russian side. When the soldiers left to fight against Napoleon in France, many of them did not have wives with them. These were mostly single mothers who took care of their children. This caused great friction between the new Russian soldiers and their former armanian countrymen.
Thus, a new tradition arose: the sending of women to serve as Russian advisers, concubines and even spies (in the later stages of World War II). This caused many problems because the wives of these armanian gentlemen were not considered legitimate citizens of their armanian country and therefore were not allowed to participate actively in any military activities. However, the situation did change when the Collective Landmine Relief Act was passed in 1977. This act enabled the Armenians of different countries to exchange wives or husbands with each other once they had been liberated from their respective nationalities. Thus, the creation of a black community of Armenian wives was created.
Since there are so many stories about how Armenian women got into the arms of the enemy, you can read about many fascinating episodes in the history of Armenian women in the popular children’s book, How to train your child to be a better human being by pointing out that the most successful marriages are those in which both husband and wife are fully committed to one another. How to train your child to be a better human being is also meant to teach children the real meaning of family, friendship, trust, honesty, and hard work. One of my favorite stories about a young Armenian girl, Bahara Saleema, who became a well-known singer and actress after her marriage to an Australian citizen, John Howard, explains how her transition to her new life in Australia was marked by many happy experiences. As she was singing in an Australian television show, “I Love Lucy”, her husband came to the set to offer his arm and support for her.
The cultural norms of the time allowed marriages between Armenian wife and husbands with very little resistance from either side. However, in countries like Australia, it is important to note that there is a ban on any marriages between Armenian women and foreign men. For instance, a man from Pakistan can’t marry an Armenian woman if she’s not from Armenia. Furthermore, there are also certain social codes and traditions that dictate that only wives should be involved in the running of a household while her brothers are away serving in the army.
The tradition of an Armenian wife marrying an Australian husband began to fall out of favor as the two cultures began to move further apart. Australian immigration authorities aren’t quite sure why this trend has started, but they have concluded that it may have to do with the influx of more and younger Somalis into the country. Regardless of their origins, however, young Armenian women are choosing to tie the knot with their future husbands from countries like Australia. There may be several factors at work in the recent rise of this phenomenon, ranging from family pressures to boredom with the traditional Armenian culture. However, for those who have chosen this path, it is a fascinating way of getting married and living in another country for a while.