(Do you know about Armenian people physical characteristics?)
It may be interesting for many people, especially for those who are not Armenians, to know about physical characteristics of Armenian people.
Here are some common features that will be explained in a more detailed way in the article. Armenia is one of the ancient nations of the Middle Eastern Asia and Armenians belong to the Europoid and Armenoid race types. They are commonly characterized by having short and round skull, wide forehead, medium face size, long and curved nose, thick eyebrows, wide and mostly dark cute eyes, long eyelashes, mostly thick and dark hair type, and white skin.
Did you some interest in them? Alright then, 10 common features of Armenian people’s physical characteristics will be introduced. Take a look!
Armenian people physical characteristics 1 -EYES-
The deepest and more philosophical component of Armenians physical characteristics is their eyes. Only eyes can symbolize the real nature and character of Armenians. Armenians accept they have different and specific eyes that no other nation in the whole world has. There are many writings, and songs devoted to gorgeous Armenian eyes in fact.
According to a legend,
eyes of Armenians were blue like the waves of the Van Sea, deep as Armenian valleys and charming like Armenian nature.
Variously colored eyes
Today, unfortunately, it’s difficult to distinguish what most Armenian eyes physically look like. To put it short – they are deep and CUTE! Mostly, they are dark, brown or black in color, sometimes you’ll meet Armenians also with blue, green or honey-colored eyes.
Size of their eyes is big!
The most visible characteristic is the size of the eyes: they have big, very big eyes (Actually, many foreigners told us they envy our eyes!!!)! They also say that Armenian eyes, regardless of a person’s age, look very sad sometimes.
We can’t unequivocally say why there is something mysterious about those characteristics of Armenian eyes, but the fact is they were formed over the centuries and now are part of the national genetic portrait.
There is a popular concept among Armenian people according to which the eyes of the nation are so big because people have been through historical struggles and difficulties for centuries and got surprised at how they survived facing one more hazard, one more struggle.
Writing and songs about Armenian eyes
As it is already mentioned above, not only Armenians but also foreign writers and authors have written about Armenian eyes.
One of them is a famous Russian journalist and author Vladimir Posner who devoted one of his autobiography book’s chapters «Farewell to illusions» to his memories about Armenia.
He wrote particularly about Armenian eyes;
“Eyes of the children (Armenian children) eyes were filled with just the same wisdom and sorrow as ones of grownups. At the moment, I had a strange and uncomfortable feeling because I assumed those children were wiser and more powerful at birth than I would be at the hour of my death.
At that moment, I realized that my culture, my civilization were nothing in comparison with what was preserved by them. These people managed to survive as a nation, keep their language, culture, land (the latter not completely enough though). They are lineal descendants of people who lived long before the birth of Rome and before the Ancient Greece was created and rose, who were contemporaries of ancient Egyptians’, belonging to the era of first Pharaohs”.
For a more visual definition of Armenian eyes, let us present a small part of a loved song “Armenian Eyes” (the author of the lyrics – Armenak Sargsyan (Sarmen) and the music composer – Robert Amirkhanyan).
|Հայի աչքեր, սիրու՛ն աչքեր,||Armenian’s eyes, lovely eyes,|
|Սև ամպն էր ձեզ ծածկել դարեր,||The black cloud was to cover you for ages,|
|Սև վիշտն էր ձեզ մաշել, տանջել,||Black sorrow to gnaw you, torment,|
|Ձեզնից ժպիտն առել-տարել:||Taken away from you smile.|
|Լույսի լճակ` աչքեր տրտում||Light pond, eyes downcast|
|Այս ե՞րբ դարձաք այսպես խնդուն:||When you became so gleeful?|
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Armenian people physical characteristics 2 -HAIR-
According to the Armenian mythology, ancestor Hayk – forefather of Armenians had curly, golden hair reaching his shoulders. Today, some Armenians have curly and light-colored hair but Armenian people more commonly have dark – black or brown hair. Armenian hair is one of the most notable characteristics as a combination of dark and expressively curly or wavy hair.
Armenian men and women’s hair
Traditionally, Armenian men, regardless of their social class, used to have long hair. Nowadays, short-cut hair is generally more widespread.
As for women, like traditional women, modern Armenian woemen mostly keep their hair long. It has always been acceptable for women to have long hair and comb them in a form of long and beautiful plaits.
In tales or songs, one can often meet descriptions of women’s beauty where their hair plays an important role. The meaning of having long beautiful hair was so highlighted that there is a female name “Varsenik”, literally meaning “a girl with beautiful hair”.
Armenian people physical characteristics 3 –NOSE-
The Armenian nose is an aquiline nose, which for many Armenians is considered a sign of an aquiline character. They usually compare it with their mountains, that is high, proud and honest. So, noses are a sign of being Armenians!
It is widely recognized that the Armenians have a big “Caucasian nose” but it is also noteworthy that they don’t have a “Caucasian nose”. They have an “Armenian nose”, because Armenia and The Caucasus differ in geographical, cultural and other terms in details. Undoubtedly, its appearance of today is a mixture of many nations’ nose characteristics as a result of having to live under the rules of various nations for centuries. There are also some elements of the Caucasian nose, some of eastern and western nations.
Armenians are always both proud of their comparatively large noses, considering them a significant part of their essence, and humorous about that part of their face. In 2014, there was even a premiere of the comedy “Qit Cut” (“qit” means “nose” in Armenian) in Yerevan State Chamber Theatre.
Armenian people physical characteristics 4 -HANDS-
Hands are the next characteristic of Armenians’ physical appearance. The arms are also very pliable and rough. They are pliable because these people were actively practicing activities such as crafts, arts and medicine for centuries. Armenian hands are rough because they are hands of a nation, that was also busy in agriculture, construction and weapon crafting.
Arms of Armenian men are very strong while those of women are nicely smooth. It is traditionally a fact that Armenians represent a very parent-oriented and especially mother-honoring nation. There is a number of songs and poems describing the uniqueness of Armenian women.
One of the most loved and popular Armenian poets – Paruyr Sevak – has devoted a wonderful poem to Armenian mothers’ hands as below.
A Mother’s Hands
These very hands, a mother’s hands,
These old and new hands.
Whatever do you want to say
That haven’t been done by these hands?
When I got married
How gracefully these hands had danced,
And with whatever dreams these hands had danced…
…. Let us today, as children do,
Kiss these very hands
Which gave birth into this world
And also fed us,
Which in this world they have won us And also kept us,
That have never felt full of us
These very hands,
That have wiped the dust
And also did the washing up
Always judging, always working
These very hands.
Armenian people physical characteristics 5 -SPINE-
Generally speaking, it can be said Armenians have long backbone. Men are strong, muscled and have a thick waist, which naturally is the key to their power. Likely to say, you do not want to fight with Armenian men!
Armenian women are thin and have long-spine. One of the features of their body structure is having a slim waist and wide thighs. Another important part of a description of Armenian women’s beauty is an expression of their back posture. A famous Armenian ashugh (traditional Armenian singer or musician), “Sayat Nova” compared an Armenian woman with a plane tree, describing her as having long and thin spine just like the tree; saying “Your spine is like a plane tree”.
To add, taraz, a compound part of the Armenian traditional clothing, is the belt allowing women to emphasize their beautiful nice waist and beautiful posture.
Armenian people physical characteristics 6 -EYEBROWS-
The eyebrows are different and as various as eyes. Armenian men are distinguished by thick and long eyebrows which generally bend down to eyes. But here too, we can’t say for sure because it depends on people!
Armenian women are recognized as having arched eyebrows that hook on to the edge of their eyes. It is also recognized with the song about Nubar, a girl with arched eyebrows; “…Nubar’s height resembles that of a plane tree, a girl with arched eyebrows”.
Armenian people physical characteristics 7 –CHEST-
It is an essential part of the Armenians’ physical characteristics description. Armenian men are mostly broad-shouldered. They have wide back and wide chest. As for women, despite their thin spine, they have a wide and significant breast too!
Armenian people physical characteristics 8 -MOUTH-
The mouth of Armenians is not very big and not too small. It is mainly medium in size in general. Their lips are not too thick but not too thin. They are basically suitable and corresponding with face features. They have pink and lovely lips usually.
Armenian people physical characteristics 9 -Height-
Are Armenians taller than the average height in the world?
Actually, their height depends on the geographical region and is slightly above the average. It is also accepted that for their height, Armenian men are very heavy and masculine. As for younger boys, they are thin but with age, but after 35, many men turn up to have big bellies unfortunately…
Armenian people physical characteristics 10 -SKIN COLOR-
Skin color like height and hair type depends on the region where a certain person or his or her ancestors have lived. Generally speaking, however, Armenians are recognized to have pink-white, dark white and light brown colors of skin.
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At the end, we see all the mentioned characteristics come to prove that Armenians are a specific nationality just like any other nationality in the world!
With one difference – they are neither Europeans, nor Asians, not even Caucasians. Armenians both physically and genetically are considered to be a unique combination of all three, but at the same time, their genetic portrait consists of features that none of the mentioned race types has.