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The Surprising Appearances of|
Sarmatians in World History
- In medieval times there were kingdoms, called White Serbia and White Croatia, located not in the
Balkan peninsula but in Bohemia and southeastern Germany. The signfificance of white
in Slavic languages for proper names such as White Russia is western. White
Serbia and White Croatia were kingdoms established by Sarmatians over Slavic populations.
The Sarmatian ruling class was eventually assimilated into the Slavic culture and some of
the Serbians and Croatian moved into the Balkans where their descendants now live. However not
all migrated. There are remnants of the Slavic White Serb population of eastern Germany still
there, known as Sorbs or Wends.
- Some the aristocratic families of Poland were founded by Sarmatians and the family crests
reflect this by the appearance of particular symbol, a sort of hash mark.
- The principal tribe of the Sarmatians in later history was the Alans. The Alans show up in
- The Roman Empire brought Alans into southern France to help control the Celts.
- Marco Polo wrote of finding a town of ten thousand Alans in South China in his journeys.
- One branch of the Alans took refuge in the Caucasus Mountains where they became known as
the Ossetes. Either the mother or the father Joseph (Stalin) Djugashvili was Ossetes, so Stalin was half Sarmatian
(and half Georgian).
- The Sarmatians adopted the dragon motif from the Han Empire of China. The image of the
dragon was brought to Britain when the Roman Emperor Marcus Aureleus sent 5500 Sarmatian
warriors to Britain to guard against the attacks by the Celts of northern Britain. This was
in the third century A.D. This may have been the source of the legends of King Arthur. Arthur's
father was Uther Pendragon. Pendragon means dragon head which came from the
image of a dragon's head which he carried on his shield. The altar in the Sarmatians' religion
seems to have been a sword embedded in a stone.
- (To be continued.)