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dolphin | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 11, 2008 at 11:45 PM via web

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What is the religion and culture of Garoghlanian tribe in "The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse"?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 12, 2008 at 3:15 AM (Answer #1)

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The Garoghlanian tribe is Armenian.  The culture of these people, known for their honesty, is at the heart of the story.  Hospitality is also an important function in the Armenian culture.  Social gatherings revolve around large amounts of food.

The religion of most Armenian people is Christianity, which is structured around forgiveness of sins and, in this story focuses on tolerance.  So therefore, when the horse is returned, the farmer does not tell the Gargohlanian family that the two boys had the horse all along.      

"Faced with a situation in which the first impulse of most people would be to punish the thieves, the people of this slow-moving, rural Armenian community (which undoubtedly was modeled on the author's hometown, Fresno, California) do more than recognize that boys will be boys."  

"To insult the honor of the Garoghlanian family would cause much more trouble than the loss of a horse, disrupting the peace of the community."

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sohni | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 18, 2009 at 1:29 AM (Answer #2)

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the religion might be christianity.. and their culture includes honesty, hospitality. social gatherings of these tribes revolve around large amount of food..

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goharvms | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 6, 2012 at 5:26 PM (Answer #3)

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The Gargohlanian family, as well as all Armenians, is Christians. They existed in reality. They were survivals of Armenian genocide that turkey did on 1915; they killed 2 million Armenians, in our own motherland. The survivals spread around the world, especially to the neighbor countries and USA.

 

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