Saturday, June 07, 2014

The Aryans and the Farmer Caste

The typical image of an ancient Aryan is that of a horse riding warrior equipped with a battle axe, sweeping across the Eurasian steppes in search of conquest and plunder. Whilst that image does have a certain validity it does not tell the whole story. The Aryan as well as being a consummate warrior was also the creator of agriculture. If we are to accept the hypothesis of Colin Renfrew (Archaeology & Language. The Puzzle of Indo-European Origins, 1987) then agriculture began in Anatolia, his favoured Urheimat of the Aryan peoples and spread in waves of advance westwards. Anatolia of course was the homeland of the Aryan Hittites, a mighty and mysterious people who were only to be discovered as being Aryan in 1915 when Czech linguist  Bedřich Hrozný managed to decipher the tablets of cuneiform inscriptions from Hattusa. Not surprisingly the Hittites were demonised by the jews in their biblical stories and that demonisation of the Aryan has continued right down to the present time.

Some scholars, notably those who seek to interpret the history of the Aryan peoples using biblical exegesis argue that the Germanic peoples are descended from the Hittites (In Search of The Great German Nation. Origins and Destiny, 2001, Craig M. White). Referring in part to the work of Professor Vere Gordon Childe and Professor Laurence Austine Waddel, White states:

"These battle-axe Nordics of Europe, he claims, came from the southeast-the Caucasus region. The iron cross and the Swastika sun-cross, both Indo-European emblems, featured very prominently in Hittite art and daily life. The double-headed eagle, another Indo-European or Aryan symbol, featured also prominently as did the extended arm salute."

The Hittites main deity was the thunder God Teshub or Tarhun whose main weapons were the axe or thunder hammer, a flashing trident, a long two-edged sword and the thunderbolt. Like other Aryan thunder Gods His vehicle of choice was a chariot. Like Thunor and Indra He was famed for His slaying of a serpent, Illuyanka.

The ancient Aryan peoples operated a caste system and this system, albeit now degraded has continued to exist in modern day India. Originally the caste system was a division of Aryan society by function; priest, warrior and farmer-producer and one can see echoes of this in the Rigsthula although it had become distorted by the time it came to be written down and incorporated into the Elder Edda of Saemand the Wise. The fact that the Indo-Aryan and Germanic caste systems recognised a farming caste demonstrates how ancient a concept agriculture was to the Aryan peoples. Often when we hear the term Aryan we immediately think of the horse riding Ksatriya warriors but they are only part of the picture.

An ancient symbol of the Aryan peoples was the five-pointed star, the Pentagramme which is associated both with the Goddess Venus and Lucifer, the Light-Bringer. It has a further association with the plough. L.A. Waddell in his A Sumer-Aryan Dictionary, 1927 states that the Ar, Ara, Hara or Harri (Aryans) are "Pictured by the Plough sign (Ar, Ara)".

  "This title Ar, Ari, Arya, or "Aryan", appears, as I have shown, to have originally designated the Early Aryans as "The Ploughmen" from the Sumerian Ar, Ara, "plough", which is now disclosed as the source of the Old English ear, "to plough, to ear the ground" and of "ar-able", etc.[See Ar, "plough" in Dict]. The Aryans are now seen to have been the traditional inventors of the plough and of the Agricultural Era of the World; and the sense of Ara or "the exalted ones" appears to have been used for this title when this gifted race became the rulers of the various aboriginal tribes-the Sumerian also gives the plough sign the meaning of "raise up, exalt" as the secondary meaning of ploughing as "the uplifting" of the earth (see Ara, exalt, in the Dict)."

Edred Thorsson writing in ALU, a Advanced Guide to Operative Runology  (2012) speculates that the "symbolic complex" of the Anglo-Northumbrian Runes Calc-Stan-Gar may have its ultimate origins in the Aryan North Iranian tribe of Alans. Apparently the Romans settled a military contingent of Alans in northern England and southern Scotland. He draws a link between this tribe and the English surname of  `Allen' or `Alan`. He states that the Alans are closely related to the Scythians who had a myth reported by Herodotus in the 5th century that at the origin of their tribe there fell from the sky a plough and yoke, a battle-axe and a cup.

These three symbols of the plough, battle-axe and cup represent the original three Aryan castes. the plough therefore has as much to do with the Aryans as does the battle-axe, and food production is a vital necessity for our people. There has always been a strong bond between the blood of the Germanic peoples and the soil that they have made their own and thus the plough as symbolised by the pentagramme or Drudenfuss should be sacred to us.

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