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Stealing of Azerbaijan culture and morality
samples by Armenians
Folklore is the mirror of our morality, the indicator
of our traditions, inseparable part of our cultural wealth. From the other hand,
our ancient folklore traditions enter into the range of common to all mankind
values and represent the wealth of world culture. In accordance with the "Legal
protection of Azerbaijan folklore samples" Law folklore is considered as new,
non-traditional type of intellectual property of our people. That is, in respect
of our folklore samples we proceed also from the legal plane, exclusive rights
position. The owner of the mentioned exclusive right is Azerbaijan people. In
the process of use the origin of folklore sample, it's source must be pointed
out by all means. Breach of requirements, stimulated in the law has as a consequence
legal responsibility. Legal protection of folklore equally with protection of
alive traditions and cultural legacy means the protection of our future development,
the prosperity of our people. Stealing of non - material cultural heritage,
literature and art, and particularly folklore samples of our people by Armenians
has certain history. These false actions, "robbery and misappropriation of other's
traditions" turned into Armenian tradition. The seriousness of the problem is
represented in the document "Violation and destruction of Azerbaijan cultural
heritage" on the session of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
resulting from effort of delegation of Milli Majlis, is reflected in the Statement
of Milli Majlis "In connection with destruction and misappropriation of the
Azerbaijan cultural wealth". Let us not one of the "important" principle of
the mentioned Armenian tradition. Settled people, should misappropriate cultured
heritage of the landowner in order to raise a claim for the territory of his
country. Shortly speaking "came, saw, misappropriated".
Personifications, belonged to our people stolen by them, who are living in a
dream of "Great Armenia" are shown as the evidences of "Great Armenia culture".
Let us note a several "stages" of stealing and misappropriation of our specific
Falsifiers, eager to turn our monuments Stone -fish, Stone-ram, Stone -horse,
came from ancient periods as well as ancient Alban lands and monuments into
the territory of "Eastern Armenia" equally with misappropriated of our stella
and cross-stones, indication stones, monumental masonries and our national decor
engraved on their surfaces as well as our other material monuments, Armenianize
our national "The history of Albania" by Musa Kalangatly, "The history" by Karakos
Ganjali, "Alban chronicle" by Mukhtar Kosa and Rules on "Tradition law". Besides
they related Alban alphabet and script, originated from ancient Turkish roots
and having the same tone with Gamigaya script to the name of Mesrop Mashtots,
who was not aware of Alban language.
Misappropriation and stealing from Azerbaijan people was admitted by the language
of the Armenians from time to time "God damn Turk, however his language was
blessed by the God": "Our language contains at least 50% of Turkish and Farsi
words", "During any ceremonial welcome or wedding, we sing songs in Turkish",
"Azerbaijan language went into our language to the extent, so that songs, verses,
proverbs, sounded in Turkish (Abovyan "The wounds of Armenia"). It has been
admitted even by the foreigners "Armenians create songs in Tatar (Turkish) language,
but not in Armenian", "Most Armenian poets with the aim of spreading their works
in Tatar (Turkish) language, with help of this language" one can travel the
whole Asia to and through" (Haksthausen, Bestujev - Marlinski). Foreigners compared
Azerbaijan language with the France language in Europe, taking into consideration
its importance as the language of intercourse, trade and mutual understanding.
It were the very Abovyans, Hagverdiyans, Agayans, which in the second half of
XIX century attempted to Armenianize our eposes such as "Asli and Karam", "Shakh
Ismail" "Ashig Garib", "Koroglu" and as a result of their moral leadership and
false representation, foreigners such as fon Bodenschtedt and others introduced
proverbs, fairy tales, belonged to Azerbaijan folklore like Armenian ones to
the Europe. The very Abovyan and Agayan turned our ashug music into the music
of Armenian "ashugs husans" (Note, derived from Uzan (Ozan) word) samples by
saying "they have no eposes combined with the songs, these are only in Turkish
language"". However , it is known, that having created more then 400 Armenian
verses in Azerbaijan language, they spread Azerbaijan eposes, with the accompaniment
of Azerbaijan music on the territory of Armenia. During many years independently
of the will of Azerbaijan people these facts of stealing were avoided to be
give publicity both in the times of Tsar Russia, and in Soviet period, the resemblance
of folklore samples and author's works, even the similarity of the aforesaid
were explained by their existence in the neighbour geographic area, economic,
social - political relations.
In 80-th years of XX century as a result of "efforts" of Takhmazyan, Siksiyan
and etc. the dream of "Great Armenia" culture, rich in falsifications were created.
They carried out "researches", even misrepresented Bertels, they passed Shirin
in the poem "Khosrov and Shirin" by Nizami off as Armenian princess by origin,
as well as the leader of palace musicians of Khosrov Parviz - Sarkesh was represented
as Sarkis and in general, Armenians made up fairy tales in order to turn Armenia
into the cradle of civilization and about the influence of "Armenian culture"
on all of the peoples of the East.
Despite admissions of Armenians, "the names of the music tools they use are
in Turkish: saz, santur, kaman, baglama." They ascribed music tools to themselves
without ceremony. Despite the admission of Brutyan "Armenian mugham" performers
came form Baku and Shusha ", nowadays many Armenians, including Brutyan himself
talk about the " role of Armenians in the development of middle ages mughams,
trying to connect the roots of mughams to Armenian monodia music.
Armenians stolen "Arshin mal alan" by Uzeir Hajibeyov after being proved the
real author to the whole world, even in 80-th years in the musical program of
A. Babajanyan represented the comedy of Uzeir bey as the melody of certain Armenian
village of Garabagh. Armenians, pretended to consider their history to have
one thousand five hundred years are proud of "having the most ancient history,
including proverbs, that are one of the most important part of folklore. Azerbaijan
proverbs, stole in 1967 with the help of "Elm" Publishing House of the AS of
the USSR were represented under the name of "Armenian folklore". Note the way
these Armenian proverbs sound in Russian "Let us sit down crooked, but speak
straight", "You better ask for Allah once, than for saints forty times", "The
only jeweler knows the real price of gold". "Do it the way, that neither skewer
nor shashlik burn out" "if you say "janan, in reply you will hear "janan", "Ashug
was not allowed to come in home, but he asked where should he put his saz" and
etc. In our opinion there is no need in comments.
No one should take below-mentioned falsifications beyond the logic like something
funny. Those aforesaid is leitmotif of Armenian stealing and plagiarism.
Azikh, Gobustan, Gamigaya - these names are apparent samples of our ancient
culture, related to various regions of Azerbaijan: Garabakh. Shirvan, Nakhchivan.
For example, stone illustrations on Gamigaya are the ones, which reflect the
way of life, employment, mode of life religion and cosmologic views, totems,
moral culture of Azerbaijanians lived in ancient Nakhchivan (IV - I millenniums
B.C.). those are fully correspondent to Gobustan illustrations (15-10 millenniums
B.C.) and also to the rock inscription of Kalbajar, which is under the invasion
today. All mentioned are from the pearls of our material and non - material
cultural heritage. But Ayvazyan made great efforts to prove their Azrmenian
origin in Russian press. His only "evidence" was the following: it were only
Armenians - hayks, who were able to create all above - mentioned, Gamigaya as
the illustration of Noah's Arc could belong only to the Armenians. The discovery
of primitive man "azikhantrop" in Azikh cave, the intoduction of our ancient
culture to the mankind disturbed Armenian's peace of mind. Certain Mkrtchyan
declare all of mentioned is founded on Armenian culture's roots. As the evidence
he represents the following: in Armenian language "sour grape" sounds like "azokh"
and for that reason primitive man should be called "azokhantrop", and by no
means "azikhantrop" (it is of them to avoid from saying "hayktrop").
"Dada Gorgud" is our rare epos and according to the initiative of our national
leader Heydar Aliyev the whole world celebrated its 1300 anniversary. Like Greeks
protect poems of Homer as pearl of Greek epos, German their "Song of Nibelungs",
the French - "Song on Roland", Russians "Bylina", we passed "Dada Gorgud" as
the monument of our people's bravery through the centures and delivered it to
the present generations. However, Armenians published articles related to creation
of our significant work - "Dada Gorgud" under the influence of Armenians without
giving any proofs and evidences (they can not be in any case!) in their journal
and keep on trying to put their author's seal no one of its part. Not satisfied
with that, they Armenianize famous "Momine Khatun" monument, built by our prominent
architect Ajami according to the order of Eldaniz rulers. It appears that, a
certain Khachaturyan discovered a feeling of "Armenian style" in this memorial
complex. All aforesaid are the only a few facts, but they conceal the purposes
based on the principles and methods developed with "mastership". The main purpose
of Armenians is to lay claim to territory, and particularly to the territory
of Azerbaijan. For that purpose, at first it is necessary to own culture, material
and non-material heritage of the people landowner.
Thus, falsifications, counterfeit and misappropriation intentions of Armenians
are aimed to one target: to Armenianize.
On the fist stage they settled on Azerbaijan lands, on the further stage they
turned their glares to our culture, investigated it and widely used in order
to declare as their own one, on the next stage misappropriated it and at last,
declare it their own national culture samples.
It is natural, during implementation of this "program" our folklore was most
of all exposed to falsification.
To put dirty intentions into life, Armenians applied a number of traditional
methods and procedures:
- intellectual trickery and plagiarism are explained by the proximity of cultural
traditions of peoples, living in the same geographic are: - samples, belong
to Azerbaijan non - material heritage are duplicated by apparently piratical
methods and spread under the name of Armenian cultural property.
Samples of Azerbaijan literary folklore and other works are translated into
Armenian transcription, transmitted into material drives and after passing for
keeping in funds and archives, they are taken out from there as, "ancient Armenian
works" and are spread after being translated into yet more foreign languages.
Shortly speaking, intellectual stealing. Armenianization and artificial Armenian
-"Research work" devoted to characters from Azerbaijan folklore works, Armenianized
in artificial manner, are published in order to prove the Armenian origin of
Azerbaijan culture samples put into Armenian shape in scientific works, or at
least Armenian influence on mentioned one, false proofs are glued on them and
As a result, the cases of illegal use, falsification and robbery of our folklore
samples and author's works are widely spread and published, produced in phonograms
and video records, as well as distributed in media net, including Internet.
Therefore, in that "information war" Armenians are trying to direct international
opinion to their dirty intentions.
During long period of use of folklore regarding mentioned samples a lot of facts
of illegal actions, misappropriation and representation as the peoples sample
without source were observed. In the last two hundred years Azerbaijan folklore
was exposed to robbery and plunder of Armenians. Particularly, after Azerbaijan
has restored its independence strengthening of efforts, made by Armenians in
that direction can not help us worrying. Since we should never forget protecting
our culture and we don't forget. Let us note one more reason, caused the strengthening
of intellectual stealing by Armenians. From the one hand UNESCO adopted the
Convention on protection of non-material cultural heritage, and there fore,
soon international registration system of folklore samples will start their
activity there. From the other hand International Convention "Against illegal
use of folklore expressions and other harmful actions" of WIPO has not yet adopted
but its realization in near future forces Armenian falsifiers to hurry. In the
situation of increased attention to purposes of folklore protection by the international
public, and paralelly with that using the absence of international protection
tool, regulated matters in the mentioned area, Armenian party are attempting
to register the samples of Azerbaijan cultural heritage , including works, belonged
to folklore genre as their own creatures, with all possible means and spread
In accordance with the Law, these authorities enables Azerbaijan Copyright Agency
to represent Azerbaijan Republic related to matters on protection of folklore
in international structures on breaches of law, made by Armenians as well as
represent and protect state interests in the cases of breach of requirements
specified in law during use of our folklore expressions. Carrying out these
authorities Azerbaijan Copyright Agency realize the highest level of responsibility,
that Mister President Ilham Aliyev entrusted to us and it will do great efforts
in that direction. Because, the Law is "speaking conscience of our people" by
Other important feature of the Law is the following: in the absence of such
a Law in Armenia, and the Law on protection of folklore as unique voluntary
registration system, stipulated for in Azerbaijan author - legal legislation
allows to raise the question concerning breach of norms specified in the mentioned
Law by the Armenians before international institutions. All aforesaid became
possible as a result of legislation and management system in intellectual property
area currently in force, created by our national leader Heydar Aliyev.
All these opportunities and established legal mechanisms created conditions
to unmask Armenians. It should be particularly noted, that as a result of raised
questions before WIPO and other international and regional organizations in
corresponding order concerning illegal activity of "ANI Records" studio, that
has "great" services of "Ministry of Press and Television programs" of Russian
related to stopping of activity of "ANI Records" have already been spread in
Mass - Media. Our protest letters concerning intellectual stealing of "ANI Records",
including our folk dances "Vagzali", "Tarakama", "Yalli", "Uzundara", "Gazakhi",
"Mirzayi", national dances "Khanbaji", "Dali Jeyran" and etc., author's works
were delivered to WIPO and other international and respecting institutions of
As the authorized body in this area, we have sent official information and protests
to these international inter - state bodies concerning intellectual stealing
of Armenians in the past.
The same problem occurred in connection with "Vokaliz" work, created on the
basis of Azerbaijan folk music. As it has been stated in the letter, addressed
to WIPO, as a result of illegal use of that song by Armenians requirements of
the Law " About the legal protection of expressions of Azerbaijan folklore"
(incorrect indication of origin) as well as respecting article of Bern Convention,
provided for protection of unknown author's work, as well as folklore works,
and also requirements of respecting articles stipulated for protection of arrangement
and private non-property right were breached.
Concrete proposals of Azerbaijan concerning near adoption and coming into force
of International agreement "On protection of folklore expressions from illegal
use and other harmful actions" have already delivered to this organization.
As is obvious, Azerbaijan joined Pact adopted by General Assembly of UNO "On
economic, social and cultural rights" and in near future Azerbaijan's report
in UNO is expected. I have to note, that in the part, concerning protection
of folklore comprehensive information about robberies of Armenians prepared
by the Agency are being delivered to the UNO by the corresponding channels.
It is possible to continue what have already said. But the main thing is the
following: in the course of history our traditions like our mother tongue turned
into strong factor of development, one of the significant elements of our national
wealth, and at last in most valuable resource.
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