The Aryan Origin of the Indo-European Caste System

Aran Myth and Meta-History
June 18, 2014

Vedic India – Kshatriya – Noble/Warrior caste.

There is a mistaken belief amongst many racialists that European nations constitute racially homogenous units. This is a false understanding as racial anthropologists have been telling us for over 100 years that modern European nations, especially (but not just them) are most certainly not racially homogenous and consist of various sub races of the Europid type. Generally the further north you travel the greater the abundance and quality of the Nordic racial type. The Nordic racial type was originally the dominant type and the transmitter of Aryan culture and language.

“The evidence so obtained consistently indicates that the Indo-European people, or at least its upper class, was of the Nordic race.” (The Indo-Europeans, Professor Jean Haudry)

” At the same time the fact that the first Aryans were Nordics was not without importance. The physical qualities of that stock did enable them by the bare fact of superior strength to conquer even more advanced peoples and so to impose their language on areas from which their bodily type has almost completely vanished. That is the truth underlying the panegyrics of the Germanists: the Nordics’ superiority in physique fitted them to be the vehicles of a superior language.” (The Aryans. A Study of Indo-European Origins, V. Gordon Childe)

“The original speakers of Indo-European must have been Nordic. The archaeological evidence will not support the thesis that the Indo-European language stock had its origin in Northern Europe, although the dominant physical type there can be identified with that of early speakers of Indo-European. This leaves the Corded Ware culture of Upper Saxony and Thuringia to be associated with the original Indo-Europeans.

Caste was said to be instituted by God in all the different Aryan belief systems.

“The original population of the Italian Peninsula was mainly of the Mediterranean type, but the dominant type among the Italici was Nordic. Both Sieglin and Guenther have collected a vast amount of material from Roman sources, from literary and historical records, from Roman statuary and from personal names, showing clearly that the type of the ruling classes of the ancient Romans was Nordic. A great many well-known persons are described as blond. Blond hair was ascribed to the deities such as Amor, Apollo, Aurora, Bacchus, Ceres, Diana, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Minerva and Venus. Two hundred and fifty persons are known who bore the name of Flavius (blond) and there are many with names such as Rufus (red) and Rutilius (reddish).

“There can be no doubt that those who introduced an Indo-European language were basically of the Nordic type. Most of the gods and heroes of the Illiad and the Odyssey were blond; Athena was blue-eyed, Aphrodite was described as having golden-hair, Helen had silken blond hair, light-coloured eyes, a dazzling white skin. The Greek word irismeaning rainbow was used to describe the human eye. It would be very strange indeed if a dark-eyed people had made such a comparison.

“Many plastic representations from Roman sources have survived and these show quite clearly that the dominant Celtic characteristics were of the Nordic kind, even when allowance is made for idealization on the part of the artist.

“Skulls of Nordic type have been found in the burials of the royal families of the Hari and of the Mitanni. Indo-European names of rulers are common. This is also true of the Hittites.” (The Germanic People. Their Origin, Expansion & Culture, Francis Owen)

Celtic society – Druids – Priestly caste.

In those lands where the Aryan was the incoming conquerer the caste system often incorporated non-Aryan elements of the population into a separate and lowly caste. Amongst the Indo-Aryans the non-Aryan population were incorporated into a Sudra caste, although the Brahman, Ksatriya and Vaisya castes were already in existence prior to the invasion of India.

The caste system introduced by Rig in Germanic society was already corrupted from the aryan original for the third caste, the Thralls were obviously non-Aryan slaves that were incorporated into Germanic society. The Gallic and Irish peoples kept true to the Aryan original as their caste system included just priests (Druids), warrior-nobles and cow-herders. The Germanic Jarl caste incorporated both priests and warriors whilst originally these would have been regarded as separate. This is indicative of a prehistoric power struggle between the priestly and noble castes which continued right into modern times in the guise of the struggle between church and state. This would help to account for Caesar’s comment:

“The customs of the Germans are very different from those of the Gauls. They have no druids to preside over religious matters, nor do they concern themselves with sacrifices.”(The Gallic War, Book 6:21)

It is interesting that the term Aryan (original, Arya) is to be found in the Irish caste system, preserved in the term aire:

“The ceile was the producer, the basis of the entire society. Above them came the warriors and nobles, the flaith, often coming under the title of aire (noble), which is cognate with the Sanskrit word arya, freeman. Then came the professional class, originally the Druids.” (The Celts, Peter Berresford Ellis, 1998)

“For those who for whatever reason wish to resist the idea that the Celtic mythology and religion (as well as culture) is essentially based on Indo-European roots, it might be noted that the first element in the names Ire-land and Ira-n are the same linguistically, and both are related to the Arya-ns of India.” (The Book of Ogham, Edred Thorsson, 1992)

The High Priest of the 'Gaures'or Zoroastrians, the remants of the ancient fire worshippers of Persia, reciting from his ritual before the sacred fire. Date early 19th century.
Avestic Iran – Athravan – Master of the Fire/Priestly caste.

Some of the deities of the Irish and Gallic peoples contain the Er/Ar prefix in their names, eg Eremon and Ariomanus which are both cognate with Aryaman, Airyaman and Irmin, and also Eriu, the Goddess of the Aryans who physically embodies the land and sovereignity of Ireland/Eire.

Liberal and politically indoctrinated scholars today in the main would deny Indo-Europeans the right to designate themselves as Aryans but the evidence is there for all to see that to see that to say this term was only used by Indo-Aryans and Iranians is a downright lie.  J.B. Mallory and D.Q. Adams inThe Oxford Introduction To Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World state that the term `Aryan` or `Arya` derives from the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European[PIE] term h4eros orh4eryos which has the general meaning of “member of one`s own group” which in itself is almost an admission that it is an ethnic term.

The Hittite ara- means “member of one`s own group, peer, friend”. The Lycian arus means “citizens”, Old Irish aire “freeman”, the Avestan airya and the Sanskrit arya “faithful”.  Mallory and Adams state quite clearly  “The evidence suggests that the word was, at least initially, one that denoted one who belongs to the community in contrast to an outsider; a derivative of the word is found in the Hittite ara`[what is] fitting` and natta ara `not right`.

Vedic India
Braman-originally “man of formulation”-priestly caste
Ksatriya-originally “man of power”-noble/warrior caste
Vaisya-originally “village dweller” or “member of the band”-producer caste

Avestic Iran
Athravan-originally “master of the fire”-priestly caste
Rathaestar-originally “chariot warrior”-noble/warrior caste
Vastryo fsuyant-originally “cowherd shepherd”-producer caste

Ionian Greece
Hieropoioi-originally “sacrificers”-priestly caste
Phulakes-originally “guardians”-noble/warrior caste
Georgoi-originally “cultivators”-producer caste

Celtic Society
Druids (including Ovates and Bards)-priesly caste
Flaith-noble/warrior caste
Bo aire-“cow herds”-producer caste

Germanic Society
Jarls-noble/warrior caste
Karls-freemen/peasants/soldiers-producer caste

Celtic Society – Flaith – Noble/Warrior caste.

There appears to have been a certain amount of social mobility between the priestly and noble/warrior castes which the producer caste does not appear to have enjoyed. It was possible for those of the 3rd caste to rise to one of the other two but this was generally only recognised in the 3rd generation, in other words in the grandson of someone who had been elevated. (See page 42 of The Indo-Europeans, Professor Jean Haudry)

“Social mobility provides a useful criterion for distinguishing the functions or function-classes from the castes. Celtic society has three function-classes, as we have seen, but only two birth-classes or castes, since a Druid’s son may become a warrior and viceo-versa; in this way the caste-border separates the first two function-classes (the elite) from the third, whose position of inferiority is noted by Caesar.”

Professor Haudy is here referring to Caesar’s statement in Book 6.13 of his The Gallic War:

“In the whole of Gaul two types of men are counted as being of worth and distinction. The ordinary people are considered almost as slaves: they dare do nothing on their own account and are not called to counsels.

“Of the two types of men of distinction, however, the first is made up of the druids, and the other of the knights.” (Carolyn Hammond translation)

The apparent gulf between the warrior and priestly castes against the masses may be an indication that the priests and nobles were the true Arya, the incoming and conquering dominant Nordic race.

All successful historical Aryan societies were based around caste and inherited aptitude.