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Keeping the Faith
Photograph by Alexandra Avakian

Soldiers serve as honorary godfathers for 200 children being baptized at Tatev Monastery, part of celebrations in 2001 marking Armenia's 1,700 years as a Christian nation. Mass baptisms became a familiar scene in Armenia in the years following the country's independence from the Soviet Union, which tried to muzzle religion during its 70-year rule. For more than a decade the Armenian Apostolic Church allowed such communal ceremonies in order to accommodate the large numbers of Armenians returning to their religious roots, but last year the church announced that it no longer sanctioned mass baptisms.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1N
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 20-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/16
Weather Conditions: Bright and sunny
Time of Day: Midafternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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