Vedi Near Mount Ararat

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The province of Ararat (or Aryarat) is believed named for the Aryan people who once lived here. The name Vedi is then the Vedic name for a sacrificial altar upon which the dead were cremated.

The Armenian hypothesis identifies this area (and the area a little east and north) as the home of the Aryans and their holy book the Rig-Veda. The following link provides a scholarly explanation of this theory tying the Aryans with the Bronze Age "catacomb people" and their Vedi sacrificial altar which resembled the four-pointed vajra - the thunderbolt of Indra and hammer of Thor.


http://www.samorini.it/doc1/alt_aut/ek/klejn.htm

Interestingly, this area was associated with Queen Semiramis, the Assyrian goddess of Venus who was believed to linger here after the death of the legendary King Ara the Handsome. More on that here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara_the_Beautiful

A connection might also be made to the biblical flood story and Noah's Ark landing on the top of Mt. Ararat. This could well be an adaptation from the transcendental Mt. Meru of the Rig-Veda, the summit of which the Aryans believed was the musical origination point of the world.