Who were the Aryans?
With the sad state that our education system is in, the only agreed upon answer is that wherever they came from, they have no association to white Europeans.
My own minimal education on the subject consisted essentially of the idea that the Aryans were indigenous of India, completely ignoring Persia, and of course that Hitler foolishly perverted the idea to fit his ideology.
Although there will always be an amount of uncertainty in the study of ancient history, one has to be extremely selective to believe, or worse teach, the above points. With that short introduction, what are the factual evidence? What do we know and what can we know?
The word Aryan stems from the ruling classes of both India and Persia (Iran) who called themselves by that name, most likely meaning "noble".
There is also convincing evidence that these leaders were of a different race than their subjects. Even to this day higher caste Indians (priests and warriors) are whiter than the lower castes (servants and casteless). The existence of early miscegenation laws, prohibiting marriage between castes is another clue.
Another interesting piece of the puzzle is the Aryan languages or to use the modern politically correct euphemism, the Indo-European languages. In 1786 Sir William Jones first put forth the idea that Greek, Latin and Sanskrit had a common root, and further that they all may be related to Celtic, Gothic and Persian languages. In his own words:
The Sanscrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source, which, perhaps, no longer exists.
With this he laid the ground not only to Indo-European studies but what would become comparative linguistics as a whole.
In summary, there is both racial and linguistic evidence of a common origin of the Aryans. Likewise the simplest and most evident racial origin is of White race. The mainstream proponents often ignore or ridicule this hypothesis but, as we've become all too used to, their motive is seldom scientific but political.
We will return to this in later articles, but suffice to say, this is the most evident and simple theory that fits the available data.
Assuming this is true, there are still some unanswered questions. For example, were the Aryans:
- an especially advanced subgroup of the white race, or
- was the majority of the white race a racially homogeneous group, of which only the emigrants to Persia and India needed to distinguish themselves by the name of Aryan (noble)?
Most likely the truth is a combination of these two positions. The advancement of DNA studies and archaeological evidence may in time reveal if either one explains the truth better than the other.
All that said, the question is mostly of academic interest. Regardless of who the true Aryans were and who they are today, none can live only through their forebears accomplishments. It is your actions here and now that matters the most. If we indeed have Aryan blood running through our veins, then it is up to everyone of us to prove its worth!
Last updated on Sunday, February 14, 2016
Posted on Jan 11, 2017
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