Why Do Some Africans Have Light Skin and European Features?

People generally divide Africa into

  • “North Africa”- populated by brown-skinned, wavy-haired “mulattos”/”Semites”
  • “Sub-Saharan”/”Black” Africa- populated by dark-skinned, “nappy”-haired “Negroids

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From that one would assume the following pictures are from “Sub-Saharan Africa”:

Algerian woman of Ouargla, Algeria, 1965Girl from Algeria (Biskra), 1902Young Black Algerian Woman c.1910sWoman from the Oran Province, Algeria, 1906

In fact they are all from Algeria in northern Africa.

Dark-skinned people with tightly-coiled hair are native to ALL of Africa and many other places.

 

Pale-skinned Hordes Central Asian Hordes (The Emergence of “White” People)

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Emergence and Spread of “White” Asians from Steppes

Above:  Scheme of Asiatic migrations from ca. 4000 to 1000 BCE. The magenta area corresponds to the assumed homeland . The red area corresponds to the area  settled up to ca. 2500 BCE; the orange area to 1000 BCE. (wikipedia)

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Asiatic Steppe, original homeland of “white people” (hence “Indo-European” i.e. between India and “Europe”)

 

Pale or “white” North Africans are remnants of Asiatic steppe hordes who have made various incursions into Africa throughout history (Hyksos, Turkic, Germanic, etc.):

The Alans (1st Century BCE onwards):

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The Germanics (of whom the Vandals were a branch)

Step 1:  Central Asia to West Asia (“Europe”)
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Phase 2:  Western Asia (“Europe”) to Northern Africa

Turkic Ottomans:

The Ottoman Empire was an empire founded in 1299 by Oghuz Turks.

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Oghuz Turk homeland (c. 600 BCE), between Caspian and Aral Seas
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What Happened to the Central Asians in Africa?

The fate of these Asiatic hordes was to:

  1. remain unmixed as separate ethnicities, or sub-tribes,
  2. to intermarry with the native Africans, or
  3. to become enslaved or trafficked by native Africans

Unmixed Descendants of Asiatic Hordes in North Africa:

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Unmixed Native North Africans:

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North African Nomads Displaying Mixed Asiatic-African Phenotypical Traits:

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Mixed Asiatic-African North Africans, Asiatic Features Dominant:

Asiatic Women in North African Slave Market:

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Some of those who intermarried or got enslaved by native north Africans eventually made it across the Sahara to “Sub-Saharan Africa”.  This was in very small numbers of course, but not too small to leave a mark on the phenotype.  This is part of the reason why some “Black” Africans have relatively light skin (golden brown instead of dark brown) and even more rarely have (relatively) straight hair and light eyes:  these are recessive traits from Asiatic ancestors.

Those who would argue that an ancient “white”, “Caucasian” presence in Africa was as an invading master race are delusional.  There were some invasions, but Asiatic movement in Africa was not as some “master race”.  They were either isolated, assimilated, or subdued, and always a minority.

Sub-Saharan African displaying recessive Asiatic phenotypical traits

Relatively light skin:

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Relatively light skin and hair color, Hazel eyes

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Lank hair, epicanthic fold (eyes), relatively light skin:

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Naturally-born child with Asiatic features (Not Albino)

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Possible Residual Recessive Asiatic Influence on Phenotype?

Nigerian Women

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Fulani (Nomadic group)

The fact that these ‘full-blooded’ Africans resemble African-Americans and other African diasporans who are known to have mixed with Asiatics (known as “Europeans” after settling in western Asia “Europe”) is sufficient testimony to the fact that they may, too, have acquired Asiatic ancestry in Africa.

Africa has never been isolated.  It wasn’t ‘discovered’ by anybody, certainly not “Europeans” who’d just discovered civilization from Moors (who were from Africa).  That’s why the question is so complicated:  many features commonly associated with Asians (western included) and not with Africans actually are African:

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Epicanthic Eye Fold:

Tightly-coiled (“coarse”, “nappy”) hair is usually associated with dark skin, but the ‘nappiest’ hair is found on people with light skin!

Africans have been moving around the globe- and around Africa- forever.  People have been moving into Africa forever.  The place with the most diverse genotype will have the most diverse phenotype as well.  “Non-African” features could have come from another part of Africa just as easily as a place outside it.

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Who Were The Aryans- Indians, Iranians, or Europeans?

by Daniel Oliver

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Abstract:  The identity and origin of the historical Aryans need not be a mystery.  However, disabusing oneself of misguided 18th-20th century racialist notions is necessary for reaching understanding.  To do that, the author employs Aryan scriptures, and artifacts, non-Aryan historical accounts, and linguistics to locate, describe, and define the Aryans.  The sources are not new, but a fresh analysis establishes surprising conclusions about heretofore unknown Aryan links to a broader ancient civilization.

WHERE DO ARYANS COME FROM?

According to their scriptures, the homeland of the Aryans was modern day Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India.

Sixteen perfect lands created by Ahura Mazda, and as many plagues created by Angra Mainyu.

Ahura Mazda spake unto Spitama Zarathushtra, saying:

1: I have made every land dear (to its people), even though it had no charms whatever in it

2: had I not made every land dear (to its people), even though it had no charms whatever in it, then the whole living world would have invaded the Airyana Vaeja.

3: The first of the good lands and countries which I, Ahura Mazda, created, was the Airyana Vaeja, by the Vanguhi Daitya.  (Avesta:  Vendidad: Fargard 1)

The footnote to this translation states that

Airyanem Vaeja, Iran-Vej, is the holy land of Zoroastrianism: Zarathushtra was born and founded his religion there (Bund. 20.3232.3).  From its name, ‘the Iranian seed,’ it seems to have been considered as the original seat of the Iranian race.

It has been generally supposed to belong to Eastern Iran, like the provinces which are enumerated after it, chiefly on account of the name of its river, the Vanguhi Daitya, which was in the Sassanian times (as Veh) the name of the Oxus.

But the Bundahish distinctly states that Iran-Vej is ‘bordering upon Adarbajan [Azerbaijan]‘ (29.12)…   [1]

To settle the confusion of eastern versus northern Iranian plateau, we have Strabo, who in his Geography says that Eratosthenes so defined Ariana:

‘Ariana,’ he says, is bounded on the east by the Indus, on the south by the Great Sea, on the north by the Paropamisus and the succeeding chain of mountains as far as the Caspian Gates, on the west by the same limits by which the territory of the Parthians is separated from Media, and Carmania from Parætacene and Persia. (Strabo’s Geography)

Aryanem-Vaeja / Iran-Vej / Ariana
Aryanem-Vaeja / Iran-Vej / Ariana

In the Vedas, Aryavarta (Land of the Noble Ones) is extended as far as the Bay of Bengal:

The Manusmti (2.22) gives the name [Aryavarta] to “the tract between the Himalaya and the Vindhya ranges, from the Eastern Sea (Bay of Bengal) to the Western Sea (Arabian Sea)”.[2]

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Arya Varta

Here are the combined Aryan Homelands, covering areas historically or currently known (from east to west) as Khorasan, Baluchistan, Afghanistan, Sindh, Punjab, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Bengal:

Aryan Homelands (Indus River in blue represents border between Aryanem Vaeja and Arya Varta)
Aryan Homelands (Indus River in blue represents border between Aryanem Vaeja and Arya Varta)

This, of course, brings the discussion to the opposing Out of India and Aryan Invasion/Migration theories, in short the debate over whether Aryans originated in Greater India, or came from the north.

If the Aryans were from somewhere else, they would have named that place Aryanem Vaeja or Arya Varta.  This is critical.  It defies logic to claim, or even think, that Aryans forsook the place of their origin for the place of their migration.  Crucially, as mentioned above, one translation of Aryanem Vaeja is ‘Aryan seed’- alluding to birthplace or origin.  No place outside of the mapped homelands has ever been named or thought of as an Aryan homeland, to the author’s knowledge.

Aryans did indeed migrate out of their homelands- most likely not as conquerors, but as people wielding “soft” power- cultural, spiritual and technological influence.  As the more developed culture, their language(s), spiritual systems, and cultural mores dominated the new the new hybrid cultures they fostered by moving north.  According to Indologist Giacomo Benedetti,

If there were ‘cultural ties’, they should have spoken a common language, and why not Indo-Iranian as in the later centuries, the same language of the names of the rivers and mountains of that region, when not substituted by Turkic words? Moreover, if we look at the textual traditions, in the Avesta we have the Airyas as a settled people, living on agriculture and stockbreeding, opposed to the Tuiryas (remained as Turanians in the Iranian tradition), who are nomads (but also bearing Iranian names), exactly the situation that we find in the late Bronze Age and in the Iron Age in Central Asia, with steppe pastoralists in contact with the settled agriculturists of a tradition of millennia of sedentary civilization, well reflected also in the Shahnameh of Firdusi. If the Aryans were the nomads from the steppe, the situation in the Avesta and Firdusi should be completely opposite. Not only, in the hymns of the Avesta (e.g. Yt. 5) the ancient Iranian heroes are often associated with mountains, including the progenitor Yima, who is described as offering a sacrifice on the Hukairya mountain, which is probably in Pamir. Whence came these traditions if they came from the northern flatlands? [13]

So, if we combine Iranian texts and archaeology, we suspect that the Aryans are actually the heirs of the Central-South Asian Neolithic tradition, and not of the steppe nomads, who normally are absorbed by the superior culture of the sedentary civilizations,

The contrast between the southern Aryan culture and that of the steppes- home of the Scythians, for example, who undeservedly show up in Aryan origin hypotheses- and who had the capacity to influence whom is clear in Benedetti’s analysis

“The steppe pastoralists in the Iron Age learned from the agriculturists: for instance, in the Tagisken mausoleums on the Syr Darya, they used bricks, obviously unknown in the steppes, but so typical of the southern civilization, since the Neolithic Mehrgarh in Baluchistan…” [13]

“Around 3800 BC in Baluchistan (where we find the technologically most advanced pottery tradition of Eastern Iran) appeared the earliest grey ware, which spread over the Indus plain but also westward to the whole of the Helmand valley, Bampur and Kerman.” [13]

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Baluchi Boy

He adds

The fact that there was trade with BMAC suggests that Bactria-Margiana merchants and metallurgists went north in search of metal sources and maybe of a better climate, in that period of aridification at the end of the third millennium, and started to colonize that region with their fortified settlements with their perpendicular streets, inner square and concentric walls [13]

Finally,

The influences of the pastoralists of the steppe reached the south, but they did not bring a radical change, rather the steppe peoples were influenced by the farmers, as recognized by Askarov about the Iron Age in Transoxiana (op.cit., p.441): “The cultural and economic tradition of the advanced southern communities gradually permeated the stockbreeding population of the steppes.” [13]

Thus, it is clear that Aryans came from Aryan Vaeja- as Baluchistan, in modern southeast Iran-southwest Pakistan, along with the other areas mentioned, is squarely in the historical Aryan homelands- in addition to naming it after themselves.  The elements of Aryan civilization (language, spirituality, symbology) found in the steppes, which later spread west, travelled upwards from Ariana, not the reverse.

Later migrations and diffusion, of peoples Aryan and Anaryans together, would spread languages to the uncivilized peoples of the steppe (whether in the steppe itself or to the places they themselves had migrated- west Asia a/k/a “Europe).

The Scythians are the historical Iranian speakers of the steppe. They should be seen not as the bearers of Indo-Iranian languages from the north to the south, but the opposite, as the nomadic pioneers of the Iranian languages (like the Tuiryas and Sairimas of the Avesta), who brought them up to Siberia in the east and Ukraine in the west.[13]

A parallel scenario is the spread of Islam around the globe.  Initially, majority Arab conquerors spread outwards from Arabia in all directions.  Under their influence, diverse peoples adopted and modified the Arabic script, and added many Arabic words to their lexicon.  They, of course, were not Arabs themselves, but they spread their new hybrid cultures further, including their script and vocabulary.  While some people in these secondary and tertiary waves may have had some Arab ancestry, they would have been in the minority.  Importantly, no one would ever think that any place but the Arabian peninsula is Arabia, and no one claims that Persians, Turks, East Africans and Malays are all Arabs, despite cultural, linguistic and (very sparse) genetic affinities.

With that, the question of Aryan diffusion is solved:  a cultural empire spread out from the Iranian plateau and Indian sub-continent, civilizing and influencing the steppe nomads- who themselves were populating “Europe”- in its wake.

Who is Aryan Today?

Some people in the Aryan Homelands may have some Aryan blood.

The Aryan homelands covered a huge landmass in the middle of the world’s largest continent. It’s been invaded, occupied and ruled by Mongols (multiple times), Turkic peoples, and Arabs.  The Iranian plateau in particular was inundated for centuries by “white” and other slaves [3].  This would have added to and altered the local genotypes and phenotypes.

To complement that, people from the Aryan homelands have also migrated in many directions.  While they would have influenced the genotypes and phenotypes there, theirs would have been influenced in return.

Saying that whoever is in the Aryan homelands now are direct, “pure-blooded” descendants of the Aryans, would be extremely difficult to prove.  To even say that whoever speaks “Aryan” languages is Aryan, is also poor logic.  No one claims that Senegalese are ethnically French just for speaking French, for example.

ARE “EUROPEANS” ARYAN?

No.

Aside from random chance, West Asians “Europeans” do not descend from Aryans.

They either don’t know their origins, or are hiding them:

The desire to have ancestors as illustrious and grand as possible can be found with all European peoples.

  • The Romans believed their ancestors to origin from Troy.

  • The medieval Spanish aristocracy put emphasis on their superior Visigothic blood which not only made them different from their subjects but also put them above them.

  • The French continue to become chronic schizophrenics as soon as they are to decide whether they are descendants either of Vercingetorix and the Gauls (Celts) or of Charles The Great (Charlemagne) and the Franks (Teutons).

  • Some English seemingly not satisfied with their mix of Briton, Anglo-Saxonian, Viking and Norman predecessors still found it necessary to have one lost tribe of Israel driven to their coasts in order to make sure they have even older and religiously more important ancestors.

  • Now the Germans meant to see the roots of their own history in the changes caused by the very migration of the peoples that had caused the illustrious ancestors of their neighbors. Considering that even Tacitus mentioned that the Teutons were “of pure blood”, not at all mixed with other races and (therefore) authochtone, there seemed to be hardly any reason to doubt their Northern European origin.

  • When the Church needed a relation to the bible, Ashkenaz, one of Japhet’s grandsons, was found who discovered a way to Northern Europe and thus established the Teutons even within this frame. Especially during the time of Reformation one was proud to be different from the degenerated and corrupt Roman world. [4]

Essentially, they are inventing their origins as they go along.  It is a peculiar habit of western Asian (“European”) culture that continues today.  In academic discussions, such efforts should be seen as nothing other than absurd.

Under Christian influence, Europeans claimed biblical heritage.  Soon, another group came from the heart of Asia- the steppes- and they, too, had a claim to biblical lineage.  They were the Khazarian converts to Talmudic Judaism. (If you’ve noticed, most Ashkenazi Jews hail back to areas in or around the Eurasian steppes- the same location as Khazaria).  The fact that they were racially similar, but culturally distant from these arriving Jews compounded the problem settled Europeans had had with Jews from pre-Christian days (Roman Empire).  So they expelled them hundreds of times.  And they looked for a new, non-Biblical heritage to attach themselves to:

Thinkers of the calibre of Goethe, Nietzsche, Arthur Schopenhauer and Richard Wagner found in the Orient a system of philosophy and historiography that allowed them to abandon the unsatisfactory world view of Judeo-Christianity…  Of course, in order to establish and strengthen the link between the Germans and the Orient, Hebrew had to be abandoned as the original language of humanity, to be replaced by Sanskrit, the language of classical Hinduism. [4]

The above quote illustrates the intentional to create a new identity- Aryan- to distance “Europeans” from Jews.  It is the root of Aryan/”white” vs. Jew anti-semitism.

The premier Aryanist thinkers of the time eventually came to this realization, but too late:

By way of illustration, it may be pointed out in this connection that English is spoken at the present day by, among others, the Hong Kong Chinamen, the American Red Indians and negroes, by the natives of Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, and the Scottish Highlands, besides the descendants of the ancient Britons, the Jutes, the Angles, the Saxons, the Norsemen, the Danes, and the Normans in England, but all these peoples cannot be classified in the racial sense simply as Englishmen. Similarly, the varied types of humanity who are Aryan in speech cannot all be regarded as representatives of the “Aryan race”, that is, if we accept the theory of an “Aryan race”, which Virchow, by the way, has characterized as “a pure fiction”. (author’s emphasis)

Max Müller in his closing years, faced this aspect of the problem frankly and courageously. “Aryas”, he wrote, “are those who speak Aryan languages, whatever their colour, whatever their blood. In calling them Aryas we predicate nothing of them except that the grammar of their language is Aryan. . . . I have declared again and again that if I say Aryas, I mean neither blood, nor bones, nor hair, nor skull; I mean simply those who speak an Aryan language. The same applies to Hindus, Greeks, Romans, Germans, Celts, and Slays. When I speak of these I commit myself to no anatomical characteristics. The blue-eyed and fair-haired Scandinavians may have been conquerors or conquered, they may have adopted the language of their darker lords or their subjects, or vice versa. I assert nothing beyond their language when I call them Hindus, Greeks, Romans, Germans, Celts, and Sla[v]s, and in that sense, and in that sense only, do I say that even the blackest Hindus represent an earlier stage of Aryan speech and thought than the fairest Scandinavians. . . . To me an ethnologist who speaks of an Aryan race, Aryan blood, Aryan eyes and hair, is as great a sinner as a linguist who speaks of a dolichocephalic dictionary or a brachycephalic grammar.”[5] (author’s emphasis)

Their voices, unfortunately do not echo down the halls of history as loudly as racialists like Churchill and Hitler whose pseudo-scientific “mashup” of Aryans and Nordics justified incalculable atrocities and theft worldwide.

Here are other proofs that West Asians (“Europeans”) were never Aryan:

  • Greece, and later Rome, were in constant contact and conflict with Iran, and, in the case of Alexander, India.  Why didn’t they notice linguistic similarities then?  Why didn’t they consider themselves brothers in Aryan-hood?
  • Ancient historians were aware of Aryans, yet did not consider themselves part of them.  Even after Renaissance revival of Greek texts, the Europeans did not identify with Aryans for centuries.
  • No part of Europe or Russia was ever listed in the Aryan Homelands, not even by Europeans [Greco-Roman] historians.

In short, the term Aryan has never been, and should never be, applied to other branches of Indo-European people.

ARYANS WERE NOT NORDIC

There is even less basis for the conflation of Aryans and Nordics (blonde hair & blue eyes).

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. [6]

Another distinctive race has yet to be accounted for–the tall, fair, blue-eyed, long-headed Northerners, represented by the Scandinavians of the present day…  How dark eyes became grey or blue, and dark hair red or sandy, is a problem yet to be solved.

The ancestors of this fair race are believed to have been originally distributed along the northern Eur-Asian plateaus; Keane’s blonde long-headed Chudes and the Wu-suns in Chinese Turkestan are classed as varieties of the ancient Northern stock.  [7]

In short, Nordics (blond, blue-eyed) are not from the Aryan homeland.  Only by coincidence did Nordicism and interest in the Aryans arise at the same time.  It was a mistake to ever have merged them.

THEN WHAT WAS THE ARYAN RACE?

The Aryans did have what we now call a “race”, and we know what it is.

However before exploring that, it is important to remember that “race” (skin color, ethnicity) did not matter to the Aryans, and they were not a “master race”.

According to Rg Veda translator Kant Singh, “If you believe Griffith’s or even Jamison and Brereton’s translation (Oxford Univ. Press,2014), the Rigveda is a racist document”.  However, he goes on to argue, this is due to gross mistranslations that are so inaccurate they could only have been intentional.

He offers word-for-word translations and transliterations of relevant passages in his pivotal work “No Racism in the Rigveda”, available free online here.

Looking further into Aryan scripture, though, we do find some accurate information about their appearance.

DESCRIPTION IN HOLY SCRIPTURE

May thy hairs grow as reeds, may they clusterblack, 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)

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)

“Reeds”:

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Hair that is “strong”, “black” and “grows [i.e. unaided] as reeds”:

 

Hair that is “strong”, “black” and “as reeds” ‘clustered’ “about the head”:

ARYAN LANGUAGE

Linguists have also done much to ascertain the origin of the earliest inhabitants of Aryan homelands.

Most Congolese (Bantu) languages have an a-prefix (or augment) attached to past verbal forms:

  • Kele a-lembe-ke “loved”
  • Poto a-kala-ka “loved”
  • Ngala a-jinga-ka ”loved”
  • Kongo a-tond-ele ”loved” etc.

The augment is thought by Torrend (1891 : 237) to be a reduced form of the verb ya “go”.This feature is quite unusual and very significant. We assume Bantu has preserved a very ancient Niger-Congo characteristic here. The suffix -ke, -ka often cooccurs with this prefix.

Now Greek, an Indo-European language, preserves this augment  as do various other Indo-European languages (Meillet 1950 : 97)

  • Sanskrit a-bharat “he carried”

  • Old Persian a-bara “he was bringing”,

We know that there were once Niger-Congo languages in Iran from the evidence of place names (I-ran, compare I-raq), perhaps also in western India (Pakistan). Iran is nearer to Africa, and like India, has a prominent river system. The early Africans originally travelled by boat.

So Indo-Iranian, … appear to constitute a subgroup within Indo-European, which has Niger-Congo characteristics.  This subgroup extends from Greece in the west to India in the east.[8]

Recent linguistic discovery tends to show that a Cushite or Ethiopian race did in the earliest times extend itself along the shores of the Southern Ocean from Abyssinia to India… it extended from the Indus along the seacoast through the modern Beluchistan and Kerman, which was the proper country of the Asiatic Ethiopians [9]

THE ARYAN “RACE”

AS DESCRIBED BY HISTORIANS

The above linguistic findings, and the Ethiopian connection they begin to establish, are corroborated by the claims of historians about the ancient inhabitants of the Aryan Homelands:  that they were part of a vast religious and cultural empire, the worldwide cultural sphere known in antiquity as Ethiopia.

Classical historians and geographers called the whole region from India to Egypt, both countries inclusive, by the name of Ethiopia, and in consequence they regarded all the dark-skinned and black peoples who inhabited it as Ethiopians. Mention is made of Eastern and Western Ethiopians and it is probable that the Easterners were Asiatics and the Westerners Africans. [10]

“Homer and Herodotus call all the peoples of the Sudan, Egypt, Arabia, Palestine and Western Asia and India Ethiopians.”[10]

Herodotus wrote in his celebrated History that both the Western Ethiopians, who lived in Africa, and the Eastern Ethiopians who dwelled in India, were black in complexion…

The vestiges of this early civilization have been found in Nubia, the Egyptian Sudan, West Africa, Egypt, Mashonaland, India, Persia,

in ancient times Southern Asia had a Negro population ranging from the Persian Gulf to Indo-China and the Malay Archipelago.

SPIRITUAL EMPIRE & Legacy

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The Greek philosopher Xenophanes (572–480 B.C.), pointed out a profound truth when he observed that the gods men worship very closely resemble the worshippers. In the words of this ancient sage: “Each man represents the gods as he himself is. The Ethiopian as black and flat-nosed the Thracian as red-haired and blue-eyed; and if horses and oxen could paint, they would no doubt depict the gods as horses and oxen.” This being the case; when we find the great nations of the world, both past and present, worshipping black gods, then we logically conclude that these peoples are either members of the black race, or that they originally received their religion in toto or in part from black people. The proofs are abundant. The ancient gods of India are shown with Ethiopian crowns on their heads…

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A study of the images of ancient deities of both the Old and New Worlds reveal their Ethiopic origin.    Most of these black gods were regarded as crucified saviors who died to save mankind by being nailed to a cross, or tied to a tree with arms outstretched as if on a cross, or slain violently in some other manner. Of these crucified saviors, the most prominent were Osiris and Horus of Egypt, Krishna of India, Mithra of Persia

Whatever the Aryan thoughts, if any, about “race”, by today’s standards they had one.  Because “race” in general, and the “race” of the Aryans in particular, has become such a controversial and dogmatic issue in our time, and not to start a new dogma about “the” Aryan “race”, pictures are provided below of how some Aryans chose to depict themselves.

ARYAN APPEARANCE

MONUMENTS AND RELIEFS

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“I am Darius the Great King, King of Kings, King of countries containing all kinds … an Achaemenian, a Persian, son of a Persian, an Aryan, having Aryan lineage.” (Inscription of Darius the Great at Naqsh-e Rostam)

Artaxerxes III, predecessor of Darius III, from his Tomb at Persepolis
Artaxerxes III, predecessor of Darius III, from his Tomb at Persepolis
Detail from Darius III's palace
Detail from Susa palace
Detail from Darius III's palace
Detail from Artaxerxes II’s palace in Susa
Detail from Darius III's palace
Detail from Susa palace
Detail from Darius III's palace
Detail from Susa palace
Detail from Darius III's palace
Detail from Susa palace
Detail from Darius III's palace
Detail from Susa palace

These, of course, corroborate the hair texture and color given in the scriptural descriptions of Aryans, as well as the connection of the Aryan Homelands to Ethiopian civilization.

CONCLUSION

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Aryan was a race, but at a time when race was not defined by ethnic relatedness, instead it was by qualitative similarity.  Aryans were people who shared and lived by the same ideals- noble ideals- not who came from the same family.  The very word itself denotes not a place or a family or color, but a value, a code, a standard of conduct.

Aryan, 1601, as a term in classical history, from L. Ariana, from Gk. Aria name applied to various parts of western Asia, ult. from Skt. Arya-s “noble, honorable, respectable… originally originally “belonging to the hospitable,” from arya-s “lord, hospitable lord,” originally “protecting the stranger,” from ari-s “stranger.” Ancient Persians gave themselves the same name (O.Pers. Ariya-), hence Iran (from Iranian eran, from Avestan gen. pl. airyanam).”

This is the true Aryan concept- not that of a certain ethnicity or phenotype, but of a noble way of life:

arya/årya does not mean a particular ”people” or even a particular ‘racial’ group but all those who had joined the tribes speaking Vedic Sanskrit and adhering to their cultural norms (such as ritual, poetry, etc.) — as has been underlined for decades. [15]

It cannot be better stated than the words of Dr. N. S. Rajaram, who says

The word ‘Arya’ in Sanskrit means noble and never a race. In fact, the authoritative Sanskrit lexicon (c. 450 AD), the famous Amarakosa gives the following definition:

mahakula kulinarya sabhya sajjana sadhavah

An Arya is one who hails from a noble family, of gentle behavior and demeanor, good-natured and of righteous conduct

And the great epic Ramayana has a singularly eloquent expression describing Rama as:

arya sarva samascaiva sadaiva priyadarsanah

Arya, who worked for the equality of all and was dear to everyone.

The Rigveda also uses the word Arya something like thirty six times, but never to mean a race. The nearest to a definition that one can find in the Rigveda is probably:

praja arya jyotiragrah … (Children of Arya are led by light)

RV, VII. 33.17

The word ‘light’ should be taken in the spiritual sense to mean enlightenment. The word Arya,according to those who originated the term, is to be used to describe those people who observed a code of conduct; people were Aryans or non-Aryans depending on whether or not they followed this code. This is made entirely clear in the Manudharma Shastra or theManusmriti (X.43-45):

But in consequence of the omission of sacred rites, and of their not heeding the sages, the following people of the noble class [Arya Kshatriyas] have gradually sunk to the state of servants – the Paundrakas, Chodas, Dravidas, Kambojas, Yavanas, Shakhas, Paradhas, Pahlavas, Chinas, Kiratas and Daradas.

Two points about this list are worth noting: first, their fall from the Aryan fold had nothing to do with race, birth or nationality; it was due entirely to their failure to follow certain sacred rites. Second, the list includes people from all parts of India as well as a few neighboring countries like China and Persia (Pahlavas). Kambojas are from West Punjab, Yavanas from Afghanistan and beyond (not necessarily the Greeks) while Dravidas refers probably to people from the southwest of India and the South.

Thus, the modern notion of an Aryan-Dravidian racial divide is contradicted by ancient records. We have it on the authority of Manu that the Dravidians were also part of the Aryan fold. Interestingly, so were the Chinese. Race never had anything to do with it until the Europeans adopted the ancient word to give expression to their nationalistic and other aspirations. [15]

If, still, a case is to be made on phenotypical similarity, then let the reader take bona fide Aryan artifacts, and not modern fantasy art, as a guide.

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References

  1. http://www.avesta.org/vendidad/vd1sbe.htm
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%80ry%C4%81varta
  3. http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/barda-index
  4. Schoz, S. “The myth of the “Aryan tribe”. Translation: Swindirhos.  http://www.rabenclan.de/index.php/Magazin/SvenScholzAryanE
  5. Mackenzie, Donald Alexander.  Indian Myth and Legend.  London:  Gresham Publishing Co., Ltd.  1913.  Retrieved 19.4.2015 at Indian Myth and Legend: Introduction
  6. Jack, Malcolm. “From Nomadic Tribesmen to Nazi Icons: Who Were the Aryans?”  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
  7. “Indian Myth and Legend”. Sacred Texts.  http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/iml/iml05.htm#page_xxix
  8. http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/gc_dunn/Comparative_Linguistics.pdf
  9. Rawlinson, George. “On the Ethnic Affinities of the Races of Western Asia”.  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/
  10. Budge, E. A. Wallis. “History of Ethiopia, Vol. I., Preface.”  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/
  11. 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/
  12. (Reference: Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies 7-3 (EJVS) 2001(1-115))
  13. Benedetti, Giacomo. “Indo-Iranians:  new perspectives.”  New Indology.  02.2013.  Retrieved 17.10.2015 from http://new-indology.blogspot.com/2013/02/indo-iranians-new-perspectives.html
  14. Witzer, Michael. “Autochthonous Aryans? The Evidence from Old Indian and Iranian Texts”.  Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies 7-3 (2001).  Retrieved 17.10.2015 from http://www.azargoshnasp.net/history/Aryan/EJVS-7-3.pdf
  15. Rajaram, N.S. “The Aryan Invasion:  history or politics?”  Aryan Invasion Volume 1 (September 1998).   Retrieved 17.10.2015 from http://archaeologyonline.net/artifacts/aryan-invasion-history

Arya Dharma (The Noble Way) a/k/a Buddhism: An Afro-Islamic Inspiration? (6 of 6)

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The statues of ancient Buddhas of the East depicted him as having woolly hair- always shown in cornrows, or “peppercorn” texture of small tight curls. These statues also clearly show him to have had Africoid facial features- full nose and lips. In most ancient temples throughout Asia, he is shown as jet Black. In fact, in many ancient temples of Asia and India, statues of the gods and goddesses have Africoid features with woolly hair in the peppercorn style, while some even have dreadlocks. These pictures of Buddha portray him in no uncertain terms as a Negro with kinky, coiled hair, a flat nose and full lips.

Source:  https://selfuni.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/original-african-buddha/

The mid-twentieth century scholar, Hamid Abdul Qadir postulates that the Prophet Dhu’l-Kifl, meaning “the one from Kifl,” mentioned twice in the Quran  as patient and good, refers to Shakyamuni Buddha. Qadir explains that “Kifl” is the Arabicized form of Kapila, short for Kapilavastu. It should be remembered that the consonant ‘p’ is not present in Arabic, and the nearest one to it is ‘fa’. Hence, Kapeel transliterated into Arabic becomes Kifl.

He also proposes that the Qur’anic mention of the fig tree (At-Tin 1-5) refers to Buddha as well, since he attained to enlightenment at the foot of one.

Read more at “The Buddha:  An Islamic Prophet?

Arya Dharma (The Noble Way) a/k/a Buddhism: An Afro-Islamic Inspiration? (5 of 6)

arya dharma 03

The statues of ancient Buddhas of the East depicted him as having woolly hair- always shown in cornrows, or “peppercorn” texture of small tight curls. These statues also clearly show him to have had Africoid facial features- full nose and lips. In most ancient temples throughout Asia, he is shown as jet Black. In fact, in many ancient temples of Asia and India, statues of the gods and goddesses have Africoid features with woolly hair in the peppercorn style, while some even have dreadlocks. These pictures of Buddha portray him in no uncertain terms as a Negro with kinky, coiled hair, a flat nose and full lips.

Source:  https://selfuni.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/original-african-buddha/

The mid-twentieth century scholar, Hamid Abdul Qadir postulates that the Prophet Dhu’l-Kifl, meaning “the one from Kifl,” mentioned twice in the Quran  as patient and good, refers to Shakyamuni Buddha. Qadir explains that “Kifl” is the Arabicized form of Kapila, short for Kapilavastu. It should be remembered that the consonant ‘p’ is not present in Arabic, and the nearest one to it is ‘fa’. Hence, Kapeel transliterated into Arabic becomes Kifl.

He also proposes that the Qur’anic mention of the fig tree (At-Tin 1-5) refers to Buddha as well, since he attained to enlightenment at the foot of one.

Read more at “The Buddha:  An Islamic Prophet?

Original African Buddha

The statues of ancient Buddhas of the East depicted him as having woolly hair- always shown in corn rows or “peppercorn” texture of small tight curls. These statues also clearly show him to be Africoid, with the wide nose, thick lips and frizzy, nappy, hair which are distinctive Negro characteristics. In most ancient temples throughout Asia, he is shown as jet Black. In fact, in most of the ancient temples of Asia and India, statues of the gods and goddesses have Africoid features with woolly hair in the peppercorn style, while some even have dreadlocks. These pictures of Buddha portray him in no uncertain terms as a Negro with kinky, coiled hair, a flat nose and full lips


Buddha Vietnam

Buddha Thailand

Buddha China

Buddha India

Note the stretched ears of this modern Masaai man from Kenya and compare to the Buddha’s.

Buddha Thailand

There are absolutely no historical records that portray Buddha as pale-skinned or even ‘yellow’-skinned.

There were two types of Blacks from Africa who created the first civilization of mankind. One was the Nubian, who had broad features and Woolly, Nappy hair, while the other had the aquiline nose with straight hair,(Dravidian) but both were early ddescendants straight out of Black Africa.


Southern Indian Man

Modern Black people of Southern India.


Orissa women from northeast India. Note the similarity in jewellery worn compared to the African women below.


Woodabi woman from West Africa


Ndabele woman from South Africa

Pre-Buddhist South Asian society consisted of four basic groups.
1. Brahmins (priesthood)
2. Kshatriyas (the warrior class)
3. Vaishyas (the merchant class)
4. Sudras / Untouchables / outcastes, the hated ones

� These outcast in India consist of the agricultural labourers who are kept segregated in every village.
� They had to eat the carcasses of dead animals.
� They could only eat from broken plates.
� They had to tie a cup around their necks to catch their spit because it was considered to be contaminating.
� They had to tie a broom to their rear ends to hide their tracks, since crossing such tracks was forbidden and deemed to be polluting.
� They could only enter the other castes’ neighbourhood at night because their shadow was defiling.
� They had to clean corpses and wear the clothes of the dead.
� Their women were relegated to the function of common prostitutes.


Buddha Thailand
9th Century

The Buddha and his Buddhist teachings emerged, starting out as a type of reformist Hinduism to eradicate this demonic system and teach enlightenment for all.

From “Ancient Black Buddha” by Horus:  http://www.nairaland.com/68677/ancient-black-buddha

When Someone Tells You Hitler Wasn’t Racist…

…ask them to explain these quotes from his autobiography Mein Kampf:
” The Jews were responsible for bringing negroes into the Rhineland, with the ultimate idea of bastardizing the white race which they hate and thus lowering its cultural and political level”
“For in a world which would be composed of mongrels and negroids all ideals of human beauty and nobility and all hopes of an idealized future for our humanity would be lost forever.” (311)
” Therefore, the cultural level is not the standard by which we can judge the value of the State in which that people lives. It is evident that a people which is endowed with high creative powers in the cultural sphere is of more worth than a tribe of negroes. And yet the statal organization of the former, if judged from the standpoint of efficiency, may be worse than that of the negroes.”
“One example will suffice to show how much our contemporary world is at fault in this matter. From time to time our illustrated papers publish, for the edification of the German philistine, the news that in some quarter or other of the globe, and for the first time in that locality, a Negro has become a lawyer, a teacher, a pastor, even a grand opera tenor or something else of that kind. While the bourgeois blockhead stares with amazed admiration at the notice that tells him how marvellous are the achievements of our modern educational technique, the more cunning Jew sees in this fact a new proof to be utilized for the theory with which he wants to infect the public, namely that all men are equal.
It does not dawn on the murky bourgeois mind that the fact which is published for him is a sin against reason itself, that it is an act of criminal insanity to train a being who is only an anthropoid by birth until the pretence can be made that he has been turned into a lawyer; while, on the other hand, millions who belong to the most civilized races have to remain in positions which are unworthy of their cultural 347 level.
The bourgeois mind does not realize that it is a sin against the will of the eternal Creator to allow hundreds of thousands of highly gifted people to remain floundering in the swamp of proletarian misery while Hottentots and Zulus are drilled to fill positions in the intellectual professions. For here we have the product only of a drilling technique, just as in the case of the performing dog. If the same amount of care and effort were applied among intelligent races each individual would become a thousand times more capable in such matters.” (349)
” Systematically these negroid parasites in our national body corrupt our innocent fair-haired girls and thus destroy something which can no longer be replaced in this world.” (451)
“The French people, who are becoming more and more obsessed by negroid ideas, represent a threatening menace to the existence of the white race in Europe, because they are bound up with the Jewish campaign for world-domination. For the contamination caused by the influx of negroid blood on the Rhine, in the very heart of Europe, is in accord with the sadist and perverse lust for vengeance on the part of the hereditary enemy of our people, just as it suits the purpose of the cool calculating Jew who would use this means of introducing a process of bastardization in the very centre of the European Continent and, by infecting the white race with the blood of an inferior stock, would destroy the foundations of its independent existence.” (501)
“We National Socialists have to go still further. The right to territory may become a duty when a great nation seems destined to go under unless its territory be extended. And that is particularly true when the nation in question is not some little group of negro people but the Germanic mother of all the life which has given cultural shape to the modern world.” (525)
“It does not dawn upon this depraved bourgeois world that here one has actually to do with a sin against all reason; that it is a criminal absurdity to train a born half-ape until one believes a lawyer has been made of him, while millions of members of the highest culture race have to remain in entirely unworthy positions; that it is a sin against the will of the eternal Creator to let hundreds and hundreds of thousands of His most talented beings degenerate in the proletarian swamp of today, while Hottentots and Zulu Kafirs are trained for intellectual vocations. For it is training, exactly as that of the poodle, and not a scientific ‘education’.”
“In the most critical hour of our people, in the moment when we, practically abandoned by all the world, made defenseless by our own fault, have to watch France setting out to occupy new territories, while African negroes rape our women and children,…”
“The black disgrace works havoc on the Rhine. Women, girls and children pay for the bestial negroes’ lust with their death. An uninterrupted stream of poison and disease flows into the blood of our people. Moroccan syphilis drives thousands of victims towards a cruel death…”
“All great cultures of the past perished only because the originally creative race died off through blood poisoning.”
“…and one seeks compensation by success with Hottentots and Zulu Kafirs, with the blessing of the Church. While our European peoples, the Lord be praised and thanked, fall into a state of physical and moral leprosy, the pious missionary wanders to Central Africa and establishes negro missions, till there our ‘higher culture’ will have turned healthy, though primitive and inferior, human children into a foul breed of bastards.”
“What we see before us of human culture today, the results of art, science, and techniques, is almost exclusively the creative produce of the Aryan….Without this possibility of utilizing inferior men, the Aryan would never have been able to take the first steps towards his later culture; exactly as, without the help of various suitable animals which he knew how to tame, he would never have arrived at a technology which now allows him to do without these very animals. The words ‘Der Mohr hat seine Schuldigkeit getan, er kann gehen’ (The Moor has done his duty, he may go) has [sic] unfortunately too deep a meaning.”
“For the establishment of superior types of civilization the members of inferior races formed one of the most essential pre-requisites. They alone could supply the lack of mechanical means without which no progress is possible. It is certain that the first stages of human civilization were not based so much on the use of tame animals as on the employment of human beings who were members of an inferior race. Only after subjugated races were employed as slaves was a similar fate allotted to animals, and not vice versa, as some people would have us believe.
At first it was the conquered enemy who had to draw the plough and only afterwards did the ox and horse take his place. Nobody else but puling pacifists can consider this fact as a sign of human degradation. Such people fail to recognize that this evolution had to take place in order that man might reach that degree of civilization which these apostles now exploit in an attempt to make the world pay attention to their rigmarole.
The progress of mankind may be compared to the process of ascending an infinite ladder. One does not reach the higher level without first having climbed the lower rungs. The Aryan therefore had to take that road which his sense of reality pointed out to him and not that which the modern pacifist dreams of.
The path of reality is, however, difficult and hard to tread; yet it is the only one which finally leads to the goal where the others envisage mankind in their dreams. But the real truth is that those dreamers help only to lead man away from his goal rather than towards it. It was not by mere chance that the first forms of civilization arose there where the Aryan came into contact with inferior races, subjugated them and forced them to obey his command.
The members of the inferior race became the first mechanical tools in the service of a growing civilization. Thereby the way was clearly indicated which the Aryan had to follow. As a conqueror, he subjugated inferior races and turned their physical powers into organized channels under his own leadership, forcing them to follow his will and purpose.
By imposing on them a useful, though hard, manner of employing their powers he not only spared the lives of those whom he had conquered but probably made their lives easier than these had been in the former state of so-called ‘freedom’. While he ruthlessly maintained his position as their master, he not only remained master but he also maintained and advanced civilization. For this depended exclusively on his inborn abilities and, therefore, on the preservation of the Aryan race as such.
As soon, however, as his subject began to rise and approach the level of their conqueror, a phase of which ascension was probably the use of his language, the barriers that had distinguished master from servant broke down. The Aryan neglected to maintain his own racial stock 239 unmixed and therewith lost the right to live in the paradise which he himself had created. He became submerged in the racial mixture and gradually lost his cultural creativeness, until he finally grew, not only mentally but also physically, more like the aborigines whom he had subjected rather than his own ancestors.” (240)
There may be a context, as some say.  Or maybe he changed his views later in life, as other claim.
Africans have no common cause with Khazar Jewry (Sephardic, Ashkenazi, “white” Jews), but the “my enemy’s enemy is my friend” logic that historical revisionists (racist apologists) try to use is just another snare.
Africans must do for self.  If you don’t make it, you don’t have it.  Nothing anyone will ever do for you or give will ever suffice you.

Muslim Use of the Swastika

Asiatic Muslims have been using swastikas in calligraphy and architecture for a long time. But is this Islamic?

First of all, the swastika is not anti-Semitic. If all you (think you) know about the swastika is that it was used by National Socialist (“Nazi”) Germany, then be aware of two facts:

  1. The swastika has been used around the world, even Sub-Saharan Africa(!) for thousands of years:
  2. Arabs and Ethiopians (among others) are Semites. They USE the swastika, so it can’t be anti-Semitic:
Ethiopian Orthodox Church http://www.gnosis.us.com/45633/ancienthistorical-swastikas/
Ethiopian Orthodox Church
http://www.gnosis.us.com/45633/ancienthistorical-swastikas/

If that’s not enough to convince you read more about swastika use in Africa here:  Afrikan Swastikas – Knowledge of Self.

Now let’s take a virtual tour the Muslim world, past and present…

Makkah (Mecca)

Makka is Islam’s holiest city.  It is where the Qur-an was revealed.  It houses Masjid al-Haram (The Sacred Place of Prostration) the direction to which all Muslims pray.  Recently, the government currently controlling Makka has overseen the tallest clock tower in the world (apparently overlooking the fact that most Muslims have mobile phones to tell time with).  Believe it or not, that clock, that monument, has swastikas.  Look how the white lines intersect:

The Makkah Clock Tower, Mecca, Saudi Arabia http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=334299&page=571
The Makkah Clock Tower, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=334299&page=571

Persia

Persia is much larger than modern day Iran.  Basically, ‘Persia’ refers to the homeland of Persians, who since ancient times have used the term Aryan (hence, Iran) to describe themselves and their language:

iranic language

We will look at swastika use in what is now Iran and Tajikistan.

Iran

Friday Mosque in Isfahan, Iran http://www.swastika-info.com/
Friday Mosque in Isfahan, Iran
http://www.swastika-info.com/
Ceiling of the Ali Qapu Pavilion in Isfahan, Iran from the 17th century. http://www.proswastika.org/
Ceiling of the Ali Qapu Pavilion in Isfahan, Iran from the 17th century.
http://www.proswastika.org/
Ali’s name in tilework Kufic calligraphy, next to swastikas, Friday Mosque, Yazd http://www.paulstravelblog.com/wp/?m=200805&paged=2
Ali’s name in tilework Kufic calligraphy, next to swastikas, Friday Mosque, Yazd
http://www.paulstravelblog.com/wp/?m=200805&paged=2
The column of Darvazeh Dowlat in Tehran http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread809237/pg7
The column of Darvazeh Dowlat in Tehran
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread809237/pg7
The column of Darvazeh Dowlat in Tehran http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread809237/pg7
The column of Darvazeh Dowlat in Tehran
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread809237/pg7
Islamic Azad University, Bandar Abbas, Iran http://www.proswastika.org/
Islamic Azad University, Bandar Abbas, Iran
http://www.proswastika.org/

Tajikistan

Like other post-Soviet countries, Tajikistan has taken a fresh look its history following independence in 1991. The result is a state campaign to promote the notion that the Tajiks as a Aryan nation – and the widespread use of the swastika. (Aryan Myth and Metahistory)

A Tajik emblem that is based on the swastika http://aryan-myth-and-metahistory.blogspot.com/2011/08/tajikistan-aryan-revival-and.html
A Tajik emblem that is based on the swastika
http://aryan-myth-and-metahistory.blogspot.com/2011/08/tajikistan-aryan-revival-and.html

Iraq

"This is...on the wall of Baghdad’s oldest university which is older than Oxford – by a few years." https://maryrussellwriter.wordpress.com/tag/mosque/
“This is…on the wall of Baghdad’s oldest university which is older than Oxford – by a few years.”
https://maryrussellwriter.wordpress.com/tag/mosque/

Turkic Countries

Anatolian Peninsula (Modern Turkey)

This was the center of power of the Uthmani (“Ottoman”) Empire, which ruled over many Muslim territories for centuries.

The Great Mosque of Diyarbakır (Diyarbakır Ulu Camii / Mizgefta Mezin a Amedê), located in Diyarbakır, Turkey, is the oldest and one of the most significant mosques in Anatolia. The mosque is considered by some to be the fifth holiest site in Islam. It can accommodate up to 5,000 worshippers and is famous for hosting four different Islamic traditions. http://svasticross.blogspot.com/
“The Great Mosque of Diyarbakır (Diyarbakır Ulu Camii / Mizgefta Mezin a Amedê), located in Diyarbakır, Turkey, is the oldest and one of the most significant mosques in Anatolia. The mosque is considered by some to be the fifth holiest site in Islam. It can accommodate up to 5,000 worshippers and is famous for hosting four different Islamic traditions.”
http://svasticross.blogspot.com/
A part of the Topkapi Scroll The Topkapi architectural design scroll is probably the best-preserved and oldest scroll of this kind to have survived. Aproximated between 1500 - 1600 made It is of great importance for an understanding of Timurid and Turkmen geometric design principles. The scroll is 29.5 meters long, with 114 drawings, it bears no date and is not signed. The drawings represent geometrical designs, murqanas designs and contain patterns and elements of square kufic. It entered the Ottoman imperial treasury at an unknown date and is now housed at the Topkapi Place Museum in Istanbul, Turkey. http://svasticross.blogspot.com/
A part of the Topkapi Scroll
“The Topkapi architectural design scroll is probably the best-preserved and oldest scroll of this kind to have survived. Aproximated between 1500 – 1600 made
It is of great importance for an understanding of Timurid and Turkmen geometric design principles. The scroll is 29.5 meters long, with 114 drawings, it bears no date and is not signed. The drawings represent geometrical designs, murqanas designs and contain patterns and elements of square kufic. It entered the Ottoman imperial treasury at an unknown date and is now housed at the Topkapi Place Museum in Istanbul, Turkey.”
http://svasticross.blogspot.com/
Sivas, Şifahiye Medresesi, Turkey Sifaiye Medresesi is a medrese built in 1217 in Sivas, Turkey. It bears typical Seljuk features and was built by the Rûm Seljuk Sultan Kaykaus I, who was known for his fondness for the city of Sivas where he spent the large part of his period of reign. The complex consists of a Darüşşifa (Dâr al-Shifâ, literally "house of health", a hospital) and the medrese where medicinal studies were also taught. The complex is also alternatively called under the sultan Izeddin Keykavus I's name whose tomb is located within the compound. http://svasticross.blogspot.com/
Sivas, Şifahiye Medresesi, Turkey
“Sifaiye Medresesi is a medrese built in 1217 in Sivas, Turkey. It bears typical Seljuk features and was built by the Rûm Seljuk Sultan Kaykaus I, who was known for his fondness for the city of Sivas where he spent the large part of his period of reign.
The complex consists of a Darüşşifa (Dâr al-Shifâ, literally “house of health”, a hospital) and the medrese where medicinal studies were also taught. The complex is also alternatively called under the sultan Izeddin Keykavus I’s name whose tomb is located within the compound.”
http://svasticross.blogspot.com/

Uzbekistan

Entrance to the Poi Kalon Mosque, Uzbekistan http://newsoftomorrow.org/esoterisme/chamanisme/olga-kharitidi-le-maitre-des-reves-lucides-au-coeur-de-lasie-une-psychiatre-russe-apprend-comment-guerir-les-esprits-du-trauma/attachment/swastika-kalyan-mosque
Entrance to the Poi Kalon Mosque, Uzbekistan
http://newsoftomorrow.org/esoterisme/chamanisme/olga-kharitidi-le-maitre-des-reves-lucides-au-coeur-de-lasie-une-psychiatre-russe-apprend-comment-guerir-les-esprits-du-trauma/attachment/swastika-kalyan-mosque

Kashgar, China

Though controlled by China, Kashgar is predominately peopled by Muslim Uyghurs,  a Turkic ethnic group living in Eastern and Central Asia.

Mosque in Kashgar, China, near the border of Pakistan. https://solotravelblog.net/swastikas-in-asia/
“Mosque in Kashgar, China, near the border of Pakistan”
https://solotravelblog.net/swastikas-in-asia/

Indian Subcontinent

The Indus River Valley civilization (mostly in modern Pakistan) is where the names ‘India’ and ‘Hindu’ come from.  It is from this civilization that many religions like Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism, famous for their use of the swastika, ultimately originated.

Buddhism
Buddhism

hindu swastika

Sikh Deity Stand (SikhBazaar.com)
Sikh Deity Stand (SikhBazaar.com)
Jainism
Jainism

The Mughal (Mongol) dynasties which ruled India used this symbol in their architecture.  They either adopted its use from locals, or had already been using it.

Sikandra. This is the "buland darwaaza" (great gate) leading to the gardens of the tomb of Akbar, the greatest, ablest, and probably the most enlightened of the Mughal emperors. Early 17th century, local red sandstone with ornate marble inlay (including Koranic calligraphy in letters at least a foot high) http://mise-en-trope.blogspot.com/2011/03/sikandra-and-agra-akbars-tomb-and-taj.html
Sikandra. This is the “buland darwaaza” (great gate) leading to the gardens of the tomb of Akbar, the greatest, ablest, and probably the most enlightened of the Mughal emperors. Early 17th century, local red sandstone with ornate marble inlay (including Koranic calligraphy in letters at least a foot high)
http://mise-en-trope.blogspot.com/2011/03/sikandra-and-agra-akbars-tomb-and-taj.html
“This is where they say Shah Jahan, the man behind the Taj Mahal, was imprisoned BY HIS SON.” http://www.aroundtheworldl.com/2014/06/29/agra-fort-india/
“This is where they say Shah Jahan, the man behind the Taj Mahal, was imprisoned BY HIS SON.”
http://www.aroundtheworldl.com/2014/06/29/agra-fort-india/

Andalus (Modern Iberian Peninsula/Spain)

Andalus was a medieval Muslim cultural domain and territory occupying at its peak most of what are today Spain and Portugal.

Al-Andalus & Christian Kingdoms (wikipedia)
Al-Andalus & Christian Kingdoms (wikipedia)

The fact that Spain was the first [West Asian] country to acquire technical supremacy at the dawn of modern times and for a certain period dominate the world can only be explained by the [Muslim] contribution during the time of its colonization. (Diop, Cheikh Anta, Precolonial Black Africa (Chicago:  Lawrence Hill Books, 1987), p.36)

The Mosque of Cordoba, Andalus (Spain), construction completed in 987 CE. www.proswastika.org
The Mosque of Cordoba, Andalus (Spain), construction completed in 987 CE.
http://www.proswastika.org

Muslim Calligraphy

 "All Sovereignty to Allah", by Fatma Mohammad Abdel Rahim from the United Arab Emirates http://svasticross.blogspot.com/2012/04/swastika-allah.html
“All Sovereignty to Allah”, by Fatma Mohammad Abdel Rahim from the United Arab Emirates
http://svasticross.blogspot.com/2012/04/swastika-allah.html
By Ahmad Zeid http://www.flickr.com/photos/93272306@N05/9762358206
By Ahmad Zeid
http://www.flickr.com/photos/93272306@N05/9762358206
Ahmad Zeid http://farm8.static.flickr.com/7389/9452801696_ac86e59071_m.jpg
Ahmad Zeid
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As you can see from the calligraphy especially, the swastika is a consequence of lines intersecting at right angles.  Muslims have historically avoided depicting living things in artwork, so geometric patterns are where they focused their creativity.  Perhaps at least some of the swastikas are unintentional apexes that allow uninterrupted patterns.  However, some are obviously a continuation of pre-Islamic use of the swastika by central Asian populations and their diaspora, which includes Arabia.  Which brings us to the next question:

But is using the swastika symbol Islamic?

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No, but neither is using the crescent moon and star, the supposed symbol of Islam.

Though the crescent was originally a secular symbol of authority for Muslim rulers, it is now often used to symbolize the Islamic faith. However, the crescent was not a symbol used for Islam by Muhammad or any other early Muslim rulers, as the Islamic religion is, in fact, against appointing “holy symbols” (so that during the early centuries of Islam, Muslim authorities simply didn’t want any geometric symbols to be used to symbolize Islam, in the way that the cross symbolizes Christianity, the menorah was a commonly occurring symbol of Judaism, etc.). This is why early Islamic coins were covered with Arabic writing, but contained no visual symbols.  (wikipedia)

The crescent, like the swastika, is a pre-Islamic symbol.

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Unlike the swastika, however, whose origins are debated, the crescent and star have clear polytheist (mushrik/pagan) significance:

The crescent is one of the oldest symbols known to humanity.  Before Islam, the crescent was the symbol of Sassanids and after capturing Persian lands, the crescent has been adopted by Arab Muslims and later by other Muslims. The crescent and star also appears on pre-Islamic coins of South Arabia.

In the 12th century the crescent and star were adopted by the Turks and since then the crescent has been a frequent symbol used by powerful Muslim empires such as the Ottomans and the Mughals. It is a historical symbol of the Turks, associated especially with the Ottoman Empire, but pre-Islamic Turkic nations such as the Göktürks used the crescent and star figure on their coins. (wikipedia)

So it’s no worse to use the swastika on a mosque, or as a Muslim symbol (it obviously can’t be Islamic) than it is to use the crescent.

Can a Pagan Symbol Represent Islam?

Swastikas, crescents, stars, eagles, etc. may or may not be “bad”, but a government that uses a pagan symbol doesn’t seem to be saying they represent Allah as sovereign.  Coincidentally, no government is doing a good job implementing the authority of Allah and his Messenger (sA’a&s).

“And he shares his authority with no one (Qur-an 18.26)

crescent swastika

Decorating Mosques is a Sign of Spiritual Decline and Materialism

“Narrated / Authority of: Anas bin Malik:  The Messenger of Allah (sAaws) said: ‘The Hour will not begin until the people compete in (building) masjids (mosques).’” (Sunan Ibn Majah) (ahadith.co.uk)

‘Umar ordered that the mosque be rebuilt and he said: Protect the people from rain, but beware of using red or yellow (for adornment) and distracting the people.

Anas said: They build mosques and boast about that, but they do not use them for worship except rarely.

Ibn ‘Abbaas said: You are going to adorn (mosques) as the Jews and Christians adorn (their places of worship) (Islam Question & Answer)

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Verily the Safa and Marwa [two small mountains now located in the Masjid al-Haram in Makka] are among the Symbols of Allah. So, if one visits the House in the Season or at other times, there is no blame on him if he should compass them round. If any one obeys his own impulse to good, be sure that God is Thankful and All Knowing (Qur-an 2.158)

And [mention, O Muhammad], when We designated for Abraham the site of the House, [saying], “Do not associate anything with Me and purify My House for those who perform Tawaf and those who stand [in prayer] and those who bow and prostrate.

And proclaim to the people the Hajj [pilgrimage]; they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass –

That they may witness benefits for themselves and mention the name of Allah on known days over what He has provided for them of [sacrificial] animals. So eat of them and feed the miserable and poor…

Then let them end their untidiness and fulfill their vows and perform Tawaf around the ancient House.

That [is so]. And whoever honors the symbols of Allah – indeed, it is from the piety of hearts. (Qur-an 22 (Suratu-lHajj))

More African Swastikas: African Aryans?

According to Uncommon Objects,

One of the oldest recorded uses of the swastika in Africa is found in artwork by the Akan people of Ghana.  It is also found on servants’ dresses in the Ashanti Empire…

Look at the cloth pattern of the woman in the middle  (UncommonObjects.com)
(UncommonObjects.com)

Click the picture to enlarge, then look at the cloth pattern of the woman in the middle.