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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

(Second Edition) 

A 21st Century Look at the Origins of

Ancient Hungarians

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 a form of Sanskrit slang. Not evolving directly from Sanskrit but was the result of refugees fleeing to the Hindu Kush region and learning a new language before migrating north to Siberia.

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 duck 'kacsa' does not equal the word for duck in either Finnish or Estonian. Instead it corresponds to their words for water, 'kastella' and 'kastma'. By extending this conceptual adoption to Sanskrit we see that the Sanskrit word for water is 'kASTha'.

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 summaries 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 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.  A genetic marker identified in 2000 traces the journey of the Uralic speakers into Europe.  It proves the proto-Uralic languages did not originate in north Asia.  Combined with other DNA evidence it places the location of the Proto-Uralic language near the Hindu Kush.  The most influential language in the Hindu Kush has been Sanskrit so it must be considered as the possible proto-Uralic language.  


The third factor is the cultural evidence.  An overwhelming amount of cultural items of the 9th and 10th century are of Persian origin.  For example the szur worn by shepherds is little changed since the 9th century and is an adaptation of the Persian Kandy.  Another example is the Hungarian legend of the Turul that has almost an identical counterpart in Sanskrit, titled the Hawk.  The Sanskrit words for hawk and falcon are krura and kurala.  The 'k' sound is simply moved forward in the mouth to make the 't' sound,  kurala > turala.


Finally Sanskrit does in fact appear to be the proto-Uralic language.  Magyars and at a separate time the other Uralic speakers, arrived in the region of the Hindu Kush as refugees.  By remaining in groups instead of assimilating with the local population they adopted the local language of Sanskrit making the same phonological errors that we see children making when learning to speak.  Sounds are not gradually changed over time but entire groups of sounds are altered during adoption.  For example sounds are moved forward in the mouth, 'k' becomes 't'.  Dog in Sanskrit 'kukkura' becomes 'kutya' in Hungarian just as it became 'kutta' in Hindi.  Unstressed sounds are dropped like the final soft 'a' at the end of Sanskrit words.  'madura' becomes 'madar', 'sura' becomes sör, and 'ArAma' becomes 'öröm'.  Long Sanskrit words are reduced to only one or two syllables, 'viSTimin' becomes 'viz'.  And so forth.  By not assimilating with the local populations these errors are never corrected.


By having to learn Sanskrit the Magyars frequently adopted the conceptual meanings of words instead of direct word = word adoption.  For example the Hungarian word for father, 'apa' is the Sanskrit word that means to sow his seed, 'vApa'.  The emphasized 'A' sound causes the retention of the final 'a', just as it does in southern India where 'appa' is also the word for father.

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