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Evolved
Thursday, October 23rd, 2003, 07:16 AM
Sunday, November 17, 2002


Among the pure-blooded Aryans
Hari Jaisingh

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An Aryan couple—Tsewang Namgyal and Namgyal Zangmo—in traditional Ladakhi dress (L) and a Drok-pa belle with distinct Aryan features

BEYOND the rich heritage of monasteries, the spirit of Buddhism, the captivating barren mountains of varied shades and hues, the crystal-clear skyline and the quiet flow of the Indus, one specific facet of Ladakh which has always fascinated me is the legendary inhabitation of pure-blooded Aryans in parts of the region.

The Aryans of Ladakh stand out as tall, (going up to 6'-6"), sharp-featured with big eyes and a fair complexion. They are very protective about themselves and are, understandably, reluctant to open up so easily to "outsiders".

A number of German visitors have been sneaking into the area for decades to study and do research on special racial and related characteristics of these original inhabitants. This small, racially and culturally homogeneous community can be a rich study material for scholars in the fields of ethnology and social anthropology.

However, at the back of the mind of several German tourists has been possible thrills that could flow from closely interacting with the pure-blooded people physically for a new-generation progeny. They hardly succeed in such attempts. Still, the lure of Ladakh's Aryans continues to attract a large number of Germans.

In his fascinating and well-researched book Hermit Kingdom: Ladakh (Vikas 1980), the famous mountaineer and an expert on the Himalayan region, Major H.P.S. Ahluwalia (he scaled Everest on May 29, 1965), describes how a group of German girls once travelled all the way to Ladakh in search of the "Aryan seed". He states:

"They came all the way to Ladakh hoping to carry back with them the seed of what is believed to be the purest survivors of the Aryan race. These sophisticated young ladies from the western world, incredibly enough, were not only willing to but eager to have sexual intercourse with these tribal males. I suspect the tribal males would have also been glad to have sex with these white blondes, bored as they perhaps might be of circulating with their own women-folk. But what the German girls probably did not know was when to come. They were unaware of the festival of fertility until they visited Ladakh. Whether the tribal women would have allowed their men to sleep with these foreigners will remain a question mark......"

I am told that some German visitors have succeeded in adopting about six children with the promise of bringing them up and giving them modern education in Europe.

A number of German scholars come here to do research on the life of the people and the dos and don’ts of their conservative society. The Aryans are not a large community. They number around 5,000 or so and are mainly confined to a cluster of seven villages located down the Indus, between Khalatse and the Shayok-Indus confluence. The inhabitants are known as Drok-pa, a Buddhist name. They have preserved their racial purity down the centuries.

Major Ahluwalia states that these Aryan tribals "do not have the Mongolian features so commonly present in this mountainous region. They are tall, well-built, with large eyes and sharp aquiline noses and full beard. The women are also extremely beautiful. The men, women and children wear heavy metallic earrings through holes pierced in their earlobes. Again, all, irrespective of sex and age, wear long pigtails and cover their heads with colourful caps decorated with wild flowers. Their clothes, made from home-spun wool sheared off from their sheep, are also colourful."

The Aryans zealously guard their traditions, though everything seems to be under strain in recent years. The old order is surely changing, though slowly. The new order is yet to take shape. The joint family system is still in vogue. The sex-ratio is well-balanced. But signs of changing times can be noticed with the opening of the place to visitors and the spread of education. Inter-caste marriages are rare, but they do take place because of new socio-economic compulsions.

There was a time when the Aryans used to worship the sun, the moon and water. Their cultural and religious practices are very much akin to the pre-Buddhist period animist religion known as Bon-chos.

They have, by and large, preserved their ancient traditions and ways of life, including folklore, songs and hymns. One of the folk-songs relates to an ibex-hunt. It may be recalled that the ibex is particularly sacred to them. Incidentally, the ibex is part of the Ladakh Scout emblem. Another folk-song recalls the Aryans' migration from Gilgit. In fact, their language is akin to the spoken language of Gilgit. From Gilgit, they settled in Dras.

One major component of the Aryans' rich tradition is the triennial Bona-la festival. This is a harvest-time celebration. Each person owns five to six kanals of land. Being agriculturalists, they grow two crops a year. Among the fruit varieties, apricots, apples, walnuts and grapes are grown. This crop-cum-fruit economy has made their life somewhat livable.

The Aryans are mostly Buddhists with some distinctive touches of Tibetan culture. The people I met were sore at the lack of educational facilities. The absence of schools in villages, they feel, has hampered their growth.

There is a shortage of teachers in Ladakh which comes in the district of Kargil. I understand that the teachers who come twice a week from Kargil teach only Urdu! One heartening development is the recent setting up of a Sainik School in the area.

The Aryans love singing. Their major festival is Loasar, which takes place some time between December and January, depending on the position of the stars. Interestingly, the birthday is celebrated once in a cycle of 12 years. And it is always a major community draw.

Marriages are generally arranged and are mostly confined to their known village circles. During festive occasions or at the time of marriages, the Aryans love to flaunt special flowers called Shuklo Mentog on their caps or chest. There is no dowry system. However, the bridegroom generally gives the girl silver ornaments and cattle.

I met a delightful Aryan couple—traditional, yet forward-looking: Tsewang Namgyal and his wife Namgyal Zangmo. Their marriage was solemnised in a court. Such practices are exceptions.

Namgyal is a highly talented person. Employed in the Ladakh Scouts, he sings and plays some instruments in the scintillating band of the Ladakh Scouts.



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The Ladakh Scouts band playing at the Leh Army officers' mess

Interestingly, Tsewang Namgyal has as many as eight albums of Ladakhi songs to his credit. It was a fabulous treat to listen to his Ladakhi and Hindi songs. Some other talented persons were equally at ease with English songs.

Looking back on his success story, Tsewang told me how he was picked up by a producer of Zee Music in Leh and taken to Mumbai for recording of his songs. He roughly makes Rs 30,000 per album. He prefers to write his own songs.

To my query on his source of inspiration, he says: "My inspiration is my wife." How truthful! A lovely Aryan belle can indeed launch a thousand poets!!

The popular drink is Chaang, made from grapes.


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I have said earlier in my first report on Leh, which appeared on the front page of The Tribune (October 27) that Ladakh is witnessing a silent social revolution. And the credit for this quiet success goes to the Indian Army, especially to the units which come under the banner of Ladakh Scouts.

The Scouts has a proud record in bagging several top gallantry awards. The officers are drawn from all parts of the country. The local youths are, however, the backbone of the Ladakh Scouts.

"They are outstanding and fighting fit. They can run fast on this high attitude terrain and give hell to armed intruders from across the border, if need be," Col. Amarjit Singh, Commandant of the Ladakh Scouts, told me here.

This was confirmed by Lt. Gen Ashok Hukku at Chandi Mandir near Chandigarh. He actually prompted me to visit Ladakh and see and understand the people and the terrain. My only regret is that I tried to pack everything in four days or so when the minimum of three days is required to get acclimatised. The journey from Chandigarh/Delhi to Ladakh over the snow-capped mountain ranges is itself quite an exhilarating experience.

Says youthful Alliance Air pilot Summant Mishra: "Leh is a unique destination, completely in harmony with nature. It is very appealing to the human quest for adventure. I certainly enjoy flying en route over the lovely mountains."

But more than nature, Ladakh is crying for special attention, not to thrust upon the people the evil of modern civilisation, but to modernise the people's outlook by ensuring infrastructural facilities, proper education and development which alone can give a better standard of living to the Ladakhis.

The life here need not be part of the broken strings. It can flow smoothly with caring attitudes and by opening up new avenues of development to the local citizens.

Well, I can only recall what William Wordsworth said about Daffodils: They flash upon my inward eye which is the bliss of solitude! (A typical Buddhist thought indeed!)

Evolved
Thursday, October 23rd, 2003, 08:01 AM
Drok-pa girl from Ladakh
http://www.ladakh-hotels.com/dokahd2.jpg

The Drok-pa of Tibet are predominantly Mongoloid (http://pro.corbis.com/images/watermark/67/10756868/KL001235.jpg), here are some Caucasoid Tibetan Drok-pa women:
http://www.culturalportraits.com/Photos/Drokpa%20Women-L.jpg

Drok-pa boy from India:

Loki
Thursday, October 23rd, 2003, 09:00 AM
They seem to be significantly Mongoloid in their phenotypical appearance. Far cry from a "pure race". :lol

Are these German girls crazy or what? Or merely completely ignorant of racial realities? These folk are not pure Aryans. They are a Europid-Mongolid hybrid population.

Loki
Thursday, October 23rd, 2003, 09:01 AM
These groups of blond German maidens can gladly pay me a visit for a sampling of pure, superior Aryan seed. ;) :D

goidelicwarrior
Thursday, October 23rd, 2003, 04:48 PM
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Sunday, November 17, 2002


Among the pure-blooded Aryans
Hari Jaisingh

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2002/20021117/spectrum/m1.jpg
An Aryan couple—Tsewang Namgyal and Namgyal Zangmo—in traditional Ladakhi dress (L) and a Drok-pa belle with distinct Aryan features

whats this ? aryans are commonly knows as Indo European ( white ) tribes that conquered all before them.. these are the ones they subjugated.. i thought that was obvious... ;)

RoundskullBoredguy
Friday, October 24th, 2003, 09:36 AM
"Pure?" Hah. :lol I'm not sure exactly how many people on Earth are of a "pure" racial type. What does it matter, anyway? Variations are the spice of our superior homo sapiens, they are.

Dr. Solar Wolff
Sunday, October 26th, 2003, 05:50 AM
To Reich's Germans, Aryan didn't always simply mean Nordic. Writers of those times went on and on trying to explain why southern German brunets were actually pure Aryans. Aryans were contrasted with Jews as if only two types of people lived inside Germany. Accoding to others, there was a psychic quality which pure Aryans had which is lacking in other races. Also, these latter people belived that the German aristocracy was the most pure blooded Aryan within the larger society. So, there are really four definitions of the word "Aryan". One is linguistic. One is Nordic. One means European lacking in Jewish ancestors. One is mystical.

Hitler had an assistant in the Bunker who was married to an India woman. To this assistant, Hitler referred to her as "your little monkey woman" in a playful way. If these girls got any "Aryan seed", I doubt if the fruit was well received in Germany.

android
Monday, November 28th, 2005, 01:26 AM
I don't think any German is a real Aryan , Aryans migrated to the east from the Caucasus.

nordic_canadian_male
Monday, November 28th, 2005, 02:08 AM
I don't think any German is a real Aryan , Aryans migrated to the east from the Caucasus.



No....that was a tribe called aryans who migrated, the word aryan means something else. The term Aryan usually refers to the battle-axe horsemen of the russian steppes. They migrated to europe, acting for the most part as conquering overlords. They gave europeans their 'aryan' speech and were believed to have been nordic in race, or atleast fair and of a slightly different nordic type than classical nw european nordics.

Wjatscheslaw
Monday, November 28th, 2005, 02:46 AM
Mongols already became "pure Aryan's" ?? Huh :suspect :evil (:D )

android
Monday, November 28th, 2005, 03:22 AM
No....that was a tribe called aryans who migrated, the word aryan means something else. The term Aryan usually refers to the battle-axe horsemen of the russian steppes. They migrated to europe, acting for the most part as conquering overlords. They gave europeans their 'aryan' speech and were believed to have been nordic in race, or atleast fair and of a slightly different nordic type than classical nw european nordics.

Nope, these never called themselves Aryan...real Arya's never migrated to Northern Europe...we are talking about the tribes that used to call themselves Arya(n) not races that were called Aryan after that..just like Hitler called blonde people Aryan and racialists before him this is not correct.

Indo-European is not the same thing like Aryan

Dr. Solar Wolff
Monday, November 28th, 2005, 05:36 AM
Nope, these never called themselves Aryan...real Arya's never migrated to Northern Europe...we are talking about the tribes that used to call themselves Arya(n) not races that were called Aryan after that..just like Hitler called blonde people Aryan and racialists before him this is not correct.

Indo-European is not the same thing like Aryan

They did call themselves something akin to this name Aryan. The words "Iran" and "Ireland" are both varients of this word and demonstrates the range of the idea behind it in terms of geography. Are not the Asir gods associated with the Aryan people? Helene Blavatsky popularized this name and others picked up on it, each adding or subtracting a little here and there.

android
Monday, November 28th, 2005, 05:21 PM
They did call themselves something akin to this name Aryan. The words "Iran" and "Ireland" are both varients of this word and demonstrates the range of the idea behind it in terms of geography. Are not the Asir gods associated with the Aryan people? Helene Blavatsky popularized this name and others picked up on it, each adding or subtracting a little here and there.
Iran is in the east remember, Iran derives from Aryanam, the Aryan name of India (Bharata) is Aryavarta.
But there is no real proof Ireland is an aryan name for the country , others think it's about the Iron culture that excisted there...no real proof is there.

Arya is a stolen title it belongs to Sanskrit and the Hindus aswell as the Persians.
If Mediterannean people use this title it could be realistic..because Sanskrit is realted to Old Greek and Roman.
But Nordics aren't really Aryan.

android
Monday, November 28th, 2005, 06:11 PM
http://www.erosentertainment.com/erospromos/erosindia/news/newsimages/image_b/13884-66-b.jpg

now here's an example of upper caste Indians

android
Wednesday, November 30th, 2005, 03:55 AM
I know upper caste Indians look down upon (northern) Europe for 'stealing' the names of Arya and Svastika...

During the golden ages in India (after the Aryan invasions) it flourished and got very rich, not only in wealth but also in science(they invented the decimal system for instance) and art and philosophy. In those times the Indians felt superior to other nations. The Hindus had a great civilisation comparable to that of the ancient Egyptians or the Greeks.