Once I found out my dad’s DNA was of J2 Haplo group, I started to search for possible routes my ancestors may have taken to get from the middle east to England. I firmly believe we all descend from one man, Noah, and that he in turn descends from Adam. Why do I believe this? Well, because the Bible says this is the case (Genesis 1-11). Modern man has decided that he’s way too smart to believe such fairy tales, but if one is objective enough to look at the evidences of these stories they may be surprised. Universally, man has a common tradition that our great-grandfather (fill in the blank with the name which matches the particular people/culture) was rescued from a great flood, and there were 8 survivors from which one of them they descend. Most people groups have their own mythology involving a god who started their tribe. The god’s name is derived from the name of the first individual who began the clan. There are many oral traditions about the flood around the world. For example, when David Thompson, explorer for the Hudson Bay Company, traveled to the area where he found the Columbia River, he found many native Indian tribes there as well. They shared with him that their ancestor was caught in a flood and the Great Spirit put the rainbow in the sky as a Mark of Life to promise not to flood the earth again. David told them ‘we’ had that same story. This is recorded in David Thompsons journal.
Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. Japheth populated the north mostly, Shem the west of Asia and Ham the south areas. My interest for my DNA study is the Japhetic line. He is the father of all the European nations. His name lives on in Greek and Roman mythology as Jupiter/Zeus and Iapetes and in India as Iyapeti or Pra-Japati. Japheth had 7 sons: Gomer who populated, first, the area of Galatia in middle Turkey and further to France formerly known as Gaul; Magog, who went north and populated Scandinavia and Russia; Javan, who became the seafaring people in Greece, Cyprus and Crete; Medai, who populated northern Iran; Tubal, who fathered the Bulgarians, Hungarians, Albanians, Romanians, and others; Meshech, from which Moscow takes its name; and Tiras who became the Thracians and possibly the Etruscans of Italy.
Further, Gomers three sons are listed as: Ashkenaz, who populated the area of Armenia first and then went to Europe where they populated Germany (German Jews call themselves Ashkenazi Jews); Riphath, who populated areas of Turkey and then Czechoslovakia and Romania; and last Togarmah, for whom there is quite an abundance of tradition among his descendants largely in Turkey and Armenia. Then, the sons of Javan: Elishah, for which the Greek translation is Hellas and his descendants settled in Greece; Tarshish, who settled in Spain; Kittim, who fathered the people of Cyprus; and Dodanium who settled Rhodes and the Dardanelles.
The man I’m interested in is Togarmah, the father of the Turks, Armenians, Georgians, people of Dagestan, Azerbijanis, the Iberians, and the people of the Caucasus including the Chechens and Ingush. The J2 haplo group is mainly concentrated in these areas with highest concentrations in the Ingush and Chechens.
Togarmah had several sons who settled between the Black and Caspian Seas. The Armenians say that their ancestor is the first son of Togarmah: Haik for which their native land is named Hyak. The second son is Kartlos, the father of the Georgians. Lakos is the father of the Lek tribes of Dagestan and Azerbijan. Hereti is the father of the Georgians and Albanians. Caucasus was the father of the Chechens and the Ingush and Egros was the father of the Iberians.
The Armenians are known for their skill in breeding horses. They were known for the use of horses in battle as were the Mongols and the Huns who occupied vast lands across north Asia and Europe.
Then we have the Spanish and their relationship with the horse, from which the whole American horse culture descends. The name of the Spanish peninsula is Iberia. Where does this ancient name come from? Above we see that Togarmah had a son Egros who is reported to be the father of a people called the Ibers living in the area of Eastern Turkey. At least some of these people obviously migrated to the Spanish peninsula and perhaps took their horses with them. Of course horse culture in Spain was heavily influenced by the Arabs who are well-known for their beautiful horse breeds.
We know that the Spanish brought the horse to the Americas and the cowboy was birthed out of the Mexican Vaqueros.
As the horse population grew it became popular with the Native Indians. This is where my dads story comes in.
My dad rode horses growing up and he and his friends used to go over to the Indian Reserve and rustle wild horses. Don’t tell anyone. Here’s a picture of him on one of the wild horses he caught.
So that’s my theory about my ancestors and their connection with horses. It’s fun to wonder about anyway.
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