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Historian and linguist Nicholas Marr wrote about the genealogy of the legend of the love between Armenian pagan deities Vahagn and Astghik:
“However, more ancient pearls of Japhetic poetic heritage reached us, including a story about a man and a woman in love who symbolized various conditions and impersonations of nature.
This love story brings us to the ancient primary source of the play “Tristan and Iseult” demonstrated in Paris. Preserved also in its Georgian translation, the antique Persian history about love “Vas and Kamin” in the East and “Tristan and Iseult” in the West are two branches of a common Japhetic tree.
But this isn’t about the similarities between the two but rather about the genealogy of the love story between deities Astghik and Vahagn. Along with its Japhetic tribal elements, it has been known by the populations of the territories from Middle Asia to the British Isles, including, of course, Celts who have been in close contact with the Japhetites.
In its turn, the novel of Astghik and Vahagn is the product of the totemic oeuvre of two distinct Japhetic tribes: mainly, the Etruscans or Pelasgians and Thessalian or Italic peoples. And Etruscans or Pelasgians are the same as Urartians or Rshtunis. At the same time, the prehistoric Thessalian and Italic tribes are the same as Aluans and Alans.