The French writer Joseph Gobineau, the father of modem racist ideology, in his 1854 ‘Essay on the Inequality of Human Races’ wrote that ‘Everything great, fruitful and noble in the work of man on this earth springs from the great Aryan family’. He persuaded himself that the Aryans had spread to found the cultures of ancient Egypt, Rome, China and even Peru and chat ‘all civilisations derive from the white race’. (Jones, Steve (2000/1993) The Language of the Genes: Biology, History and the Evolutionary Future London: Flamingo, s 258).
Jeg har sant å si aldri hørt om fyren annet enn i denne boka. Men en fyr jeg har hørt om skal ha fått ideene sine herfra
Thor Heyerdahl‘s famous voyage across the Pacific in search of the founders of the civilisations of Polynesia can be traced back to Gobineau. They gave rise toa lang series of attempts to trace historical links among cultures (such as those of the Celts and the Incas) which share sun-worship, massive stone monuments, and mummies. All were supposed to descend from the Aryans, who were often equated with the ancient Egyptians. (ibid).
Jeg mener dette bare sto i ei fotnote i det eksemplaret jeg kjøpte på Akademika ca 1995:
One thing is clear: the inhabitants of the Pacific and those of South America have few genetic links. Thor Heyerdahl’s book of his intrepid voyage in a balsa raft across eight thousand miles of Pacific from Peru has sold twenty million copies, more than all other anthropology books put together. Unfortunately, his view chat to reconstruct the past it is necessary only to relive it is wrong. Population genetics has sunk the Kon-Tiki. (ibid, s. 197).
Så: Når får vi se folk med fakler og høygafler storme mot Bygdøy?