indo aryan peoples

Nuristani father and son in Eastern Afghanistan.

In the mid-1890s, after the establishment of the Durand Line when Afghanistan ceded various frontier areas to the British Empire, Emir Abdur Rahman Khan conducted a military campaign in Nuristan (then known as Kafiristan) and followed up his conquest with conversion of the Nuristanis to Islam; the region thenceforth being known as Nuristan, the “Land of Light”. Before their conversion, the Nuristanis (then known as “Kafiristanis”) practiced an Indo-Iranian polytheistic Rigvedic religion. Non-Muslim religious practices endure in Nuristan today to some degree as folk customs.

just saw a tumblr post calling Arab people Indo-Aryans and saying any ancient Egyptians that were not “pitch black” are not real Egyptians but Arab colonisers.

tumblr social justice, always ‘defending’ non-US “POC” by continuously carelessly erasing our diversity and vomiting US-centric and modern racial constructs terms all over ancient history where they have no place. Africans are diverse as fuck, and this notion that they had to all be pitch black to be “real Africans” or “real ancient Egyptians” is actually a nauseating perpetuation of colonialist narratives. Please stop using terms like “white” and “black” carelessly when you’re actually talking about anthropology because RACE IS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT. People should be classified by ethnicity and genetic haplogroups, 

Carelessly using racial terms only serves to entrench European colonial narratives by entrenching the colourist construct of racism that does no justice to the diversity of our species and was certainly not how people in ancient history saw each other.

P.S Arabs are a semitic people, indo-aryans are Indians, Iranians and various other Central Asian ethnic groups like Tajiks. YES, many Arabs and Indo-Aryan peoples are Muslim today but it DOESN’T MEAN THEY HAVE THE SAME ORIGINS!

anonymous asked:

How is caste and the color of someone's skin linked? India isn't like the US. Racism came recently to India

A lot of Brahmins are lighter-skinned (or think their general populace is) than members of other castes. If you’ve lived in a hyper conservative Brahmin family, your parents have 11/10 times looked at a dark-skinned South Asian and whispered, “Ohhh, is she a? A yknow? A non-Brahmin?” And “non-Brahmin” is not really a pleasant term in this context. In the Iyengar Brahmin community itself, you have two separate subsects, one of which is the Thenkalai sect. Thenkalais are often descended from non-Aryan (as in Indo-Aryan) peoples, and boy oh boy people give them so much shit for being “not actually Brahmin.” And how do people often make the distinction between Thenkalais and their “true Brahmin” counterparts, the Vadakalais (at least at face value)? By skin color.
Of course, British interference in Indian history only made the casteist and colorist problem worse, since the British carried an even more exaggerated notion that fairer skin was better. (THIS is where full-blown racism comes in.)

But yeah, no, casteism and colorism doesn’t exist, right?