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A Story From: Armenia
Read Time: ["16 to 20mins"]
For Ages: 5 to 7yrs., 8 to 10yrs.

Anait will marry the the prince only if he first learns a trade.
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"Anait" is based on a story of the same name from Armenian Folk Tales, translated by N. W. Orloff (Colonial House: Philadelphia, 1946) pp. 68-82.

Adapted by Elaine Lindy. ©1999. All rights reserved.


The story "Anait" was published in English in 1946. At that time, the translator N. W. Orloff commented on the Soviet influence on the story, since Armenia borders the former Soviet Union. Said Orloff in his 1946 footnote: "In 'Anait' the father of the heroine whose hand is requested for the son of the king, tells indifferently to the representatives of the king that they have to consult his daughter directly in the matter. Prior to 1920 no Armenian even dreamed of such a shift of responsibility. It was one of the most sacred duties of parents to attend to the choice of life-mates of their children. The same impact of Soviet civilization is to be seen in the reference to Anait's enthusiasm in teaching the village children how to read and write. A pre-Soviet Armenian version of this tale, 'Voski Abaranchanu' ('The Golden Bracelet') has no references to Anait teaching the children of the village, and has her father conducting all the business relating to the choice of her life-mate."
Conquered by Russia in 1916, Armenia was briefly independent in 1918 until occupied by the Red Army in 1920. Following glasnost, Armenian national identity was reawakened. Armenia achieved independence from Russia on October 16, 1991, and in March 1992 the country became a member of the United Nations.