Monday, June 25, 2007

Location? Location? Connection?

Date Line June 25, 2007

As we can see by the blue areas on the above Haplogroup Map, Indo-Aryan culture is associated with Haplogroup R1a1. Before we go further, let’s consider a quote from “The Genetic or Mythical Ancestry of Descent Groups: Lessons from the Y-Chromosome” (Raphaelle Chaix, et al):

“Traditional societies are often organized into descent groups called “lineages,” “clans,” and “tribes.” Each of these descent groups claims to have a common ancestor, and this ancestry distinguishes the group’s members from the rest of the population.”

However, as observed in the tribal associations of Central Asia, “a tribe might be a conglomerate of clans who subsequently invented a mythical ancestor to strengthen group unity.”

Thus, an opinion based on science infers one which I expressed in a blog some months, possibly years, ago with regard to Jewish Tribes and the Moses legend which created a confederation of tribes. That opinion lead to speculation on the relationship between haplogroups R1a1 and J as Levite; and the possibility that the biblical story was telling us that Aaron and Moses were, at best, half-brothers.

We can see that speculative option as a diversion, and focus on the reality of history and yDNA congruence around the fact that Vedic Brahman and Ashkenazi Levites are both R1a1and J2.

Turning to our map, modified from that presented in “The Eurasian Heartland: A continental perspective on Y-chromosome diversity” (R. Spencer Wells, et al), shows R1a1as M17; M173 is parent to M17and yields the East European R1b.

Speculation, based upon occurrence of the R1a haplogroup, places its origins in southern and western Asia. My six marker haplotype appears in the Chenchu. This is an aboriginal tribe of southeastern India which holds a legend of descent from Shiva, and, with regard to temple privileges, is granted the rights accorded Brahman.


Given the cluster presented in our second illustration brings us no closer to the Levite question; thou it does allow us to preclude both the parent M173 R line and its other children from any immediate consideration.

Somehow the J and R1a1 came together. It would seem reasonable to assert this must have transpired during a period where the R1a1 exited India, or the eastern Aral Sea regions of Central Asia.

Critical is the consideration of R1a1 being lactose tolerant. While the consumption of dairy is common to the area of Anatolia, the high milk sugar content and nomadic connection associates them with the domestication of horses.

Herodotus places the domesticated horse on the Black Sea, and makes an additional connection to Amazon women and the males they joined with.

We can assume that an aboriginal tribe is ancient. Thus the joining, or integration, of an R1a1haplotype within its related haplogroup in to the genetic composition of the tribal group, is also ancient.

The question becomes one of when; from what source? And it is possibly more important to ask how a Cohen Modal Haplotype J2 also managed to appear among this aboriginal group?

J2 and R1a1 continually appear in tandem among peoples whose religious beliefs parallel those we know from western scripture.

Of interest is the apparent fact that the evolution of those scriptures can be timelined to the ancient past. If we start with agriculture and track east to the Indus valley for Vedic teaching as presented in the Rig Veda; and also utilize the geographical path of Abraham as our track southwest from Anatolia, we have a connection.

Did one form the religion of the other? If so, in the battle between Rig Veda and Genesis, certainly there is no dispute that Genesis is much younger.

But that comparison is complicated by the reality of Torah scripture being based on the Babylonian period; thus being written in an area that was in close proximity to the Indus Valley of the Rig Veda.

The Bible becomes a Rig Veda relocated to, or set against, Middle Eastern tribal genealogy and history with origins in the Levant of Anatolia. Again, lactose tolerance is a factor.

Raw Milk sugar from a horse is the strongest requiring clear lactose tolerance; from sheep to goats, the need for tolerance lessens. But Abraham drank cows milk and butter; dietary laws forbid cooking a calf in its mother’s milk; lactose tolerance follows the line Abraham begun and Moses knew to give laws to. Hum?

1 comment:

Mark said...

Somehow the J and R1a1 came together. It would seem reasonable to assert this must have transpired during a period where the R1a1 exited India, or the eastern Aral Sea regions of Central Asia.

What is more likely is that R1a1 passed into Ashkenazi Jews while they were living in Eastern Europe since the lineage is very common in Slavic populations.