The Ossetes, numbering less than a million and living in one of the world’s most linguistically and culturally diverse regions, where they had intermingled with other groups for centuries, suddenly found that they could assert a heritage going back to the ancient Scythians, who dominated the vast Eurasian steppe for more than a millennium in ancient times, but also that others were making competing claims to that legacy as well.
Given centuries of shared existence, it is only natural that the Ossetes would have much in common with Georgians, Circassians and Chechens, despite their very different origins. Trying to untangle their mutual connections is hardly a straightforward project, and it has led to much bitterness and even bloodshed.
For more specialized information, please download our Webzine SILKROADIA VOL.2 NO.1, and read "Ossetian Genealogy: From Arya to Alan to Ir" written by Richard Foltz, a professor at the department of religions and cultures in Concordia University, Canada.
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