Video : Beautiful Images of Ancient Persia or Hittites and Modern Fantasies - Excellent information about Indo Aryans and Indoeuropeans
These are not images of Indoeuropean or Ancient Indoaryan artifacts or cultures. Video is extremely beautiful, but not ancient "Aryan". Of course Ancient Persians used the word "aryan" meaning "noble", and some consider the Persians Before Christ as "Aryans" ( the term "aryan" is falling in disuse and discredit in science and is limited to politics ) .... Text is excellent and correct.
March 24, 2009
It's one of the ironies of history that Aryan, a word nowadays referring to the blond-haired, blue-eyed physical ideal of Nazi Germany, originally referred to a people who looked vastly different. Its history starts with the ancient Indo-Iranians, peoples who inhabited parts of what are now Iran, Afghanistan, and India.
The Sanskrit speakers, or Aryas as the called themselves descended to India from the steppes of southern Russia (from the Andronovo culture). They used the term Arya, which means noble in Sanskrit, to designate themselves from the indigenous Dravidian and Elamite peoples.
The term Aryan first appeared in India, in the Rig Veda, however, the people that used this term migrated to India from the north west.
The first evidence of Indo Aryan language we have is from 1600BC in Syria. The Mittani were a Hurrian people living in Syria, but amazingly their kings spoke an Indo-Aryan language. There is a horse training manual by Kikkuli written in this language, very similar to Sanskrit. A treaty between the Mittani and the Hittites even calls Vedic gods such as Indra and Varuna to witness!
It has been proposed that after the Indo-Aryans and the Iranians broke off from the Andronovo culture the Iranians stayed in the north while the Indo-Aryans moved south. Some believe that the Indo-Aryans were not only in Syria and India, but spread across the whole middle east, and that the reason why the Mittani Aryans in Syria and the Indian Aryans were separated was because of the arrival of Iranians in what is now called Iran.
In present-day academia, the terms "Indo-Iranian" and "Indo-European" have made most uses of the term 'Aryan' obsolete, and 'Aryan' is now mostly limited to its appearance in the term "Indo-Aryan" to represent (speakers of) North Indian languages.