Monday, March 26, 2007

A Haplogroup link

Date Line March 26, 2007

To reiterate connections;
The Ashkenazi are composed of various haplotypes which can be classified as fifty-two (52%) percent R1a1; ten (10%) percent G; a percentage representing Aaron’s hereditary priesthood through the CMH classification; and the J, or Middle Eastern, haplogroup.

The name Ashkenazi refers to the territory of Ashkenaz, which we also know as Soviet Georgian or Georgian, and in the period of Greek history and mythology was identified with the kingdom of Colchis.

The territory to the immediate north, known as the Russian Steppes, was the home of the Scythian, or Kurgan, cultures. To the south and east we have the Brahmin culture associated with the Rig Veda and Indo-European – who, in turn, are also associated with the Scythian.

As we track people, deities, and language groups, certain specifics appear to be constant. The most notable is the existence of a trading culture dominated by one haplogroup – the R1a.

We can even find them within Biblical reference – which also asserts, by necessary inference, their existence in the Byblos area as far back as 1300 BCE. This identification and inference is, of course, the division of tribal territories and a tribal connection mandate which specifically designates a mercantile tribe.

Our area of focus is the territory of Canaan – between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean – which the tribal assignment shows is associated with the scholars of Zebulun and the merchants of the tribe of Issachar.

Deborah’s song (Judg. 5:14) associated writing with the scholars of Zebulun: "Out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer." We know that the Hebrew language is a branch of the Phoenician, and so associated with the Canaanite territory.

Of importance is that we are told Zebulun, a Tribe of Numbered at Sinai (Num 1:31) and before entering Canaan (Num 26:27), is one of the tribes which did not drive out the Canaanites, but only made them tributary (Jdg 1:30).

From the biblical, we therefore are told to seek a genetic admix and cultural overlay within the Canaanites.

The Tribe of Issachar was assigned the role of funding, or supporting, the Zebulun scholars; we can therefore expect that there would be at least two genetic components in the Judaic peoples of this region. It is also of note that these people were subject to a diaspora in 722 BCE – one which brought them to the Caucasus Mountains.

If the mercantile class (tribe) were the R1a and the scholars the J, we would have an Ashkenazi match. That the merchants were R1a is consistent with that haplogroup appearing wherever a Jewish trade settlement appears along the Silk and Amber Roads.

The R1a is also the group which we can consider dominant. In India they would be the Brahmin – the leaders. This is consistent with the economic and cultural power which is exerted by merchant classes around the world and in every time period.

In modern terms, the R1a would be the Corporate owners; the local populations – more numerous – their employees, or tributaries. Thus, when we seek to identify the true Phoenician, or rulers, we can easily be mislead into believing that they were indigenous.

Cultures which share artefacts – no mater how stylistically varied – based upon common technologies are related by those technologies. It is the communication of the technology which defines the external class, population, or root culture.

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