Before we begin today, a quick note that one of the men who participated in the failed insurrection at the Capitol rioted and threw a wooden post while wearing a Giorgio Tsoukalos Ancient Aliens sweatshirt. I need not point out exactly how on-brand it is for angry, rioting right-wingers to also be Ancient Aliens fans.
Ancient Origins published a racist article this week by a writer from India attempting to explain how the impetus for civilization emerged from the Aryan racial group, via Noah's son Japeth. Although the article is not white nationalist in the explicit sense we see in more extreme publications, it clearly has sympathies with the old Victorian ideas about a superior Aryan race stretching from India to England. Indeed, the article starts in the Near East, folds in India, and concludes by celebrating the tall, blond supermen who supposedly first colonized the British Isles. Alexander Jacob even cites outdated twentieth-century scholarship (Gordon Childe, who died in 1957) to support his views and brings in Victorian skull morphology studies to argue that various ancient populations were genetically distinct races derived from one of Noah's three sons, with--of course--the Aryan sons of Japheth being superior.
We've been over this racist nonsense many times before, but even so, it was still shocking to see Ancient Origins running a piece that openly spoke about superior races.
According to Gordon Childe, however, the predominant racial element in the earliest graves in the region from Elam to the Danube is the ‘Mediterranean’. So we may presume that these early cultures were founded by the genius of that broad racial group. The dolichocephalic Mediterranean, or “brown”, race may thus have constituted the earliest strata of the populations of Asia, Egypt and Europe.
Jacobs, being Indian, of course wants to link everything to India, so in his view, the master race is actually the "proto-Dravidians" of India, whom he alleges seeded all of civilization. "It is possible that the proto-Hurrians, or proto-Dravidians, typified the original Noachidian family," he writes. Everyone is ultimately a corruption of an Indian original:
Gordon Childe’s conjecture regarding the ‘Mediterranean’ aspect of the earliest populations of the large region between West Asia and Central Europe seems to be confirmed archaeologically by the fact that the graves of the Āryan culture of Bishkent (ca. 1700-1500 BC) related to the northern Bactro-Margiana Archaeological Complex (BMAC) have also yielded mostly Mediterranean skeletons.
In sum, Jacobs implies that the mixing of Aryan and Dravidian in India restored the "dynastic" glory of the House of Noah and in so doing created a civilizing force that eventually became the ruling house that led all other ancient peoples to glory. Convenient, typical, and racist.
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