This story comes to you from Sahan Journal, a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to providing authentic news reporting about Minnesota's new immigrants and refugees. The only books in J. Today, Der Boghossian travels in more expansive circles: The St. Anthony, Minn. But he grew up in a devoutly Christian Armenian American family in lower northwestern Michigan. As a teenager, he hoped his faith would lead to conversion.
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The designation "Armenia" applies to different entities: a "historical" Armenia, the Armenian plateau, the — U. State Department map of an Armenia, and the current republic of Armenia. The notion "Armenian culture" implies not just the culture of Armenia but that of the Armenian people, the majority of whom live outside the current boundaries of the republic of Armenia. Armenians call themselves hay and identify their homeland not by the term "Armenia" but as Hayastan or Hayasdan. The origins of these words can be traced to the Hittites, among whose historical documents is a reference to the Hayasa. In the Bible, the area designated as Armenia is referred to as Ararat, which the Assyrians referred to as Urartu. Armenians have called themselves Torkomian or Torgomian.
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Armenians constitute the main population of Armenia and the de facto independent Artsakh. There is a wide-ranging diaspora of around 5 million people of full or partial Armenian ancestry living outside modern Armenia. With the exceptions of Iran and the former Soviet states , the present-day Armenian diaspora was formed mainly as a result of the Armenian Genocide. Armenian is an Indo-European language. Most Armenians adhere to the Armenian Apostolic Church , a non-Chalcedonian church, which is also the world's oldest national church.