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From the pen of a Giant

Jun-16-2000 at 01:02 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

From an article by the Giant Assyrian the Late Dr. David Perley of the Syrian Orthodox Church, here are few passages.

" ... I eagerly give ear to the wise Chinese maxim: "To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source; a tree without root." Such was the mental atmosphere that created symphonic "music" to the "ears" of Lillian S. Pera, when the resident Jacobite Bishop at St. Mark's Monastery in Jerusalem responded to her inquiry: "My daughter, of course I speak Assyrian; it is my mother tongue."

"You must remember the past in order that you may adequately look forward to an oncoming future with hope or with fear. And if fate has made my origin to be in ruin and desolation, no outrage or lamentation will retard my assent to the fact that therein is my fixed abode.
I would like to write this upon the skies for all the world to see. I would like to write it, also, in the hearts of the children of Ashur in such a way that it will reach their souls--an extention of the soul of Ashour.
I yearn to ask this question of a modern son of Ashour: To be an Assyrian--what does it mean to you? Can it mean turning your heart into a cemetary, because you and I are not thrown in a common exile--and in a despairing diaspora? On the day of national judgment, may it not be asked: "In moments of agony, did you lose hope--visions of glittering future?"

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

Ethnicity, Religion, Language
» Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
» Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
» Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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