10 Facts About Aryan


Aryan or Arya is a term originally used as an ethnocultural self-designation by Indo-Iranians in ancient times, in contrast to the nearby outsiders known as 'non-Aryan' .

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Aryan certificate was a primary requirement to become a Reich citizen for those who were of German or related blood and wanted to become Reich citizens after the Nuremberg Laws were passed in 1935.

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The Sanskrit word arya is rendered as 'noble' in William Jones' 1794 translation of the Indian Laws of Manu, and the English Aryan appeared a few decades later, first as an adjective in 1839, then as a noun in 1851.

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Name Aryan is still used as a given name or surname in modern South Asia and Iran.

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Term 'Aryan' was initially introduced into the English language through works of comparative philology, as a modern rendering of the Sanskrit word arya.

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Accordingly, the term 'Aryan' came to refer in scholarship to the Indo-Iranian languages, and, by extension, to the native speakers of the Proto-Indo-Iranian language, the prehistoric Indo-Iranian peoples.

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Many of them indeed believed that Aryan was the original self-designation used by the prehistoric speakers of the Proto-Indo-European language, based on the erroneous assumptions that Sanskrit was the oldest Indo-European language and on the linguistically untenable position that Eriu was related to Arya.

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However, the use of 'Aryan' to mean 'Proto-Indo-European' is regarded as an "aberration to be avoided".

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In 1885, the New Zealand polymath Edward Tregear argued that an "Aryan tidal-wave" had washed over India and continued to push south, through the islands of the East Indian archipelago, reaching the distant shores of New Zealand.

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The term "invasion", while it was once commonly used in regard to Indo-Aryan migration, is usually used only by opponents of the Indo-Aryan migration theory.

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