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Arya - Aryan

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Arya. The term "arya" is used as a formal term of address, roughly equivalent to "my good sir," or "my lord." The root of the word means "noble."

ARYA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'Loyal, faithful.' The name of the immigrant race from which all that is Hindu originated. The name by which the people of the Rid-veda called men of their own stock and religion, in contradistinction to the Dasyus (or Dasa), a term by which we either understand hostile demons or the rude aboriginal tribes of Inda, who were An-aryas.


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