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Old June 30th, 2013, 01:03 AM   #1
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Attila the Hun Possible Xiongnu decendant? + Was he white or asian?


There is a theory that the Huns were descendants of the Xiongnu from Central/East Asia. In fact many propose that Attila the Hun was a descendant from the Western Xiongnu. Any confirmation on that?

Plus Priscus described Attila as short, stocky, big head, small eyes, flat nose & a thin beard. Could it be true?
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There is a theory that the Huns were descendants of the Xiongnu from Central/East Asia. In fact many propose that Attila the Hun was a descendant from the Western Xiongnu. Any confirmation on that?

Plus Priscus described Attila as short, stocky, big head, small eyes, flat nose & a thin beard. Could it be true?
I'd say like most Steppe peoples, he was an Asiatic looking guy. I've also heard the Xiongu theory. This picture is just an artist's speculation, but, I would imagine he looked more like this than he looked like Gerard Butler.

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I'd say like most Steppe peoples, he was an Asiatic looking guy. I've also heard the Xiongu theory. This picture is just an artist's speculation, but, I would imagine he looked more like this than he looked like Gerard Butler.

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I agree with you. Yeah I believe the Hun empire were descendants of the Western Xiongnu.
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The Western Xiong Nu might have lived in Eastern Europe a good century or so before Attila, likely intermarrying with Eastern European gentility. While Attila himself was born in Eastern Europe, easily to an Eastern European mother.
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Steppe peoples have long been a mixture with descriptions of light eyes and hair fairly common- even today from Afghanistan to Sibera to Crimea there are people with light/dark features mixed and someone with Asian shaped eyes with blue color.

The Huns were also frequently adopting other tribes into their confederation to make it stronger and probably not all those tribes were Asiatic looking as Goths and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernyakhov_culture weren't that far from era of the Huns who were relatively well familiar with Rome and the nearby tribes.
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The Scythians, Cymmerians and Sarmatians all had Europoid and Asiatic branches, and they and their offspring spread north, south, west and east. Both the Goths and the Huns, indeed, could have reasonably laid claim to some degree of ancestry from any of those peoples.
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