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The True Aryans: Who Were They Really and How Were Their Origins Corrupted?

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Today, the word ‘Aryan’ is loaded with all sorts of negative connotation, largely due to Nazi ideology, Aryans have become associated with racial hierarchies that consider white, blonde, blue-eyed peoples superior. This served as a very useful propaganda tool for couching racist sentiments in seeming historic realities. However, it is not factual.

Only in the late 19th early 20th centuries did Aryan become equated with Germanic or Nordic peoples. Prior to this corruption, Aryan referred to an archaic language whose speakers are thought to have spread and influenced languages throughout the Indian subcontinent.

Rigveda in Sanskrit, India early 19th century. (Public Domain) Sanskrit is a standardized dialect of Old Indo-Aryan.

Rigveda in Sanskrit, India early 19th century. ( Public Domain ) Sanskrit is a standardized dialect of Old Indo-Aryan.

The Real Aryans

To quickly put any Nazi suppositions to rest, the earliest known Aryans lived in prehistoric Iran. These people migrated to northern India sometime around 1,500 BC. Previous inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent called these newcomers ārya. The English ‘Aryan’ comes from this Sanskrit word. Interestingly, the term has a cognate in the Persian language, ērān. This word is the source of the modern country name, Iran.

 The Indus Valley Civilization was highly developed before the Aryans arrived. Some evidence “suggests that the Indus Valley Civilization had social conditions comparable to Sumeria and even superior to the contemporary Babylonians and Egyptians” (Violatti, 2013).  Religions had arisen around 5500 BC, farming communities around 4000 BC, and urban living around 2500 BC. The area reached its peak in 2000 BC.

Diorama of everyday life in Indus Valley Civilization. (National Science Centre, Delhi, India)

Diorama of everyday life in Indus Valley Civilization. (National Science Centre, Delhi, India) (Biswarup Ganguly/ CC BY 3.0 )

Starting in approximately 1500 BC, nomadic cattle herders from Central Asia began to cross the Hindu Kush Mountains and to settle in the verdant Indus Valley. These nomads were, of course, the Aryans. Popular myth has it that the Aryans were unstoppable invaders, proto-Mongols, who took over the Indian subcontinent and led the Indus Valley Civilization to collapse. There is not much evidence to support this theory. Rather, it seems that over time the Aryans filled the void left by the collapse of the Indus Valley Civilization.

An Aryan general.

An Aryan general. (Justin Gauraqv Murgai/ CC BY NC ND 2.0 )

Archaeological evidence shows that the societies were decaying in 1800 BC, most likely due to changes in river patterns. Some researchers argue that the Saraswati River dried up; others say it became prone to catastrophic flooding. Students of environmental science will know that these scenarios are not mutually exclusive. Whether by floods, droughts, or invasion, the agricultural practices that originally enabled the Indus people to flourish were disrupted. Thereafter, the economies and societal orders built on that agriculture also crumbled. “The evidence supporting the decline of the Indus River Civilization is compelling: writing started to disappear, standardized weights and measures used for trade and taxation purposes fell out of use, the connections with the Near East were interrupted, and some cities were gradually abandoned.” (Violetti, 2013) Shortly thereafter, the Aryans entered the scene. Soon, their language, agricultural, and animal husbandry practices became ascendant.

Illustration said to depict an Indo-Aryan person.

Illustration said to depict an Indo-Aryan person. ( No Known Copyright )

The Kingdom of Aryan

There is little evidence to speak of what the Kingdom of Aryan was like. Ancient sources only reference Aryans in passing and there is no way of knowing how accurate any of the statements are. For example, the Greek historian Herodotus, describing the people of Media, writes, “The Medes were called anciently by all people Aryans; but when Medea, the Colchian, came to them from Athens, they changed their name. Such is the account which they themselves give.” (Herodotus, 2013)

Head of Herodotus; Greek inscription. Roman copy of the Imperial era (2nd century AD) after a Greek bronze original of the first half of the 4th century BC. From Benha (ancient Athribis), Lower Egypt.

Head of Herodotus; Greek inscription. Roman copy of the Imperial era (2nd century AD) after a Greek bronze original of the first half of the 4th century BC. From Benha (ancient Athribis), Lower Egypt. ( Public Domain ) Herodotus mentions Aryan people, but doesn’t go into much detail.

This is not very helpful in understanding the character of Aryan people. An equally sketchy account of ancient Aryan legitimacy is the Zoroastrian religion. The term Airyana Vaejah , which translates as ‘Aryan expanse,’ refers to the mythical homeland of the Iranian people and is supposed to be the center of the world. This engenders the term with a certain amount of respectability, but still does not really give any racial or hierarchical meaning to it.

Zoroastrian devotional art.

Zoroastrian devotional art. ( Public Domain )

Elsewhere, Persian kings like Darius the Great and Xerxes are described as ‘Aryans of Aryan stock.’ This most likely refers to the original Aryans coming from Central Asia. Possibly due to Zoroastrian influences on Vedic religions, the terms arya and anarya are used in a moral sense, as to distinguish proper behavior from improper behavior. An Aryan thus was one who lived according to his or her dharma. It is not clear if this word derives from a tribal name. But it is clear as to how this designation could begin to take on connotations of nobility and superiority.

Illustration of Darius with his Parasol Bearers. 1904.

Illustration of Darius with his Parasol Bearers. 1904. ( Public Domain )

‘Aryan’ Becomes Distorted

In the Indian epic the Ramayana, Ravana refers to himself as arya. This could be because he is part of the highest caste or because he acts honorably.

Whatever the confused linguistic legacy of Aryan may be, it is certain that by the dawn of the 20th century, Aryan had become equated with nobility and superiority. Somewhere in the mists of time, this Indo-Iranian term came to be used for Indo-European peoples. The thinking went that ancient European peoples spread out from the frigid north to conqueror all of Eurasia. These ancient peoples were the Aryans.

West Aryan types of eastern and northern Europe. On the picture: Georgians, Ossette, Albanian, Woman of Iceland, Russian woman of Rjasan, Roumanian woman, Poles of Radom.

West Aryan types of eastern and northern Europe. On the picture: Georgians, Ossette, Albanian, Woman of Iceland, Russian woman of Rjasan, Roumanian woman, Poles of Radom. ( Public Domain )

Moreover, the more ancient something was, the more legitimate and more superior it was thought to be. Thus, the Germans declared themselves the descendants of the ancient, noble Aryan race, the most superior race in the racial hierarchy, who once ruled all of Eurasia. This pseudo-science served as a propaganda for the Nazis to achieve their political ends.

Please note that today, the appropriate term is Proto-Indo-European (PIE) languages, and it implies not that one language conquered and influenced all the others, but rather that many ancient languages in Eurasia seem to share common origins. PIE subcategories include Proto-Celtic, Proto-Baltic-Slavic, Proto-Greek, and Proto-Indo-Iranian (the Indo-Aryan language can be found under this last category). Certain neo-Nazi groups still posit that the Aryan race is Germanic or Nordic - but this is not supported by any historical or archaeological evidence.

Top Image: Aryan warriors. Source: Justin Gauraqv Murgai/ CC BY NC ND 2.0

By Kerry Sullivan

Sources:

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Aryan.”  Encyclopædia Britannica , Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 26 Jan. 2017, www.britannica.com/topic/Aryan.

Herodotus. Histories of Herodotus . The Classics Us, 2013.

Comments

"So go ahead trying to prove the mythical ''Aryan migration'' and identifying whose who and whose not. Totally unscientific."

Your one-sided, anti-White argument is "totally unscientific." People like YOU are the product of an "garbage in, garbage out" education you received in college or university filled to the brim with Cultural Marxists and other frothy scum on the Left and/or modern history books (with an anti-White agenda) that you've read.

Try reading real history books written before this age of political correctness and anti-Eurocentrism.

Ancient India [1914]

Aryan Rule in India [1918]

The Vicissitudes of Aryan Civilization in India [1880]

You can find these books and many others (books purged from libraries due to their political incorrectness) for free download on the Internet Archive web site.

Some Indians (like on here) are totally sold out of the junk that is gloatful and vindictive and Eurocentric (but well funded and told strongly many times over). So outdated and desperate. It's also nearing election season so don't feel surprised about the debunked gerrymandering going on (debunked because it has already been debunked with the absolute opposite being proven but, as usual, it will take a little longer to reach the public because media will make it a thing not to cover it).

This echo-chamber of ''only liberal Indians reading the news brainwashing & foreign-funded news can speak as well as Eurocentrists in general and anyone who speaks against it (no matter how correct it is) is a fascist Hindutva so be quiet otherwise I will brand you (as if those setting the branding without even knowing it are not)'' is getting really lame and outdated and has been highlighted by rational European scholars themselves (it helps because both Europeans and their gullible Indian followers get a sense of feeling shaken/disturbed as well as a pause considering that they can't masquerade as ''messengers'' or ''experts'' anymore) who emphasise that too much evidence has already mounted (and is mounting at an ever-increasing rate) too simply browbeat, ignore, cushion & ''shoo or sing it aside''.

Genetics has already debunked Aryan migration. Can't refute the fact that Eurocentrism with its lies is still rife in Institutes like Harvard, etc. Fortunately, however, this is changing.

A few out of many for example are Premendra Priyadarshi and Balianovsky (2018), a Russian geneticist DEBUNKED HARVARD UNIVERSITY'S EUROCENTRIC SUPREMICIST JUNK WEAVED BY DAVID REICH AND HIS STUDENT NARASIMHAN (who has essentially been programmed to think like him, just like some on this page talk about genetics without any facts which goes to show what Indians who hate other Indians who appreciate the facts and are more patient, think).

Speaking to Narasimhan, he has been debunked completely, showing his poor understanding of genetics itself and an even poorer understanding of gathering information and making proper inferences. The ''genetics papers'' have been critically refuted by most of the serious geneticists for its grossly poor scope & its myopic outlook.

However, for those who are arrogant (as well as lethargic), the ''news'' gives everyone what they need with their respective sound bytes (this being pieces written by individuals who are shilled to write anything).

For those who live outside of India, you should become aware now that if you seem to have any stock and bolstered feelings through getting sentimental approbation from people who are apparently Indians, then get this. Relinquish it completely.

The reason why is due to the fact that Indian media has been officially rated as the SECOND WORST media on the planet (according to various research polls based on the reliability of content, updates, etc.) which is mostly foreign funded by intelligence groups to belt out false pieces of rhetoric and pass them off as ''fact'' (only later to be debunked). This type of disinformation is rife, is well funded and has considerable reach to Indians. Also, it practices the ''science'' of repeating it until it becomes sacrosanct, and it almost always works. The same can be said about so-called scientific journals as well. Hence, do not feel surprised if the likes of many ''convinced Indians & Europeans'' are residually still repeating this. It is only a matter of time before this stops.

Balianovsky proved that one of the many major migrations took place from 1800 - 2000 BC from India and Europe via the Caucasus and is considerable prevalent in Russia tending all the way up to Italy. This is the period which Rakshit's, Narasimhan's, Reich's, etc's. forcefulness and ''attack the other'' styled advertising falls upon and it totally disintegrates factually. No leg to stand on. None.

Also, Mitanni migrated into the region as late as 1400-1700 BC (as well as earlier). Kassites migrated in and around the same time. Even the most hardcore Eurocentrist and self-loathing apathetic liberal Indian will find considerable difficulty doing mental gymnastics over this one.

The Hittites & Arattans, Proto-Medians, Parshavas (Proto-Persians), Phrygians, Mushkies and many many more entered into the Middle-East from the Indo-Afghanistan region. That too with mounting evidence for this.

As for Europeans. The majority of their genes are not based on the Middle-east (which is nothing but cognitive dissonance based on a very heavy Judeo-Christian bias pertaining to their myopic view of the planet oriented around the Middle-east with the support of much emphasis, funding and emphasised by the erroneous scope in use which is getting seriously challenged), but, in truth, from the Indo-Afghanistan region. This is not a ''conjecture'', but a neglected fact.

Then, they feel insulted when many think and mention ''a large number''. It is not only a large number but an increasingly large number that actually subscribe to the unapologetic fact that the Arya peoples expanded outward. The reason why is because it is gaining considerable appreciation for its multidisciplinary backing and facts which totally debunk DAMIT (Discredited Aryan Migration-Invasion Theory).

Aegean was a recipient of Indian genes as proven by Broushaki and Lazaridis (2016), Lucotte (2015) and many more. The Aegean has some of the youngest genomes in the world. The Aegean was neither home to a considerably old and expansive civilisation anywhere near compared to the Sarasvathi let alone others.

Actually Indian and European scientists have already been strongly proving that Arya expansion did take place multiple times from the hinterlands to outside.

This is supported by genetics.

The Indus and the rest of the north represented up to 40% of the world population at the time. So go ahead trying to prove the mythical ''Aryan migration'' and identifying whose who and whose not. Totally unscientific.

Russians & Ukrainians (some of the most ardent and staunch supporters of the Aryan theory) are beginning to accept this (particularly from the disciplines of linguistics & genetics).

Thus, this is another piece of outdated trash (although slightly cunning in the way it conveys its propaganda since it is ''softer'', ''quieter'' and pretends to ''tread carefully'' while being very clear about the support it lends to the Eurocentric dogma).

Ancient origins also speaks various myths about European origins.

So, to correct another article, here it is:

''Sorry European racial purists it turns out that your ancestors were Indo-Afghans'' (as well as some of these genomes venturing via Tibet so Tibet as well). Not African/Middle-eastern (though inputs from these regions have contributed as a minority with the Indo-Afghan region being the largest donor of all through multiple large to huge demographic expansions as well as innumerable smaller ones forming as well as reconstituting the majority and at times almost the entire population of Europe).

Ariana é um lindo nome

interessante..

To call that an Aryan General is incorrect. Assyrians, Babylonians, and Sumerians are Asian even in DNA. We aren’t even that Indo-European.

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