invisiblediamond wrote:My point that evades you is before Hindus were there there was a Vedic culture and PreVedic befor that. These tribes are all still around apparently. Much can be learned about the different stages of history of this region based on the relative primitive ness vs modernity of the tribe. Some dress more arctic, the Brokpa. Some are more warm, Pashtun. With the Brokpa you see feature that resemble every group, even from Caucasian to Native American. If you look into their songs you can see the elements that wee t to Persia and the elements that went to India, and the elements that went to Americas. It's fascinating.
What seems to evade you is that Zoroastrianism and Avesta are not pre-vedic.
Zoroastrianism originates from about 1000 BC, Vedic culture is much older, though only in oral form originally.
Persians and Indo-Aryans were related folks, speaking similar languages (sanskrit has much resemblance with avestic Persian, Avestic language is practically understandable if someone has studied sanskrit), though Vedic sanskrit is from a much older layer than Avestic Persian)
They were both culturally and genetically related but probably adversarial tribes.
This is shown by the names of gods in Avesta : ahura
, which corresponds to the asura
, demons in Vedic cultures.
Demaons in Avesta on their side were called daevo
(of the same origin as the word devil by the way), which corresponds to deva
in Vedic culture.
Following the motto "my enemy's god is the devil, my enemy's devil is my god"
So even if you find some other parallels between Persian and Indian cultures, it does not mean that the origin was from Persia.