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Verification of the hypothesis

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The modern inhabitants of the Hindukush, the Nuristani and Dards, preserve archaic Indo-Iranian features in language and culture. Indo-Iranian toponyms are found on the Middle Volga and the Urals. Due to the fact that Indo-Iranian toponyms of the pre-Scythian period have been found on the territory populated only by Fedorovo tribes, the hypothesis identifying the Fedorovo population as Ugrian that has been proposed by V. N. Chernetsov must be rejected, and the hypothesis of the Indo-Aryan attribution of Andronovans can be supported. The mythology of both the Iranian and Indian peoples preserves tales about their arrival from a legendary northern homeland, which have been analyzed. The analysis of art is one of the means of verifying the Indo-Iranian identity of the Andronovo culture. This chapter emphasizes mythological ideas, ritual practices, and social structures of the earliest Indians and Iranians.

Keywords: Andronovo culture; Fedorovo tribes; Indo-Iranian mythology; Middle Volga; Urals



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