The Biblical word gan (as in Gan Eden) means 'walled garden' and the valley of the Adji Chay is indeed walled in by towering mountains. The highest of these is Mt. Sahand, a snow-capped extinct volcano that is identified as the Prophet Ezekiel’s Mountain of God, where the Lord resides among `red-hot coals’ (Ezekiel 28:11-19). Cascading down the once-fiery mountain, precisely echoing Ezekiel, is a small river, the Adji Chay (the name of which also translates in local dialect as ‘walled garden’). The locals still hold the mountain sacred and attribute magical powers to the river’s water.
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