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/

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4 thoughts on “The Aryans were NOT a Blonde, Blue-Eyed Master Race

  1. Pingback: Churchill & Brisith Empire Make Hitler & NSDAP (Nazis) Look Like A Street Gang | knowledge of self

  2. Aryans are the descendants of Japheth.
    And yes, there were blond, light-eyed race.
    Not master, but warrior race. Aryan’s haplogroup is R1a1
    and their long trek ended (and probably started) in Lechia (todays Poland and western Ukraine).

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