Bogatyr

Monday, 13 July 2020

Bogatyrs (1898) Painting by Viktor Mikhaylovich Vasnetsov. 
 
 
A bogatyr is a character in medieval East Slavic legends, akin to a Western European knight. 
 
I would here like to talk about the word Bogatyr and it’s origin…The official etymology says that this word was borrowed by Slavs „from a Turkic language, probably Khazar, ultimately from Old Turkic baɣatur‎ (hero)“…
 
But this Turkish word could in turn be a borrowing too…
 
The other day, I was looking for some info on Ultimogeniture, when I stumbled across this very interesting paper: 
 
 
The paper talks about the influence of the Bronze Age Central Asian and particularly Indo-Iranian cultures on Bronze Age China…And vice versa…It is a great read, showing throught linguistics how messed up and chaotic a place was the area of today’s China during the Bronze and Iron Age…
 
And in it the author claims that the Turkic word „baɣatur‎“ is itself a borrowing from Indo-Iranian „bagadar“ meaning „god given“…
 
The story starts with the Zhou people defeating Shang people and taking over China…Which happened in 1046 BC…
 
These Zhou guys, are a bit of a mystery…
 
They were described by their enemies as „western barbarians“. One of the main aspects of their religious practices was that „The gods don’t accept sacrifices from the people who are not of their own race…“ Which means that they saw themselves as different. They also introduced the concepts of Tian = heaven, sky as in Sky God, Tianzi = son of heaven as in Emperor being the Son of Sky God and Tianming = mandate of heaven, sky as in the Emperor being divinely appointed to rule by the Sky God…
 
They basically brought Heaven, Sky God worship, and the idea of the „Chosen people“ to China…
 
Who were these western barbarians? Well they were possibly Caucasoids or a mix of tribes with Caucasoid oligarchy, or…
 
Caucasoid figurines were found in 8th century BC Zhou palace.
 


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