Who would have thought we actually kill a turkey before we eat it.?

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Saint Hovannas Monastey, or Hovhannavank (Armenian: Surb Hovhannes Vank) is an Armenian Apostolic Church monastery located in the village of Ohanavan in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. It is situated atop a steep gorge carved by the Kasagh river. The monastery’s title originates from the combination of the name Hovhan (Armenian for Jonah) and the word vank, which in Armenian means monastery. The monastery was dedicated to John the Baptist, whom Armenians venerate as their patron-saint. The monastery stands on the edge of the Qasakh River Canyon, and its territory is adjacent to the village of Ohanavan.

History and architecture
The oldest part of the monastery is the single nave basilica of St. Karapet (i.e. Holy Forerunner, John the Baptist) that was founded at the beginning of the fourth century by St. Gregory the Enlightener, who baptized Armenia into the world’s first Christian nation. The wooden roof of the early church was replaced in 554 AD with a thatch cover, and the basilica itself underwent profound renovation between 1652 and 1734.

The centerpiece of the monastery is the Cathedral built between 1216 and 1221 through the donation of Prince Vache Vachutian. The Cathedral has a cruciform floor plan, with two story sacristies in each of the four extensions of the church. The dome has an umbrella-shaped roof, which is unique to Armenian churches. Cathedral’s important decorations include carved scenes from the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13).

Portal leading into the main church from the gavit.In 1250, Vache Vachutian’s son, Kurt Vachutian, built a narthex (gavit) next to the western wall of the Cathedral. The narthex is supported by four base pillars and features a central rotunda (added in 1274) that rests on twelve columns. Between the 12th and 17th centuries, Hovhannavank was known as an important educational and theological center of Eastern Armenia that had a scriptorium where manuscripts were written and illuminated. The monastery was described in details in 1686 by the historian Zakaria Kanakertsi who spent his entire life at Hovhannavank.

The monastery walls are covered with rich lapidary inscriptions. One large engraved text high on the northern wall of one of the monastery’s auxiliary structures reads:

…By the grace of merciful God, during the reign of Queen Tamar, daughter of the great Gevorg, in the year 642 (1200 AD) of the race of Torgom, we—brothers Zakaria and Ivane—sons of Sargis the Great, son of Avag Zakarian, when the light of God’s grace rose and entered Armenia and raised us from weakness in the battle against the enemies of Christ and destroyed their power and quenched their violence, with the country of Ararat delivered from the heavy yoke of their servitude, wished to make offering and gave the tribute of the grace to the Holy Forerunner of Hovhannavank …
Another key inscription was left by Konstandin I, Katholicos of Armenia.

Hovhannavank’s Cathedral belongs to the category of “Gandzasar-style” ecclesiastical edifices that were built approximately at the same time in different parts of Armenia, and were endowed with similar compositional and decorative characteristics (another example—Cathedral of the Haritchavank Monastery). Those include umbrella-shaped dome, cruciform floor plan, narthex (often with stalactite-ornamented ceiling), and high-relief of a large cross on one of church’s walls. In 1918, the dome and the southern wall were destroyed by a powerful earthquake; both were reconstructed in the 1990s.

Question by : Who would have thought we actually kill a turkey before we eat it.?
It is hard to believe that we do actually kill our turkeys before we eat them.

Who would have thought it?
This is regard to the new political controversy surrounding the latest Sarah Palin interview. Sarah decided it would be great to pardon a turkey for Thanksgiving. After choosing her turkey she went on to do a interview(while in the background, workers went on to slaughter turkeys). Now there are some people that are OUTRAGED and demanding that she apologize to the American people. FOR WHAT ? Is there actually someone out there that thought we ate them alive ? Or could it possible be they are outraged over the method that was being used. Could it be that a turkey would be more nutritious if it was killed in a more humanely method such as lethal injections ?
Or could it possibly be that the elections are over and SOME people (you know who you are) have nothing left to whine and complain about ?

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4 Responses to Who would have thought we actually kill a turkey before we eat it.?

  1. Yes, the interview could have been framed better so as to not show the slaughter in the background, but I don’t think you can really blame Sarah directly for that. It’s a simple fact that this time of year more turkeys are slaughtered than any other time. Anyone who sets foot on a turkey farm while the workers are there is going to be there while turkeys are being killed. Whether it’s shown on video or not, it happens. When we eat meat, something has died for it. Just because we don’t like to think about it doesn’t mean it’s not true. It seems to me that the whole thing should be a non-issue, but some people as you say just need something to complain about.

    February 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm

  2. When did this happen? Do you have a link?

    February 25, 2014 at 4:29 pm

  3. … of Palin’s public persona. She has acute political instincts and can read a speech like no one else. But put her out on her own, ad libbing so to speak, and she a one-woman gaffe factory. We saw this during her campaign interviews — that total klutziness when it came to giving an off-the-cuff answer, both in the total lack of actual intelligent content, the tortured English with which she formulated her non-answers with and that signature “aw shucks” delivery.

    But if she knew that those turkeys were being slaughtered in the background (and she did appear to look back at one point), then her political judgement must surely be called into question. She must have realized that at the very least the PETA’s of the world would be howling, not to mention all those people who are too squeamish to acknowledge that living animals are the source of their meats. And the video and all its ensuing controversy would blast out over the ‘net in no time.

    Is she really that dense and/or insensitive?

    February 25, 2014 at 5:03 pm

  4. Every year I buy a turkey and raise it. Then I kill it and dress it. When I tell people about this, I get all kinds of remarks like “oh my god poor turkey” “thats terrible” “your cruel”. But at least my turkey had a better life then their turkeys who grew up on a turkey farm in closed in spaces. People live in a fantasy world, I chop off the neck then tie their legs to a string then gut them. Lethal injection …. lol…i think not.

    February 25, 2014 at 5:40 pm

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