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by Sergei V. Rjabchikov

The two Sindian-Etruscan Parallels are discovered.

1. The Circassian goddess Mezguashe is connected with the god thunderer (Mizhaev 1992). In her name I distinguish the word mez correlated with Sindian (Old Circassian) maza 'stone'. On the other hand, Etruscan term Masn 'Stone' is a designation of the god thunderer. So these names might have the common origin.

2. Sindian *sindu-, Old Indian sindhu- 'river' (Trubachev 1977: 22) compare with Etruscan santi 'water' (Nemirovsky 1983: 98). Interestingly, the name of the character Sindbad the Seaman of the Arab fairy-tales The Thousand and One Nights consists of the words sind and bad. I read the name Sindbad as Sind Bata 'A Sindian (merchant) from the town Bata (registered by the Greek geographer and historian Strabo)'. Actually, the Arabs contacted with the inhabitants - Russians and Meotes (Sindi) - of the mysterious Russian Principality Arsa (Tamatarha) in the 9th century. In my opinion, the stories about this merchant were reflected in the Arab fairy-tales.


Mizhaev M.I., 1992. Mezguashe. In: S.A. Tokarev (ed.) Mify narodov mira. Vol. 2. Moscow: Sovetskaya Entsiklopediya, p. 132.

Nemirovsky, A.I., 1983. Etruski: Ot mifa k istorii. Moscow: Nauka.

Trubachev, O.N., 1977. Lingvisticheskaya periferiya drevneyshego slavyanstva. Indoariytsy v Severnom Prichernomor'e. Voprosy yazykoznaniya, No 6: 13-31.

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Published 24 November 1999.

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