Sunday, June 23, 2013

calling back the genetics: Moorish of Spain and Malagasy of Madagascar

According to Professor Dwight Reynolds, 
"perhaps the most shocking thing in the expulsion is they were not actually expelling Arabs nor were they expelling Berbers. The huge majority of the people that were being expelled, by blood, by DNA if you will, were as Iberian as their Christian cousins in the North who were kicking them out of Peninsula".
In 2006, a proposal was made to return Spanish citizenship to the descendants of the Moriscos as an apology and acknowledgement of mistakes from the Inquisitional persecution, forced relocations, and exile. The proposal has not yet been materialized, in part due to the difficulty in safely identifying Morisco ancestry.

In 1951 Otto Christian Dahl demonstrated the close affinity of Malagasy to the Ma'anyan language in SE Kalimantan (the Indonesian part of Borneo). Thus the ancestors of the Malagasy must have migrated from Kalimantan to Madagascar. Dahl substantiates, from linguistic, cultural and historical evidence, why, how and when this migration took place. The actual time of the migration is determined by means of an inscription, partly in old Ma'anyan, found on Bangka and dated AD 686, and the Sanskrit loanwords in Malagasy, which were most likely borrowed from the Srivijaya society at that time. This dating has been further corroborated by archaeological findings of human traces in Madagascar from around AD 700. Still earlier voyages across the Indian Ocean are also discussed. In Madagascar the Ma'anyan merged with a Bantu substratum which has had a great influence on the later development of the Malagasy language.

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