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Nicola_Canadian
Thursday, June 1st, 2006, 06:41 AM
I've read that Kazan Tatars are 85% Europid and 15% Mongoloid. Supposedely Crimean and Siberian Tatars are much more Asiatic in appearance.

Quite close to the truth... I guess that is because nobody is sure of the origin of Volga (Kazan) Tatars... Their language is Turkish but probably is not their original language... Many people think that Kazan Tatars were descendants of Volga Bulgars and then you can dispute as much as you want trying to figure out the racial type of Volga Bulgars themselves... Another thing, is that some of Volga Tatars converted to Christianity after the Kazan city was conquered by Russians... These tatars are called "Kriashens" (i.e. christianised) and so some of them could have been assimilated by Russians... So to conclude - The europid (or usually semi-europid look) of Volga Tatars can be explained by the original non-mongoloid look (that they could have had before Mongol invasion) and it is possible that some of them got european look because of the later assimilation of europids since Kazan fell...

Here are some pics of Volga Tatars (Thanx to Ross for the original pics...)-
http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i308/Nicola_Canadian/tat40kj.jpg

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i308/Nicola_Canadian/tat13eo.jpg

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i308/Nicola_Canadian/tat29ce.jpg

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i308/Nicola_Canadian/tat30bz.jpg


Some life examples of Volga Tatars -

Tennis player Marat Safin
http://www.terra.com/deportes/especiales/bellasybellos2003/img/328x200/marat-safin.jpg
http://www.bosnia.ba/admin/slike/sport/safin.jpg
http://images.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/_photos/2005-01-28-safin.jpg



Singer Alsu
http://www.agnifm.ru/aurora/58.jpghttp://www.myjane.ru/showimage.asp?type=1&id=1370
http://www.zvuki.ru/photo/b/14929/picture.jpg



President of Tatarstan Mintimer Shaimiev
http://img.lenta.ru/news/2005/12/21/old/picture.jpg
http://www.moltat.ru/f/th/3176-0-th.jpghttp://grani.ru/files/17209.jpg

These are quite typical Tatars - sort of swarthy guys with asiatic admix, but still Europeads... However, some "Tatars" and "Kriashens" may be even more depigmeted that you can't really tell that that they are Tatars...