DARAZ | Rituals

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Temporary temple spaces were created to hold participatory rituals drawing on pre-Christian practices in the Armenian tradition. Temple clerics were dressed in ceremonial attire inspired by traditional Armenian costume with covered faces to draw focus away from the human element and encourage spiritual communion.

DARAZ | Amanor

Spring 2016

Amanor is an ancient Armenian New Year celebration occurring twice in the calendar year. Once for the Spring Equinox and another at the time of harvest.

Participants were invited by clerics to receive the blessing of Spring in exchange for meditating on the following:

In the past year, what in your life has passed? From that death what seed has emerged to bring new life?

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Offerings on two strips of fabric, black for what has passed and green for new life were tied to overhead cords. After adding their offerings, participants were anointed with fresh parsley and received the gift of an egg, traditionally dyed with onion skins, as symbols of the new life of the Spring season.


DARAZ | Amar

Summer 2016

Amar is Armenian for Summer, a time when plants produce in abundance— but left unchecked can overextend beyond their means. Participants in this Rite of First Harvest were allowed into the space one by one and offered a plum, a symbol of this abundance, and instructed to return when only pit remained.

While meditating on places they may have overgrown, participants were given space to symbolically prune and burn such branches—followed by burying their plum pit in sand toward more directed, intentional growth.