“Europe” = West Asia?

“Geographically, Europe is a tail to the Asiatic kite.” [1]

The word “Europe” derives from the roots ”eur-” + “op-” meaning “broad-faced”.

Why do people call the western portion of Asia “Europe”?

It’s not a continent.

South Asia is bigger, and has more people, ethnicities and languages, and it’s not considered a continent. The same goes for Southeast Asia, which is also not considered a continent. The same goes for China, and it’s only considered a country!

Nearly every West Asian language has its roots in another part of Asia.

Nearly every West Asian religion was founded in another part of Asia.

So why should West Asia be called “Europe” and classified as a continent?

Don’t tell me it’s because “Europeans” are white. First of all, nobody is white, or black. Have you ever seen a person the color of either of these hands?

black and white

In fact, there is no skin color, and hardly a phenotypical characteristic, found in West Asia that is not found (or original to) another part of Asia or North Africa. You can hardly find a Nord, even, who doesn’t “look” half-“Asian”.

…because they are all Asian…
asiatic

asiatic 2

asiatic 3

“There is no such thing as a white race, much as this is talked of, but every white man is a faded or bleached one.” (Schopenhauer [2])

The “distinctive culture/heritage” doesn’t fly, either. Has Western Asia spread its religion, language, alphabet and philosophy further than South Asia has historically? Certainly not, when you consider Buddhism and the Sanskrit alphabet alone. Let’s not even go into the South Asian-West Asian (Indo-“European”) language “family”. It’s really the South Asian language family (which took root in West Asia as much as it did other parts of Asia).

There is no such continent as “Europe”. As a common name for West Asia, perhaps the term could still survive.

That notwithstanding, the “E”U is AWAN- Association of West Asian Nations, a regional bloc like ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations). Or we could call it WAARC- West Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, like SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).

“european” as a phenotypical designation could work: the word “Europe” derives from the roots ”eur-” + “op-” meaning “broad-faced”[3]. It’s just another term like dolichocephalic, prognathous, etc.

Both are european (broad-headed), ethnicities are irrelevant (aryanism.net)

That DOES make something of a case for using europe in a place name, but as a place name, it would be Europia (the same way the Greek words comprising Ethiopia (‘land of burnt faces’, literally) is conjugated. Either way, “Europia”, ‘Land of the Broad-Headed’ would not correspond to traditional “Europe”:

Long story short:

“Europe” is West Asia.

“Western Europe” is Far West Asia.

“Europeans” are West Asians.

“Western” means West Asian.

No 7th Continent here...
No 7th Continent here…

Agreed?

Next up:  Arabia is North-East Africa…

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[1] Dorsey, George. Why We Behave Like Human Beings, pp. 44-45; quoted in Jackson, John G. “Ethiopia and the Origin of Civilization” (1939); Retrieved 17.12.2014 from http://2017blackart.wordpress.com/2009/11/01/ethiopia-and-the-origin-of-civilization-by-john-g-jackson/
[2] Jackson, John G. “Ethiopia and the Origin of Civilization” (1939); Retrieved 17.12.2014 from http://2017blackart.wordpress.com/2009/11/01/ethiopia-and-the-origin-of-civilization-by-john-g-jackson/
[3]”Why ‘Race’ Matters and ‘The Races’ Don’t”. Aryanism.net. Retrieved 18.12.2014 from http://aryanism.net/politics/white-nationalists/why-race-matters

Afrikan Swastika

From the Volta to the Congo to the Nile, from scarification to gold weights to hieroglyphics, the swastika has been used throughout Afriqa for a long time…

When you see hear the word “swastika or see this symbol

swastika

what are the first words that come to your mind?

“Nazis.”

“Hitler.”

“Aryans.”

“Blonde hair and blue eyes.”

Then where would you guess these come from?

gold dust weights akan goldweight ashanti ashanti goldweight

An educated guess would be India.  But no, they are all from Africa.  That’s right Sub-Saharan, “Black” A-F-R-I-C-A.  They are gold dust weights used by the Ashanti, to be more precise.

No, not this Ashanti…

ashanti

These Ashanti:

asantehene

The ones who make kinte cloth…

kinte

They are also called Akan. The Akan occupy a large part of West Africa including parts of Ghana and the Ivory Coast and include many sub-ethnic groups such as the Baule and the Asante (Ashanti). [1]  The Akan were producing them to weigh gold dust which was their currency, thus the name ‘gold weights’.  When used on the gold weight, the swastika was a symbol of currency, expressing power, money, wealth and integrity.  The idea and the implementation of gold-based currency came from the Akan people of modern-day Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. [5]

 

The swastika is also one of the Akan people’s famous Adinkra symbols.  Look at number 12 below:

adinkra symbol
https://at37.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/symbols-of-power-adinkras-by-s-james-gates/

According to one source, the swastika is referred to by the Akan as a monkey’s foot. [1]  Another source says it is called Kode Emower Ewa (‘talons of the eagle’), represents devotion and service and is shaved on the back of the heads of the Queen Mother’s servants. [2]  Still another source names it Nkotimsefuopua, claiming similarly that certain attendants on the Queen Mother who dressed their hair in this fashion. [3]

The Asante also weave the swastika into their cloth.  See the top left corner below:

adinkra cloth
https://at37.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/symbols-of-power-adinkras-by-s-james-gates/
apremo
Another Adinkra swastika?

The above is a kinte cloth symbol called Apremo-Canon.  It is a symbol of resistance against foreign domination, and superior military strategy.  This motif represents  the superior military strategy with which Akan nations such as the Asante and Akwamu defeated the West Asians who had superior arms. [6]

But how could this be?  How did Africans learn about the swastika?

If your idea of swastika is the symbol of a Nordic (tall, blonde, blue-eyed) race who conquered India from the north before invading West Asia  (“Europe”), that’s a good question.

The idea is not to decouple the swastika symbol and the Aryans.  Rather, one must decouple the Aryan from Nordic, and race from ethnicity.

No signs of a Nordic Aryan invasion here...
No signs of a Nordic Aryan invasion here…

Arya means pure or good in Sanskrit. In the holy Vedas the good people were called Arya.[2]

So “Arya” means, in short, “noble”.  It appears to be an adjective, and can not refer to a group of people.  If it is a noun, it translates to “nobility”  Either way, it refers to the CHARACTER, NOT the APPEARANCE of certain people.  Note: The word “Aryan” does not appear.

So how did the word Aryan come into existence, and how did it become associated with a blonde, blue-eyed master race?

Fredrich Max Muller, a staunch German nationalist and Christian missionary, was Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford labored for years translating the Vedas into English.
In 1851 Muller wrote his first article in English wherein he used the word “Aryan” for the first time in the sense of a race.

Max Muller’s good friend and fellow Indologist Paul then popularized the word “Aryan” in France. Soon many Christian scholars were seized upon by the theory of Aryan race. In 1859 Swiss linguist Adolph Pictet wrote that the Aryan race was the

“…one destined by Providence to reign one day supreme over the entire earth . . . They were the race of Aryans. …”

The notion of “Aryan” had become, in a few short years, the emblem of European manifest destiny over the world, a signet coined in the language of scholarship which gave Europeans a racial and religious mantle of superiority.[4]

But the people weren’t fooled. Initially

 all attempts to correlate the Aryan language to Aryan race were not only unsuccessful but also absurd”. Even at that time many academics opposed the Aryan invasion theory.[4]

So if Aryan refers to a race, it is not a race in the way we usually think of it.  “Race” to us means people with the same skin color, culture and language.  That is actually ethnicity, though.  Ethnicity means related identity, but race means similar qualities.  And the people with noble character (‘arya’) can be found all over the world.  Maybe they use the same symbols to recognize each other:

Map Showing Distribution of the Swastika - http://www.swastika-info.com/en/historical.php
Map Showing Distribution of the Swastika – http://www.swastika-info.com/en/historical.php

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[1] “Nine Cast Brass Gold Dust Weights, Akan People, Ghana, 16th-18th centuries”.  Michael Blackman, LTD.  Retrieved 10.12.2014 from http://www.michaelbackmanltd.com/1402.html

[2] “Adinkra:  Kode Emower Ewa”. About.com.  Retrieved 10.12.2014 from http://africanhistory.about.com/library/bl/blfreestencil-AdinkraKode-Emower-Ewa.htm

[3] R. S. Rattray, Religion and Art in Ashanti (Oxford, 1927), 265.  Retrieved 10.12.2014 from https://at37.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/symbols-of-power-adinkras-by-s-james-gates/

[4] Kenyatta, Ekowa.  “The Swastika”.  The Stewart Synopsis.  Retrieved 10.12.2014 from http://www.stewartsynopsis.com/swastika.htm

[5] “Swastika Symbol on Akan gold”.  SwastikaShop.com.  Retrieved 11.12.2014 from http://swastikashop.com/swastika-symbol-akan-gold/

[6] “Kente Cloth:  Ghana’s Ashanti Cultural Heritage to the World’s Fashion Civilization”.  Kwekudee- Trip Down Memory Lane.  3.12.2012.  Retrieved 11.12.2014 from http://kwekudee-tripdownmemorylane.blogspot.com/2012/12/kente-cloth-ghanas-ashanti-cultural.html

West-Asian (“European”)-Americans “Superhumanize” African-American Males

Several studies have shown that whites attribute supernatural, extrasensory and magical mental and physical qualities to blacks.  Black children are often seen as years older than their actual age.

magical negro

Darren Wilson’s testimony describing Michael Brown’s almost superhuman strength reflects common, subconscious perceptions about black people in America. [1]  Watch the video here:  Superhumanization Bias on MSNBC

Nietzsche's Supermen?
Nietzsche’s Supermen?

According to a new study by the American Psychological Association, Black children from the ages of 10 are seen as older and less innocent than their White peers.

‘With the average age overestimation for black boys exceeding four-and-a-half years, in some cases, black children may be viewed as adults when they are just 13 years old.’

What does this mean?

It means that Black children are often perceived to be guilty and face police violence if accused of a crime.

Superboy
Superboy

NewsOne reports:

“‘The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, sought to examine the extent to which the racial bias exists and how significant the consequences are. Speaking on the report, Phillip Atiba Goff, PhD, explained, ‘Children in most societies are considered to be in a distinct group with characteristics, such as innocence and the need for protection. Our research found that Black boys can be seen as responsible for their actions at an age when White boys still benefit from the assumption that children are essentially innocent.’” [2]

[1] http://newsone.com/2962437/american-psychological-association-black-boys/

[2] Arceneaux, Michael.  “Study: Both Public, Police View Black Kids As Older, Less Innocent Than Whites”.  NewsOne.  11.3.2014.  Retrieved 7.12.2014 from http://newsone.com/2962437/american-psychological-association-black-boys/

The Aryans were NOT a Blonde, Blue-Eyed Master Race

Aryans were Asian Steppe Nomads, not Nordic Warriors

“Far from being blonde-haired, blue-eyed, fair-skinned and homogenous, the “Aryans” were a dark-skinned nomadic Eurasian tribe who spread from Central Europe and Central Asia into Southern Asia, interbreeding with a variety of other peoples. Our knowledge of these “Aryans” is sketchy, and there’s still a lot to be determined about them, both through anthropological and archaeological research. But we can be quite sure that they bore no direct relation to the modern inhabitants of Germany and Scandinavia. And certainly they were no master race.” [1]

Modern Aryan (Brokpa)
Modern Aryan (Brokpa)

“The Aryan/Indo “European”* only describes South Eastern “Europeans”, Persians, and people into the Northern part of India. They had a population expansion starting about 10,000 years ago, which spread the Indo-“European” languages all over. They only made up a minority of the ancestry in populations North of central [West Asia] “Europe”. Europeans do speak Indo-“European” languages, but most of us have a different genetic legacy. Ancient Mesolithic hunter-gatherer in the far North, and from the Western Atlantic coast people in England and the West of “Europe”.” [2]

Myth #1:  The Aryans were blond-haired and blue-eyed

Finally, the Vedic texts reveal that the Indo-Aryans did in fact have black hair:

May thy hairs grow as reeds, may they cluster, black, about thy head! (Atharva Veda 6.137.2)Brahmins have strong black hair (Atharva Veda 6.137.3) Let him [the Brahmin Priest] kindle the sacrificial fire while his hair is still black. (Dharma-Sutra 1:2)

Modern Aryan
Modern Aryan

And in the Avesta we read:

O Zarathushtra! let not that spell be shown to any one, except by the father to his son, or by the brother to his brother from the same womb, or by the Athravan to his pupil in black hair, devoted to the good law, who, devoted to the good law, holy and brave, stills all the Drujes. (Khordha Avesta.Yashts.4.10)

Myth #2:  Nordic people/Northwest Asians are Aryans

Modern Aryans
Modern Aryans

Day is correct in realizing that the skeletal remains of northern “Europe” cannot be reconciled with a steppe origin [13]. This clearly indicates that Indo-Europeanization of northern “Europe” was not carried out by steppe elements. And, the fair elements among the Celts, Germans and Balts are best sought in the indigenous “European” populations of northern “Europe” who probably developed a marked blondism on their own due to their geographical location. Moreover, the suggestion that the Indo-“European” urheimat included both northern”Europe” and the steppe is contradicted by linguistic concerns (see Mallory [7]) which make it highly probable that Proto-Indo-“European” developed in a relatively constrained (geographical) region.

Myth # 3:  The Aryans Were Technologically Advanced Charioteers

If two populations A and B meet, then A may impose its language on B, if A has larger numbers, or superior technology/organization. Day seems to believe that the Proto-Indo-“Europeans”’ (Aryans’) advantage lay in their possession of horse-related technology. But, this argument fails if we examine the terrain, much of it unsuitable for wheeled vehicles that the Indo-“Europeans” supposedly conquered. In our days, technology (gunpowder and rifles) may be an ally to a numerically small people (e.g., the British) in dominating a large one (e.g., the Indians). As we move back to prehistory, the technological differential between peoples diminishes. It seems unlikely that any people could maintain rule of a numerically very superior people in e.g., the 3rd millennium BC. [3]

How “Aryan” Became Twisted by West Asian Scholars

“Aryan” = Noble or Nordic?

““Aryan” originates from the Sanskrit word arya or ariya, which can be observed in a variety of ancient texts, most notably the Vedas – the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature, dating to possibly as early as 1500 BC. It’s been interpreted as having a variety of different meanings – civilized, noble, superior or a person of higher consciousness. It was used as a term of self-designation by nomadic Indo-Iranian tribes of Indo-“European” descent in the prehistoric period. Indo-“European” refers to an enormous family of several hundred related languages and dialects, from which derive most major tongues spoken in “Europe”, the Iranian plateau and South Asia today. The Indo-Iranians were the easternmost sub-branch of this huge group. They inhabited parts of modern Iran, Afghanistan and India. The name Iran is in fact a modern cognate of “Aryan,” meaning “lands of the Aryans.” The Behistun Inscription – engraved high on the side of Mount Behistun in the Kermanshah Province of Iran – contains the oldest epigraphically-attested reference to an Iranian language. Dating to the 6th century BC, it describes itself as having been composed “in ariya” – i.e. in Iranian. (Learn more about the Behistun Inscription in this “face-off” vs. the Rosetta Stone). In 18th century west Asian theory, the Indo-Iranians somehow came to be considered as the forbears of the entire Indo-“European” language group. How did this happen? In short, West Asian scholars began making a number of wildly inaccurate assumptions, innocently in some cases, lazily in others, and with malice in others still. “Aryan” first entered the western lexicon in the 1700s and 1800s with the translation of the Vedas. At this point it was a harmless linguistic term for describing a certain cultural group. Its connection to an “Aryan race” wasn’t implicit. That shift occurred gradually throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, at the hands of Western, mainly European, academics. It was German Indo-“European”-ist scholar Friedrich Schlegel who set this line of reasoning in motion. Writing in 1808, he developed a theory linking arya to the German word ehre, meaning “honour.” He also connected it to early Germanic names containing the element ario, such as the Germanic warrior Ariovistus. Ariovistus was the heroic leader of an alliance of Germanic tribes who, in the 1st century BC, were defeated by Julius Caesar at the Battle of Vosges, as documented in Caesar’s Commentarii de Bello Gallico. ” [1]

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NOTES

* West Asia is the more accurate name for the region known as “Europe”.  See “‘Europe’ = West Asia?” here.

[1] Jack, Malcolm.  “From Nomadic Tribesmen to Nazi Icons: Who Were the Aryans?”  24.7.2012.  Red Ice Creations.  Retrieved 4.12.2014 from http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=20861 via   http://heritage-key.com/world/nomadic-tribesmen-nazi-icons-who-were-Aryans

[2] “Will some one tell the white supremacists to stop using the word Aryan incorrectly!”.  17.8.2008.  Mathilda’s Anthropology Blog.  Retrieved 12.4.2014 from http://mathildasanthropologyblog.wordpress.com/2008/08/17/will-some-one-tell-the-white-supremacists-to-stop-using-the-word-aryan-incorrectly/

[3] Pontikos, Dienekes. Review of “In Quest of Our Linguistic Ancestors: The Elusive Origins of the Indo-Europeans”. 2004.  Dienekes Award Space- Anthropological Research Page.  Retrieved 12.4.2014 from http://dienekes.awardspace.com/articles/johnvday/