The scientists have different opinions on what Slavs are. Some consider Slavs not an ethnic group, but a cultural and language one and sometimes it seems right. Other claim that early medieval Slavs had dissolved in other nations they had contact with. We would agree with it. Any contemporary Slavic nation is a “cocktail” and we would like to offer you a “recipe” showing original “ingredients”. Don’t take it seriously, and enjoy your cocktail.
- Russians: Slavs, Rus, Tartars, Finno-Ugrians
- Poles: Slavs, Scandinavians, Celts, Balts, maybe Thracians (Northern Karpaty)
- Ukrainians: Slavs, Tartars, Circassians, maybe Alans
- Belorussians: Slavs, Balts
- Czechs, Slovaks: Slavs, Germans, Celts
- Balkan Slavs (Slo, Ser, Cro, Mac, BiH, Mon.): Slavs, Thracians, Illyrians
- Bulgarians: Slavs, Thracians, Bulgarians from the contemporary Russia’s territory (the Volga river)
Now that is funny that Romanians and Hungarians have not less Slavic DNA than, say, Bulgarians. 30% of the Romanian language consists of the Slavic words. Mostly agricultural terminology and swearing (no wonder) and they are not borrowed ones. You can look at the map by yourself and see that it is truth. Especially concerning Moldovians (Slavic tribes Tivertsy and Ulichi).
Sure, they mixed with Dacians and Romans, but we can see that any Slavic nation is a mix. The difference is in language. If ancient Bulgarians wouldn’t use the Slavic language as their official one, today they wouldn’t be considered Slavs as well. And if ancient Romans would still use the Slavic language they would post “Proud Slav” posters at their FB pages now. There were Slavic settlements at the contemporary Romanian territory even in the medieval times. Some researchers believe that today’s Romanian territory can be the legendary Slavic proto-homeland.
There is also another version… about contemporary Hungary, which has the famous Balaton Lake. Originally, it was called Blateno jezero (White lake) in Slavic. So some scientists think the Pannonia region can be the Fatherland of all Slavs, although it’s the subject of another article. By the way, Hungarians were “magyarized” only in the 19th century. Anyway, Romanians and Hungarians can also be included in that list from the DNA, cultural and historical points of view.
Also there is Slavic DNA in many Germans (check my article on the Baltic Slavs) and Austrians due to mix with Czechs and Slovenes. Arnold Schwarzenegger is partially Slav. But boring Germans assimilated Slavic joy and laziness, so it’s very doubtful they are German speaking Slavs.
- Romanians: Slavs, Thracians, Romans
- Hungarians: Slavs, Ugrians (from today’s Russia), Cumans.
This is not the end! During their expansion, the early medieval Slavs founded colonies in England where the Baltic Slavs went with Dane Vikings. Also they had colonies in contemporary Netherlands (later assimilated by local population), in Greece (Greeks borrowed the vampire concept from the Slavic culture), Italy, and even in Africa! This world could belong to Slavs.