Celal Şengor, professor from Turkey, has struck another blow against the mythology of a predominantly Turkish admixture in the genome of Turkish citizens, especially from Anatolia.
Speaking of which on TVThe professor said that only 7% of the genes of the Anatolian peoples are from Central Asia, the homeland of the Turkic tribes.
The bigger surprise, however, is what came next.
“Relevant DNA research was done in Anatolia and it turned out that we are very Indo-European,” said the professor.
“Do not forget that we are the heirs of Byzantium,” continued the professor, adding: “And that is why there were many marriages in Ottoman times. That is why we are Muslim Rûm. “
Türklüğün küçük özeti budur fazla uzatmaya gerek yok. pic.twitter.com/MCASQeqY7A
– Vengê to, Dengê te (@ veng_deng_8) June 29, 2021
Rûm is a derivative of the term Rhomaioi-Ostroman (Ῥωμαῖοι) and is used in many Islamic countries to refer to Greeks.
Rûm is found in the pre-Islamic Namara inscription and later in the Koran (7th century).
Turkey calls its Greek minority Rûm, as they live in Constantinople, Tenedos and Imvros, and calls the Greeks within Greece as Yunani (Ionian).
In this way they distinguish the Greeks from Greece and the Greeks from Turkey.
In response to Şengor’s television segment, the Turkish-born professor Mehmet Efe Camanwho describes himself on Twitter as “Anatolian from Constantinople with roots in Crete and Paphlagonia” [on the Black Sea], “said:
“Professor Şengör says: ‘We are Romans’ because he cannot say that the Turkophones Anatolia of today are Islamized and linguistically assimilated Greeks. Turkish supremacist racism will collapse.
“I had the Central Asian gene at 8.2%. It is still above the number given by Professor Şengör and Murat Bardakçı.
“Joking aside, it is incomprehensible why the Turkish state has been teaching children the Turkish supremacist and racist myth of ‘mass migration from Central Asia to Anatolia’ in schools for 100 years.
“Why did the Turkish state want to hide that the Anatolian people had mostly Greco-Roman roots? What was the reason for this secret? Why were they afraid?
Bende Orta Asya Geni %8.2 çıktı. Yine de Prof. Şengör'ün ve Murat Bardakçının bahsettiği rakamın üzerinde. 🙃 Şaka bir yana, Türk devleti neden Türk-üstünlükçü ve ırkçı "Orta Asya'dan Anadolu'ya kitlesel göç" mitini çocuklara 100 yıldır okullarda okuttu, anlamak mümkün değil.
— Mehmet Efe Caman 🌈 (@MehmetEfe_Caman) June 30, 2021
“Why did they keep the Greek origin of the large Turkish-speaking masses who were Islamized and carefully concealed due to the linguistic assimilation?” The professor pondered.
It is worth remembering that the Turkish DNA Project, a misinformation portal known for posting genetic graphs and diagrams with no references or sources, expressed its frustration earlier this month with Ancestry.com, the world’s largest for-profit genealogy company brought.
The disinformation project challenged “All Turks boycott this company: Ancestry.”
“AncestryDNA attaches great importance to demonizing the Turkish people and delegitimizing their presence in Turkey instead of providing information about the genetic structure of the relevant population,” says a Twitter post that has since been deleted.
Ancestry.com pointed out that after the Ottoman conquest of Pontus on what is now Turkey’s southeastern Black Sea coast, “the Pontic Greeks adopted the Turkish language and culture and many converted to Islam in order to have better opportunities in Turkish society.”
Ancestry.com also highlighted that after the Second Russo-Turkish War (1828-29) there was another round of Turkification of the Pontic Greeks.
With the advent of genetic testing, more and more Turkish citizens and diaspora communities are discovering that they are, in fact, Turkified peoples who mostly refer to Greek.
More and more Turkish citizens are discovering that they are, in fact, not Turks.
It is for this reason that the role of the so-called Turkish DNA Project is to cast doubt on those who do genetic testing by legitimate companies like Ancestry.com and discover that they are indeed not Turks.
A famous case of a Turkish citizen who finds out he is Greek is Yannis Vasilis Yaylalı, born as Ibrahim Yaylalı.
Yannis was a former Turkish ultra-nationalist who took pride in his hostility towards Kurds and other indigenous peoples of Asia Minor.
However, he soon discovered that he was actually Greek, became a Christian, and then became a minority activist in Turkey, despite originally joining the Turkish army to kill them, as reported by The poornian weekly.
Uzay Bulut, a Turkish-born journalist, also responded to the Turkish DNA Project’s call to boycott Ancestry.com.
“Why are Turkish nationalists so afraid of the truth? Because if they face it, the lies they made up will be ruined, ”she said on Twitter.
“These lies increased the hatred that led them to commit so many crimes against Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Jews and others,” Bulut said.
“Then they will realize that by destroying these peoples they have actually destroyed their own ancestors and their cultural heritage,” said the journalist, adding: “The truth will set us all free and bring much-needed peace to the region.”
Then they will realize that by destroying these peoples they have actually destroyed their own ancestors and cultural heritage. The truth will set us all free and bring much-needed peace to the region.
– Uzay Bulut (@bulutuzay_) May 31, 2021
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