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  • zahrtahr meenchev zahrtahrvee, jahm bahdahrak gahdahrvee

    Before Zahrtahr ( a lady’s name) finished her makeup, the church service finished.

    This humorous proverb makes fun of the vanity of “Zahrtar” who takes so long to put on her make-up before going to church that she misses the church service.

    A name for church in Armenian is “jahm,” which literally means hour or time. Traditionally, in the Armenian churches the “jahmakeerk” was continually read. This book was a devotional of prayers to be read at specific times during a 24 hour period. Therefore, the Armenians called their church “jahm” that referred to the fact that there were recitations of prayers for every minute of the day.

    Published on July 22, 2007 · Filed under: ;
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