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Reader Review -- "This book is written by a true enthusiast, even obsessive. Carefully researched, albeit mostly on Google, gives genuine new insights to the origins of the Hungarian language. I was convinced by the end, and in addition to the academic prowess, also enjoyed an interesting account of one man's journey into his own ethnic and linguistic origins."  - particle "57"

Magyar Origins

(Third Edition) 

A 21st Century Look at the

Indo-Aryan Origins of Ancient Hungarians 

and Other Uralic Speakers

Magyar Origins offers a reasonable hypothesis that Hungarian and its related languages of Finnish and Estonian are related to Sanskrit, working out a proposed linguistic law that affected how Sanskrit words were absorbed into Hungarian. A finely researched blend of genealogy and language studies, Magyar Origins presents a strong and well-reasoned case.
--Midwest Book Review

Magyar Origins (Hungarian Origins)

Do you think you know where Hungarians came from?

Odds are what you were told was based on myths or politics and almost no science. This book explores the roots behind these myths and how they originated.

Exploring both DNA and cultural evidence this book explores the possibility that Hungarian, and its related Uralic languages, evolved as an adopted form of Sanskrit. Not evolving directly from Sanskrit but was the result of language adoption similar to creole languages.

Evidence is presented to show that the Magyars were practicing a form of Vedic-Hinduism, the root of both Buddhism and Hinduism, when they arrived in Europe and were not Shamanistic as is commonly believed.

Core words that are not usually adopted between languages are shown to be the same between Hungarian and Sanskrit. Some examples include:

Bird: Hungarian 'madar' = Sanskrit 'madura'
Dung: Hungarian 'szar' = Sanskrit 'sAra'
Fist: Hungarian 'kéz' = Sanskrit 'kAzi'

More importantly the conceptual adoption of Sanskrit into the various Uralic languages is demonstrated as the primary driving force for word evolution. Words are not primarily adopted based on word = word but instead based on what the characteristics of the object are. For example the Hungarian word for sun 'nap' does not equate to a Sanskrit word for sun but rather equates to napAt 'path of the gods'.

Linguistic evidence is provided to show not just similarities between the languages of Hungarian and Sanskrit but the patterns followed when Hungarian words were adopted from Sanskrit.

The most common question asked by people who have not read the book yet is: “On what fact do you base your theory on Hungarian origins?”


Answer:  This question is fully answered in my book Magyar Origins.  Following is a very brief summary of what you can expect in the book but please keep in mind that I am attempting to summarize over 400 pages so important pieces will be missing.  Also, I wish to point out that my theory is only a portion of the book.  The book also looks at misconceptions people have about Hungarian origins by tracing the topics back to their primary sources.


In regards to my theory of Sanskrit being the proto-Uralic language there are multiple factors to consider.


First is the fact that Hungarian is a Uralic language.  All available linguistic evidence points to Hungarian being related to Finnish and Estonian.  What has never been properly identified is the proto or parent language for the Uralic languages.  A hypothetical origin of the Uralic languages being east of the Ural Mountains was proposed in the 19th century but it is important to note that this idea was hypothetical and no supporting evidence of a parent language has ever been found in that region.  This does not make the Uralic theory itself wrong, merely incomplete.


Second is the DNA evidence.  Hungarians are Central Asian in origin while the main body of Finno-Ugrians are the result of a migration out of China.  Recent genetic studies have shown that there was no common ancestor between the Hungarians and Mansi.  This pattern of multiple places of origin for Finno-Ugrian mirrors creole language formation and contradicts the long held linguistic position of a common origin.


The third factor is the archaeological evidence.  Recent re-examination of Indo-Iranian sites place their homeland in the Urals and not near South Asia as previously thought.  This means that Finno-Ugrians were living side by side with Indo-Aryan Sanskrit speakers for thousands of years before their migration south.


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