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The genesis of the dards and nuristani

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The Dards and Nuristani form the third group of the Indo-Iranian peoples. Their languages conserve many relict traits which demonstrate their relationship with the Iranian languages on the one hand and the Indo-Aryan languages on the other. Taking into account the archaic common Indo-Iranian features of their mythology, the Dards and Nuristani could be believed to have migrated to India before the Vedic Aryans came there. It was a separate wave. This hypothesis is corroborated by the fact that the he-goat and a female divinity were worshiped of which there is no mention in the Vedas. The complex of the cited data allows the conclusion that the ancestors of the Dards and Nuristani came from the Andronovan steppes. Their route lay through Northern Bactria. They formed a separate group different from the Vedic Aryans.

Keywords: Andronovan steppes; Dards; Indo-Iranian peoples; northern bactria; Nuristani; Vedic Aryans



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