28. September 2015 · Comments Off on curse · Categories: Proverbs
  • I gave him the six letters

    vehtz keerruh tuhree

    This literally means “I told him to get the hell out of here.” It conveys the sense of “get lost.” The six letters refer to the Turkish word “sikdir,” which means f-you.

  • May the five fingers of the monastery blind your eyes

    Vahnkeen heenk mahduh ahchkut gourtzneh

    This saying makes an allusion to the relic of Saint Minas which is a forearm from the elbow to the tip of the five fingers. This holy relic is kept at the museum of the Armenian Monastery in Jerusalem which is located in the Armenian quarter. There is a small room in the church dedicated to Saint Minas which dates back to the 6th century AD. The relic was originally in an Armenian church in Turkey dedicated to Saint Minas. It was brought to Jerusalem for safe keeping.

    When the saying is spoken emphatically it is used as a curse. If it is asked as a question, it is used as a warning to inspire one to make a vow of penitence .
    Saint Minas (Latin:Miniatus; Italian:Miniato,Armenian,3rd century) is venerated as the first Christian martyr of Florence, Italy. The church of San Miniato al Monte in Florence is dedicated to him. According to legend, he was an Armenian king or prince serving in the Roman Army – or making a penitential pilgrimage to Rome – who had decided to become a hermit near Florence.

    He was denounced as a Christian and in 250 AD brought before Emperor Decius, who was persecuting Christians. Miniato (Minas) refused to sacrifice to the Roman gods, and was put through numerous torments –he was thrown into a furnace, was lapidated, and was thrown to a lion or a panther at an amphitheater – from which he emerged unharmed. Finally, he was beheaded near the present Piazza della Signoria, but his legend states that he picked up his own head. Miniato (Minas) then crossed the Arno river and returned to his hermitage on the hill known as Mons Fiorentinus (Monte di Firenze).

    Some of Minas’ relics rest in a crypt in the church dedicated to him, begun by Alibrando, Bishop of Florence, in 1013 and endowed by Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor.

 

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