Ayb explores Armenia during its Genocide Centennial commemorations, from the perspective as a new husband seeking to understand the history and culture that I will need to honor and shepherd for my future family. The work travels through ancient histories, religious ceremonies and memorials, recent conflicts, and war as I come to terms with everything from a humanist perspective.
The first section, Amousin, is about arrival in Armenia and understanding who I am and who I can be in this story.
The next sections, to be released in the coming weeks, discuss the Genocide Centennial observations in their many forms, Nagorno-Karabakh and the strangeness of de jure statehood and de facto military occupation, and the political conflicts between Armenia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan.
Part 1: Amousin