13 Facts About Aryan race


Aryan race is an obsolete historical race concept that emerged in the late-19th century to describe people of Proto-Indo-European heritage as a racial grouping.

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The misleading mixture of pseudoscience and Romanticism produced new racial ideologies which used distorted Social Darwinist interpretations of Aryan race to explain "the superior biological-spiritual-linguistic essence of the Northern Europeans" in self-congratulatory studies.

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Term "Aryan race" was used as an ethnocultural self-designative identity of the Indo-Iranians and the authors of the oldest known religious texts of Rig Veda and Avesta within the Indo-Iranian branch of Indo-European language family—Sanskrit and Iranian, who lived in ancient India and Iran.

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Aryan race argued a diffusionist model of culture, and emphasised the racial superiority of Germanic peoples over Romans and French, whom he described as destroyers of culture as compared to Germanics.

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Aryan race postulated a small Aryan clan living on a high elevation in central Asia, speaking a proto-language ancestral to later Indo-European languages, which later branched off in two directions: one moved towards Europe and the other migrated to Iran, eventually splitting again with one group invading north-western India and conquering the dark-skinned dasas of Scythian origin who lived there.

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Gobineau attempted to identify the races of Europe as Aryan and associated them with the sons of Noah, emphasizing superiority, and categorized non-Aryan as an intrusion of the Semitic race.

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Helena Blavatsky advocated the idea of root-races in which each cyclical rise and fall of seven consecutive root-races in the scale of spiritual development, each of which was divided into seven sub-races before ascending progressively superior root-races; in her cosmogony, the Aryan race was the fifth root-race, proceeded by the Atlanteans, and emphasized the principle of elitism and racial hierarchy.

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The connotation of the term Aryan race was detached from its proper geographic and lingustic confinement as a Indo-Iranian branch of Indo-European language family by this time.

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However, a definition of Aryan race that included all non-Jewish Europeans was deemed unacceptable, and the Expert Committee on Questions of Population and Racial Policy of 1933 bought together important Nazi intellectuals Alfred Ploetz, Fritz Thyssen, and Ernst Rudin to plan the course of Nazi racial policy, defining an Aryan race as one who was "tribally related to the German blood and descendant of a Volk".

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Historical revisionism around Aryan race was disseminated through Ahnenerbe, a Nazi think tank.

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Gunther's racist writings on Nordicism was suffused with the ideas of Gobineau, who believed the Nordic Aryan race had originated in northern Europe and spread through conquest; this had expressed approval of the Nazi eugenics policies, and had critical influence on scientific racism.

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The Aryan race belief was used by the Nazis to justify the persecution, depicting the victims as the "antipode and eternal enemy of the Aryans".

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Many white supremacist neo-Nazi groups and prison gangs, notably in the United States, view themselves as part of an Aryan race, including the Aryan Brotherhood, Aryan Nations, Aryan Guard, Aryan Republican Army, White Aryan Resistance, Aryan Circle, Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, and others.

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