Mar 062012

From the 1971 English translation of Zarevand’s Miatzyal yev angach Turania gam intch gu dzrarken Turkeru (United and independent Turania: Aims and designs of the Turks) (1926):

Typical and quite revealing is the bragging of a Magyar who considers himself a ‘Turanian’ (meaning Ural-Altaic) kinsman of the Turks. In the course of an interview he tells an author in 1919 in Buda-Pest: “All these subject nationalities, Serbs, Slovaks, Rumanians, whom the Supreme Council (of the Paris Peace Conference) is cutting off from our body politic, must inevitably return (to us), for they are naturally subordinate, and we are naturally the masters. But you can’t be expected to understand that, for you are Indo-European, Aryan, and we are Turanians”.

From a more unexpected place — the liner notes for the komuz piece “Attila Khan”, Track 8 in the Smithsonian Folkways album Tengir-Too: Mountain music of Kyrgyztan:

“I dedicate this küü to the honor of the great Attila Khan. The melody represents a spiritual connection to those times. The Turks are one people, and the Mongols and Huns were our ancestors.” — Nurak Abdrakhmanov (b. 1947), composer and performer

Possibly some Meskhetians and Uzbeks feel differently.

  One Response to “Pan-Turanism in two declarations”

  1. Interesting digging..

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