Armenians seemed to be particularly adept at averting bibliocide.  Some cultures, threatened with bibliocide, committed books to memory. The Armenians, apparently successfully committed to memory the whereabouts of hidden books and then transmitted that memory over time.

‘In Armenian history, the book was the national relic… There are books that for years lay hidden in the ground, in the crevices of rocks.  Armenians buried them in the same way defeated armies bury their banners. They were recovered without difficulty: information about their hiding places had been handed down from generation to generation.’


Source: Ryszard Kapuscinski, trans. Klara Glowczewska (New York: Vintage International, 1995), p. 46

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