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DOI:  https://doi.org/10.21104/CL.2023.4.04

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Medieval and early modern accounts of ethnicity and ethnic genealogy drew on Old Testament, ancient, and Nordic sources. Given the nature of genealogical speculations as narratives that combined a rationalist approach with reference to a particular religious or mythological tradition and political or patriotic aspirations, they can be seen as examples of political myth in Hans Blumenberg’s sense, and the permanent reinterpretation of their narrative core can be understood as “working on myth”. The creative efforts of the authors of genealogical speculations, emphasizing the role and merits of imaginary Trojans, Goths, Sarmatians, Franks, Germans, Hyperboreans, or Celts, can be compared to the process of cultural hybridization. The hypothetical Aryans who emerged from the interaction between British colonial administration and Hindu tradition were better suited to the needs of modern times than the Scythians.

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Political myth; cultural hybridity; Scythians; Aryans; Hans Blumenberg; John Pinkerton; William Jones

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