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Armenians call themselves hay and identify their homeland not by the term "Armenia" but as Hayastan or Hayasdan.
The origins of these words can be traced to the Hittites, among whose historical documents is a reference to the Hayasa.
Another 3 million Armenians live in various countries of the ex-Soviet Union—mainly in Russia.
One and a half million Armenians are dispersed in the Americas.
It constitutes one-tenth of the historical Armenian plateau.
In the Bible, the area designated as Armenia is referred to as Ararat, which the Assyrians referred to as Urartu.
Armenians also identify themselves as the people of Ararat/Urartu and of Nairi, and their habitat as nairian ashkharh or yergir nairian .
There is also "Grabar" Armenian, the original written language, which is still used in the liturgy of the Armenian national (Apostolic) church. Mount Ararat has had symbolic significance for all Armenians. It may be seen on the horizon from Yerevan, but like a mirage it remains inaccessible to Armenians.
Ancient manuscripts depicting the history of Armenia are housed in the national library, Madenataran, and are valued national and historical treasures.