With the growth and advancement of archaeogenetics, we now have a clearer picture of the likely Proto-Indo-Europeans (the Yamnaya) and their offshoots such as the Sintashta and Indo-Aryan cultures. We now know that the Proto-Indo-Europeans emerged in the steppes of Southern Russia and Ukraine c. 4,000 to 3,000 B.C. They appear to have been related to the later Corded Ware culture of central Europe, both genetically and culturally, and other emergent Indo-European groups. The putative original group, the Yamnaya, were composed for the most part of hunter-gatherer ancestry from the east and Caucasus, and also had an injection of early Neolithic farmer ancestry from the Mediterranean. The Yamnaya were primarily brunet and swarthy.
Geneticists have found that, with the aid of the horse, the Yamnaya expanded by conquering neighboring groups, slaughtering the men and breeding with the women. Thus, the patrilineal haprogroups R1b and R1a spread throughout much of Europe and West and South Asia. The offspring of these conquests became the next generation of Indo-European conquerors spreading their languages and culture, while also absorbing cultural features of the vanquished. The emergence of Hinduism in the Indian subcontinent is a good example of such syncretism. The polytheism of the Indo-Aryan invaders was merged with the meditative and Yogic practices already present in the Indus Valley (Harappan) civilization.
While the Indo-Aryans that invaded the Indian subcontinent and modern-day Iran were descended from the Sintashta culture, which itself was an offshoot of the Corded Ware culture (it is theorized that some Indo-Europeans entered central Europe from the Russian steppes and returned to the steppes, and from there spread to Asia), they were still at the time significantly more pigmented than the Nordicist’s idealized racial type with blond hair and blue eyes. As I pointed out before, the Indo-Aryans likely resembled modern Turks in their pigmentation, though the geneticist Razib Khan has asserted that he found blue eyes in a quarter of the Sintashta samples upon reviewing their genetic material. So, if Nordicists are to still call themselves “Aryan” in light of this genetic revelation, they might as well also embrace the pigmentation of their Southern European and Levantine neighbors as it more accurately reflects the skin tone of their mythologized ancestors. More than likely, Nordicists will increasingly abandon the term and see it simply as a byproduct of ignorance or scientific error predating the arrival of archaeogenetics.
But it’s not merely in the phenotype that the Indo-Aryans differed from modern-day Nordicists. These were warriors intent on plunder who, without regard for subracial differences or nuances, killed off the men of the tribes they invaded and bred with the women. Whether it was the big-boned hunter-gatherers of northern Europe, the slender farmers of southern and central Europe, or the even darker farmers of the Indian subcontinent, these men were eager to fuck and spread their genes come hell or high water. That modern Persians call themselves “Aryan” and even named their country as the “land of the Aryans” (Iran) underscores this point. Psychologically, they were anything but sheltered men yearning nostalgically for some concept of traditionalism or forced monogamy as we see with modern Nordicists. In having studied the Yamnaya people, I have come to realize just how un-Aryan I was when I embraced Nordicism. It’s somewhat embarrassing to me, but, again, some ignorance was justified given how little was known of the Proto-Indo-Europeans until recently.
Now that we know so much more about the spread of Indo-European languages and cultures, I think we should try as best as we can to glean the wisdom of these peoples. Rather than glorifying cultural or genetic insulation, as White Nationalists and Nordicists are prone to do, we should instead aim to be open to the wonders that await us when we explore other cultures and perspectives. These are peoples who, despite all of the obstacles they faced, rode their horses and chariots to the ends of the Earth in search of wealth and adventure. Had they remained in the steppes with the sole aim of preserving their women for themselves – and to preserve their genotype – modern Europe and the West might be speaking languages more similar to Basque or other non-Indo-European tongues. We wouldn’t even be alive today.