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Armenia's Cross: A Cosmic Tree of Life

Updated: Jun 9

This essay was first published in The St. Austin Review. The khachkar, or cross-stone, is unique to Armenia, the first nation to adopt Christianity as a state religion. In my essay I explore the idea of the Cosmic Christ embedded in these beautiful monuments. It was fulfilling to delve into this form of art through my writing, since the khachkar is such an important part of my own heritage. I hope the essay will introduce many new people to the rich culture and history of the Armenians. The piece can be accessed online on Contemplative Light.

Master Poghos

Khachkar at Goshavank Monastery

Tavush Province, Armenia

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