Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Vattisen Yaly, the Ethnic Religion of the Chuvash

Many people assume (incorrectly) that heathenism or paganism was totally eradicated in Europe over 1000 years ago by the church in league with traitorous kings and chieftains but this is a false assumption. Many remote parts of Europe preserved their ancient traditions, rituals, legends and myths. The whole of Europe is experiencing a revival of their pre-Christian religions and traditions but in some parts of the continent these religions have survived either wholly or partially intact. One such example of partial survival is amongst the Chuvash, a Turkic speaking European people who have their own republic, Chuvashia which is part of the Russian Federation.

The Chuvash are regarded as a 'Central Asian' people but they dwell in the centre of European Russia and have mainly northern European genetics. They regard themselves as descendants of the Bulgars and Suars, Turkic tribes residing in the Northern Caucasus in the 5th to 8th centuries CE after the death of their leader Attila the Hun. In the 7th to 8th centuries CE a part of the Bulgars moved into the Balkans and mixed with local Slavs to form the modern state of Bulgaria. Modern Bulgarians speak Bulgarian, a south Slavic Indo-European language. Some historians are of the opinion that the Bulgars are of Iranian descent rather than Turkic, citing linguistic evidence. It is more than likely however that in reality the Bulgars are a mixed people of Thracian, Slavic and Bulgar ancestry. This appears to be the current prevailing opinion due to DNA analysis. Another part of the Bulgars moved into the region of the Middle Volga and formed the Chuvash people. After the Mongol invasion of Volga Bulgaria they became vassals of  the Golden Horde. In August 1552 the princes of the Chuvash swore an oath of loyalty to Ivan the Terrible. It is from the Chuvash people that I have a line of maternal genetic descent, born out by autosomal DNA and seemingly supported by mitochondrial DNA analysis. Some scholars associate the Suars or Sabirs with the name of Siberia. The Suar spoke a Turkic language but are genetically thought to be of Finno-Ugric origin. The Chuvash consider themselves to be descended from the Suar who mixed with the Mari, a Finno-Ugric people and they are their neighbours.

DNA analysis reveals that the Chuvash are of mixed Finnic and Indo-European (Balto-Slavic) descent with some Turkic admixture. (The Y-DNA haplotype of R1a is dominant amongst the population although R1b is also present. This is typical of Europe as R1b is dominant in the west and R1a in the east, both of which belong to the carriers of the Proto-Indo-European mother language.) This genetic mix is reflected in the quite wide range of racial physiognomy with traits ranging from the Nordic at one end of the scale to the Mongoloid on the other. The vast majority have mixed features but appear to be 90% European in physical traits. 

"The Chuvash are not simply Finns Tatarized in language, but show evidence in face form, nose form, and in the scarcity of true blondism, that the Turkish influence did bring some mongoloid traits. It is interesting to note, however, that the cephalic index was not elevated as a result. Individually the Chuvash are extremely variable, as their portraits will show; complete Nordics of Corded tendency, and unmistakable mongoloids represent the end types, both of which may have been brought by the Turks." (The Races of Europe, 1939, Carleton S. Coon)

Coon's analysis of these "Tatarized Finns" appears to be remarkably vindicated by modern genetic science and this demonstrates the validity of this great man's work. I have given a little information about the history and ethnology of the Chuvash even though this article is concerned with their native religion. However as readers of this blog will know the two are inseparable.

According to a recent census (2012) religion in the Chuvash Republic can be broken down as follows:

Russian Orthodox 54.7%.
Other Orthodox 4.2%.
Other Christian 2.7%.
Islam 3.5%.
Rodnovery and other native faiths 1.2%.
Spiritual but not religious 24.2%
Atheism and irreligion 7.7%.
Other and undeclared 1.8%.

My readers should note that Rodnovery is a modern religion but it is based upon the spiritual traditions of the Slavs of central and eastern Europe. It would be interesting to compare the above statistics from the Republic of Chuvashia with the wider Russian Federation of which it is a part:

Russian Orthodox 41%.
Other Orthodox 1.5%.
Unaffiliated Christian 4.1%.
Other Christian/Religion 1.7%.
Spiritual but not Religious 25%.
Atheism 13%.
Islam 6.5%.
Slavic native faith, other Pagan and Tengrist 1.2%.
Tibetan Buddhism 0.5%.
Undecided 5.5%. 

Surprisingly the Orthodox faith is quite strong in Chuvashia and there are significant numbers of people in Chuvashia and Russia as a  whole who describe themselves as being 'spiritual' but not belonging to any organised religion. This is a contrast with the naked atheism which is present in western Europe whose people are far more materialistic in nature. The reference to 'Slavic native faith' relates to Rodnovery, the Slavic equivalent of Odinism. Tengrism is a Central Asian religion which incorporates elements of shamanism, animism, totemism, polytheism, monotheism and ancestor worship. This religion was dominant amongst the Hungarians, Turks, Mongols and Huns. Similar to Tengrism is Vattisen Yaly, the contemporary revival of the ethnic religion of the Chuvash.

Although Vattisen Yaly may be categorised as a branch of Tengrism it has significant differences as the Chuvash although speaking a Turkic language (originally though to be Finnic) they are predominately Finnic and Slavic in ethnicity and so their native religion has mainly Indo-European and Finno-Ugric elements. It should also be noted that unlike other speakers of Turkic languages only a small minority accepted Islam and this is borne out by the 2012 statistics which show less followers of Islam in Chuvashia than in the wider Russian Federation. The Chuvash language itself diverges considerably from other Turkic languages and Chuvash speakers can be found as ethnic minorities in other Russian republics. There are only 1,640,000 Chuvash speakers in the Russian Federation as a whole and 34,000 in other countries.

Interestingly the followers of Vattisen Yaly describe themselves as "the true Chuvash" and Vattisen Yaly has the meaning 'Tradition of the Old'. The main God of this religion is Tura and this deity is comparable to the Estonian (Finno-Ugric) Taara, the Germanic Thunraz and the Turkic Tengri. It is interesting how this deity can be found in Finno-Ugric, Indo-European and Turkic religions. Their highest deity is therefore the Thunder God. The traditional religion of the Chuvash has an unbroken traition and has survived all attempts of the Abrahamic religions to wipe it out and with the fall of the USSR it is experiencing a revival. The governing body of Vattisen Yaly, the Chuvash National Congress has codified its rituals and they regard themselves as guardians of its traditions and even as descendants of the 'elder priests'. 

A central feature of Vattisen Yaly is the World Tree which is called the Keremet and this is shown on the Chuvash national flag. The God Tura is reborn in the tree, growing from the ashes, symbolising the 'rebirth of man through nature'. The concept of the birth of man from a tree should not be lost on my readers who will be familiar with the Norse myth of Askr and Embla. In Germanic mythology we have of course a close association of Thunar and the oak tree. Amongst the Slavs many villages carved the image of Perun into the most prominent oak tree and He is intimately associated with that species of tree as are all the Thunder Gods of Europe.

Regardless of the individual religious affiliations of the Chuvash their ethnic pre-Christian religion appears to play a surprisingly prominent part of their national life and has become interwoven with their identity. In a similar way Rodnovery plays such a part amongst the ethnically aware Slavs.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Church of England Schools Promoting the Mark of the Beast

By sheer accident I discovered today that schools in England (I have no idea how many) have started to use 'biometrics' as a form of cashless interactions for payment of school dinners and snacks. This by the way includes Church of England schools! Apparently when biometrics were initially introduced into schools it started with the loaning of library books and has now been extended to replace the use of cash-a sinister development! A fingerprint is taken from the child and this is stored electronically. When the child chooses their lunch their fingerprint is scanned and the transaction recorded on the school's computer system and their parents' 'Parent Pay' account is debited accordingly-all without any cash changing hands!

I have written before on this blog about the Mark of the Beast and although it is referred to in the Book of Revelation it is nonetheless a system which we now see being introduced throughout the world with the collusion of capitalist corporations, banks, governments and Information Technology companies. What is significant about the fingerprint is that it is converted into a number!

"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." (Revelation 13:16-18, AV)

It is ironic that many of these schools are Church of England schools, yet another example of the hypocrisy of the church and its apparent lack of knowledge or more likely lack of belief in their own scriptures! Apparently these systems have the capability of 'talking' to other systems and the child's fingerprint can even be duplicated. The aiming of this system at children helps to brainwash them into accepting the cashless society and the Mark of the Beast, the system which is being introduced by ZOG to enslave the nations of the earth.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

The Use of Genetic Testing in Ancestral Research

DNA testing and analysis can be a useful tool in the exploration of one's ancestry but one must be cautious in evaluating the results. Since last year I have spent a considerable amount of time researching my own ancestry although this has been primarily on my paternal side due to the barriers placed in the way of carrying out German ancestral research by the German government. Unlike England and most of the English speaking world the vast majority of birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial records in Germany have not been digitalised and there are no central records offices. A significant number of records were destroyed during the bombing of WWII. The only way one can effectively carry out research is by physically visiting the various churches and town halls. To employ someone to carry out research would cost thousands of pounds. In order to order birth, marriage and death certificates one must also prove a biological relationship due to the excessively strict privacy laws in Germany! I am convinced that this strategy is a deliberate one by the German government which actively works for the dissolution of the ethnically German population and puts every barrier in the way of people researching their ancestry. With hindsight it would have been helpful if my mother had not thrown away her Ahnentafel when she married my father in 1948! It would also have been helpful if I had taken the time to ask my mother about her grandparents whilst she was alive! As she passed on in 1989 it is now way too late to do this! Thus my German research is limited to my grandparents who bore the surnames Bock and Klingebiel, names very common in the Harz mountains.

By necessity my extensive research has been of my paternal ancestors and the vast majority of these are those of my paternal grandmother's line which I have found is deeply rooted in the North Meols area of Lancashire in northwest England. The same surnames keeps recurring and it is clear that most of my ancestors were in fact related to the people who they married! Indeed I have found that I am often descended from the same person through 2 or 3 of his or her children and sometimes through their sibling(s) as well. This phenomena is known as a 'Pedigree Collapse' which reduces the possible numbers of one's ancestors! So anyone who has North Meols ancestry is very likely to be related to me, even if distantly as it was a small gene pool located in a very rural and at one time remote area. My paternal grandfather's ancestry however is rooted in Wales and the neighbouring English counties of Shropshire and Somerset. I have not been able to go too far back with my Somerset and Shropshire ancestry and the very prevalence of similarly named individuals in Wales has limited my Welsh research to my Welsh great great grandparents. The North Meols ancestry is already well researched and much of it has been published. They appear to take their genealogy seriously in that part of the world!

A number of years ago I used the services of Oxford Ancestors who I believe were the first company to offer ancestral DNA testing. I first had my Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) tested and then my Y Chromosome DNA (Y-DNA). The results showed a maternal haplotype of V and a paternal one of R1b. Recent research by Living DNA has confirmed these results and provided the subclades, namely V10b and R-L21. Ironically my paternal DNA is the most common in western Europe, the so-called 'Atlantic-Celtic' type that was introduced as the result of waves of Indo-European expansions whilst my maternal DNA is the rarest in Europe (Germany 4%, Austria 1%) apart from the very north of Scandinavia where its dominance reaches as much as 42% amongst the Sami whose males were very restricted in choice of partners, thus creating a 'founder' effect where one incoming female provided the majority of the female partners.

Living DNA also provided an autosomal analysis (auDNA) which is a fairly new form of testing where the remaining 22 pairs of chromosomes are tested in order to identify the countries or regions where one's ancestors originated. Living DNA unlike most other companies can trace this back to up to 10 generations (8 x great grandparents) as opposed to the usual 5 generations (great great great grandparents). It is not possible to identify which chromosomes one has inherited from either one's mother or father but conventional genealogical research can throw light upon this. However if one had two living parents who had their auDNA tested then in theory one could identify which auDNA one has inherited from each parent. When looking at auDNA it should be borne in mind that you do not necessarily inherit a straight 25 % of your DNA from each grandparent. It is technically possible not to inherit any at all! It is very much a lottery and the further back in time one goes the increasing likelihood is that you do not inherit any DNA from the majority of your ancestors! The only exception to this rule is your mtDNA and Y-DNA. Females however do not inherit Y-DNA and males cannot pass on their mtDNA to their offspring. However a female could ask for one of her paternal male ancestors to be tested such as a father, paternal grandfather or even a paternal uncle, full brother or paternal half brother. 

Unlike any other company Living DNA are able to identify which regions of England, Scotland or Wales one's ancestry is derived from as well as ancestry from Ireland. The autosomal analysis confirmed my Lancashire ancestry, the result being 22.9%, so close to 1/4. It also confirmed my Welsh ancestry at 15.8%, not too different from the 1/8 my conventional research indicated. This was broken down to 6.1% from North Wales and 9.7% from the South Wales border (which may include western English ancestry). However where it failed dismally is in the analysis of my German ancestry which showed absolutely none at all! This is clearly an error as 50% of my ancestry is from outside of Britain, having had a German mother. Apparently Living DNA along with many of other testing companies struggle to identify the difference between German and English DNA due to the close similarity and the fact that these companies have insufficient genetic algorithms on their databases from Germany but I was advised that this "may change in the future" as more populations become mapped. This is a very common experience for people who have combined English and German ancestry as my researches on the Internet have shown me. So whilst DNA testing can be very useful it does have its limitations but can certainly help to fill in any gaps in one's conventional research. It is thus more than likely that the remaining auDNA from outside of Wales, Lancashire, Somerset and Shropshire is actually the German DNA 'masquerading' as English. This surely should drum home the truth that the English and German people are essentially the same people! No more brothers' wars!

The auDNA revealed some recent Scandinavian ancestry (1.8% which again may be from North Meols as some of my ancestors were still using patronymic surnames well into the 18th century which may be an indication that they were recent immigrants from Scandinavia. The population of North Meols generally are of Norse descent because this part of Lancashire was heavily colonised by Norwegian and Danish Vikings so the 1.8% auDNA only refers to recent Scandinavian descent. Another surprise was the discovery that 1.7% of my auDNA is derived from the Russian republic of Chuvashia, a people of mixed Balto-Slavic and Finno-Ugric descent with some Turkic/Hunnic admixture. These are a very interesting European people who along with their closely related Mari neighbours have maintained heathen traditions and religion down to the present time. The Chuvash ancestry is clearly from my mother due to the fact that Russia is much closer to Germany than to England and the rare mtDNA V haplotype may very well have been inherited from a Chuvash maternal ancestor as their Mari neighbours have a higher than usual proportion of mtDNA V in their gene pool at 10%.

The use of ancestral DNA testing is certainly a very useful tool when used to clarify or validate conventional research and to fill in any 'gaps' in one's research but the results must be treated with caution especially if one is of mixed German, Dutch or English descent.