“These are the pathway of proto-Indo-European or P.I.E. language development. The Kurgan hypothesis suggests that P.I.E. first started in the Pontic-Caspian steppes here above the Black Sea. Alternatively, the Anatolian hypothesis suggests it started within our oral tradition origination area.  And this is why we believe the originators of the tradition may have spread their language, farming, and the oral traditions from Crimea to Anatolia. And most importantly, they may have started the first large-scale organized religion at Gobekli Tepe. This site may very well be where mankind first truly communed with God. Our object may have allowed them to communicate with God.”

Father Jean-Paul Sobiros, May 2021

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Who Were the Proto Indo Europeans And What Does It Matter Anyways?

What do Bengali, English, French, German, Hungarian, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish and Turkish all have in common?  They are linguistically derived from one common language hypothesized spoken by an Indo-European originating people.  This phenomenon was documented as early as the 16th century when Jesuit priest in Goa noted the similarities between the languages in India and Greek and Latin.

46% of the world’s population speaks an Indo- European language.  Another sign that the world has more commonalities than difference when you trace back culture and norms to ancient roots.

Were the Steppes North of the Black and Caspian Seas the Origin of the Proto-Indo-Europeans?

The Kurgan Hypothesis of 1956 proposes the Proto-Indo-Europeans arose from a nomadic group, the Yamna, in the steppes north of the Black and Caspian Seas as early as the 6th century BCE.   They were the earliest of the Kurgan (burial mound) cultures which lasted for two thousand years with offshoots spreading to the Danube valley and Anatolia.  Linguistic and genetic evidence best supports this hypothesis.

The spread of their culture and language is attributed to their use of horses and later the chariot with implication that their expansions may have been less than peaceful.

But did It All Start in Anatolia (Southern Turkey)?

Some experts believe these languages came from a Proto-Indo European people who lived in the Neolithic era.   The Anatolian Hypothesis of 1987 proposed that a Pre-Proto-Indo-European civilization arose in Anatolia as early as 8000 BCE with the origination of domestic agriculture.  A more peaceful population expansion spreading the knowledge of agriculture occurred over the next several thousand years.

Other experts refute this hypothesis pointing to tool development and linguistic evidence suggesting the Proto Indo Europeans existed thousands of years later than the Anatolian hypothesis.

The Matriarch Matrix – A tale that started with the tail of the bird star

The story of the Orzu and Nanshe, a trepid couple from 9600 BCE, the two hypotheses are blended.  Their ancestors come from lands somewhere north of the Black Sea, or the Big Lake as they knew it.  Chased by a monstrous warrior race, they flee from the woods and farming lands on the banks of the Big Lake across to the “Other Side” where Anatolia exists today.  They bring their rich language with them and teach this language to the people they meet.  For with richness of language comes the ability to find commonalities that can lead to peaceful co-existence.

 “Then comes the barter. Orzu and Nanshe have come to learn the language of the Other Siders. Their own language is richer and more descriptive, which helps them conceptualize how to negotiate win-wins, even in the Other Siders’ language. Orzu wants more than the normal amount of the black stones, which the Other Siders call obsidian. They offer twice the amount for half the shark. Nanshe sheds her perfect demure hostess mask and demands they tell her where this obsidian comes from as well as give them all the stones they have on the boat in exchange for two-thirds of the shark.

Reluctantly, they tell her and Orzu. The town that trades these stones is nearly a day’s sail from their location to the shore on their side, and another day’s sail along the coastline to the left. They come from a mountain further inland, about half a moon cycle by foot over three mountain ranges. One of the men draws a map on the floor of their boat. They conclude with Nanshe grinning at Orzu because she got them the best part of the deal. Once in their boat, the Other Siders hug each other, thinking that they got the best part of the deal.” 

 

 

And Just Where Did the Proto-Indo-Europeans Come From?
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