Deep in the most remote and inaccessible mountains of Kurdistan the Kurdish Freedom Fighters of the HPG/PKK have discovered ancient places and artifacts, thought to be of Gordyene or Korduchoi origin, that have laid on the ground or in caves for thousands of years undiscovered. This is mind boggling! Especially as archaeologists are pointing to Kurdistan as one of the oldest civilisations known to man. Recent discoveries in Kurdistan (SE Turkey and N Syria), here reported in The Guardian, are older by thousands of years, of ancient discoveries in Egypt and Mesopotamia. Just browse through these extraordinary images, all taken by Kurdish Freedom Fighters of the HPG/PKK. The text is written by Ely Soane from the book To Mesopotamia and Kurdistan in Disguise published in 1912.
“The Persian legend has it that Kurds are descendants of those young men who were saved from the voracity of the serpents of the monster Zohak of the Persian mythology, which were fed upon human brains at the devil’s suggestion, and which were deceived by having the brains of goats substituted for those of the two youths who were to become the progenitors of the Kurdish race.”
“It is a long retrospect back to 1200 to 1500 years B.C., for it is there we are to see the kings of Nairi, who appear to be the forbears of those Medes who later gained renown, and again later, under the name of Kurd……..
Armenia, or Uratu, was tucked away north of all this, behind the mountains and Lake Van, upon its plateau, and the kings of Uratu are not to be confounded with the men of Nairi. Nor were the Nairi lands confined to the upper waters of the Great Zab, for the people between the Tigris headwaters and the Euphrates north of Mount Niphates, that is, in modern times, Kharput and Darsim, in Bitlis and the Taurus range, were mentioned by Tiglath–Pileser and his successors (1100 to 600 B.C.), as the Nairi; that same land that later harboured the invincible Gordyene, whose name appeared immediately after the disappearance of the name Mede at the middle of the Achaemenian dynasty of Persia (about 400 B.C.), and in reference to races inhabiting the lands of modern Kurdistan-which was Media.”
“And since that time it has been Kurdistan, home of wild races speaking a language the purity of whose ancient forms is one of the best proofs of the occupation by the Kurds of their great mountains ever since the Aryan horde started from its “land of the Dawn” to people Persia, Media, and part of Europe-of which we ourselves are the descendants, through the Saxons, and so kin to the Kurds, who has never mixed his blood with that of the Arab or Turk, but kept it as pure as his unmixed speech.”
“Assyria, that conquered its world, found in these people of the mountains a more difficult problem than any they had yet encountered. We are told that there is no reason to believe, although the Assyrians passed through the Zagros (the mountains par excellence of the Kurds) that they subdued any but the people immediately upon their route, a characteristic of Kurdistan and the attempts to invade it so like the tales of modern Persia and Turkey, that it might be the story of any of the sultans and shahs of the last two centuries…….
But Mede and Persian fell again; the Persians were subdued, and the Medes, deprived of the support of these their kinsmen, retired to their fastnesses and commenced the later period of the history of their race, under the name of Gordyene or Kurd.”
“Xenophon found them-his Karduk– to his cost, as all who read the “Retreat of the Ten Thousand” may learn, and he found them there in Anti-Taurus, or as we call it today, Hakkiarri, Central Kurdistan.
When it is remembered that this part of Western Asia has been subject to the most wholesale revolution, to invasions by the armies of every nation that ever acquired fame and name in the Eastern world’s history-Assyrian, Parthian, Greek, Roman, Persian, the Arabs under Muhammad, and the Mongols- the fine stability of the race stand out, for among all the people of these lands they, the Kurds, alone have withstood every army, and retained pure their language and blood, and claim with a pride of race to which none can grudge admiration, that they are the pure Aryan, the “holders of the hills and possessors of the tongue.”