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  • Barbara Nostrand
    Noble Cousins! Well, if you insist upon getting into nihonron, there are all sorts of wild theories about the Japanese and the Japanese language. One of them
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      Noble Cousins!

      Well, if you insist upon getting into nihonron, there are all sorts
      of wild theories about the Japanese and the Japanese language. One
      of them holds that Japanese is descended from Sanskrit. One theory
      which was sort of popular in the 80's was that the Japanese or at
      least one particular priestly group were descended from the ancient
      Israelites. This notion was supported by comparisons between shofar
      and conch shell horns, a distinctive hat worn on mid-forhead by
      this particular group in Japan, &c. Basically, it is a crackpot
      theory. Linguistically, Japanese is Ural-Altaic and Hebrew is
      Semetic. Further, there are pleanty of other sources for cultural
      similartities including such things as the Persians and earlier
      on the Sumerians. There are fairly reliable attestations to
      contact between Japan and the Persian Gulf in early imperial
      Japan. Basically, stuff spreads out from the middle east.
      (So what else is new?) One of the persistent features of nihonron
      is not just this business of being monogenetic and oh-so-special,
      but also a frequent insistence that Japan had to have been in on
      lots of famous activity. For example, there are folks who speculate
      that the Polo's visited Japan.

      Your Humble Servant
      Solveig Throndardottir
      Amateur Scholar

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