Arevakhach: Armenian Eternity Sign
What characterizes the Armenian monasteries, temples and churches, ancient tombs and cross-stones are the symbols that can be found on them. These symbols come from old times and change according to the epoch in which the church was built, or the tomb was set. Among these symbols there is one, which dates back to 5th century AD and is still used with the same meaning nowadays. This symbol is the Armenian Eternity sign or how Armenians often call the Arevakhach (արևախաչ – sun-cross). The symbol itself represents a round or 3D carved ornament, which is composed with 8 curves running from the center of the symbol.
Arevakhach or Armenian eternity sign can be seen in many places and has also many variations, which sometimes depend on what exact construction or object is it carved or drawn. For example if the symbol is represented on a cradle of a boy, than the sign whirls to the right side, if it’s a cradle of a girl, than to the left. Besides it the sign can also have more or less than 8 curves on it.
It is said that Armenian eternity sign is the descendent of the Swastika, the primitive representations of which were found on some petroglyphs in Armenia, which date back to the Stone Age. This symbol is quite close to the Davit’s star for Hebrews.
The uniqueness of this symbol does not finish here. One of the most interesting facts about it is that one who visits Armenia can find the symbol almost everywhere both on ancient structures such as Mashtots Hayrapet Church of Garni and cross-stones along the countries monastic complexes. The symbol also makes Armenia today the only nation in the world where the Symbol of Eternity is a prominent and integral part of artistic expression and spiritual symbolism, because it is used in poetry and prose as a punctuation sign, to make the breaks between chapters and paragraphs. It will also be included in the Unicode 7.0 when it is released in summer 2014.
In May 2014, in the Eurovision song contest Armenia represented the song “You’re not alone” by Aram MP3, in the last part of which, after the culmination of the song some light effects formed the Arevakhach on the floor of the stage. This performance was highly appreciated by the audience in Denmark.