Life in Ancient Taron
Moush was the center of the Taron region of Greater Armenia. 75263 Armenian people used to live in its center which used to own 103 villages with 113 churches, 66 monasteries, 87 schools in 1914.
Today, the historical Kale District of Moush, an ancient Armenian settlement, has been demolished by TOKI within the Urban Transformation project a couple of years ago.
It is hard to find any traces of its past in Moush, which has been built over an old town that is located in the inner part of a fortress. A cuneiform inscription of Menua, the king of Urartu 800 BC from the Armenian Mamikonian family, who was governing and defending the Taron region of Greater Armenia in the 8th century; and then the The Bagratuni family, the Byzantine period, the Ottoman period… Armenian history of Taron starts to fade away with wars, exiles, murders, pillage, genocide, economical pressure, forced islamicizing…  There are a couple of Christian Armenian families left in Sasun. Today, Christian and islamized Armenians start to transfer their grandparents’ narrations. They protect their identity with memories. They talk about everything what they had kept silent until now. It is hard to say if they are pleased about staying in their motherland. Most of them came from Sasun and they would rather prefer to move to Istanbul.
Despite all the massacre and pillage, Sasun with a heavy Armenian population, is known to be one of the hardest places to control in history. In 1904 the Ottoman national government launched a military expedition to the natives of Sasun but it failed. The people of Sasun, who earn their living as farmers and with animal husbandry in tough geographical conditions, didn’t go through an intense migration like other people, who had to move due to the lack of safety and tax pressure. But after the resistance in 1918, they got isolated and had to migrate to Armenia in Caucasus.
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