Now about who are considered as #Aryan !
In this post we want to check different cultures and knowing if they can be considered as Aryan!
As I said in the last post, oldest usages of the word Aryan are in #Avesta and #Veda . So by knowing this, we can realize that we must search for the similar culture in Iran and India so the first thing which comes in our mind is the Indo-Iranian culture!
Indo-Iranians were actually the ancient North Indians, Persians, Medes, Parthians, Massageteans, Sakas and Scythians.(Today this includes Iranic and Indo-Aryan countries).
But does it finish in just the term Indo-Iranian? No!
There’s more about it. We must find similar cultures and after that genetics.
The most related people to Indo-Iranians/Aryans are the Anatolians who share closely related genetics and also culture.
For example we can see admiration of “Aryan gods” among Hitties. As they promised in the name of Mithra(the Aryan god). Also Hitties spoke related Indo-European languages and all of this shows their close ties with Aryan people so they can be considered as a part of Aryan tribes. (Today it’s Turkey).
The next one is Armenia which is one of the first Indo-European civilizations and also one of the first nations in the world. The Aryan heritage of Armenians is still uncertain, but we see many cultural ties between Armenians and Aryans. Also when Armenians were asking for help from Iranians against Romans, they introduced themselves as descendants of Parthian. It’s more than a political move because today we can notice some similarities between Armenian and Parthian language. So Armenians are still uncertain but even if they aren’t Aryan, but they are at least one of the closest people. But everything is still uncertain about them as I said.
Another related culture is Hellenic/Greek culture. Greek language is one of the most related Indo-European languages to Persian and Armenian. Also the philosophical/cultural similarities between pre-Zoroastrian Iran and pagan Greece is clear. They had similar stories and even sometimes similar names for mythological figures like Satyr!
More in the first comment👇🏻