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by John McCannon
A pagan war god of ancient Armenia. Also known as Ara ("the beautiful one"), it is likely that Aray has origins in common with Ares, the god of war worshipped by the ancient Thracians and Greeks. Aray was also worshipped as a resurrected god, who dies and is reborn periodically. This strong link with the generative cycle makes it likely that Aray is linguistically and culturally tied to the deity Aralo, the ancient god of agriculture in neighboring Georgia.

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