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A lot of Assyrians are too proud of their roots, so they love proving that Chaldeans are really Assyrians.

Let me say, if you are Chaldean, more than likely, you are historically Catholic. The name came from the Catholic church back in the 15th century to break ties Chaldeans (babylonians at the time) from their previous ties identities to other groups. Chaldeans maintain full communion with the Pope in Rome today.

But the Assyrian population is not constrained by the Catholic religion. There are many different religious affiliations with the Assyrian identity, such as the Assyrian Church of the East, Assyrian Evangelical Church, and Assyrian Pentecostal Church, to name a few.

Assyrian Catholics and Chaldean Catholics are ancient people, and chaldeans, syriacs, and assyrians came from one people and then split off into 3 groups, but both groups have evolved, so for anyone to say we are the same people are extremely ignorant.



But let's say we are all Assyrian. Taking this information from the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA), 45% of Assyrians are Chaldeans (i.e. THE MAJORITY). The Assyrian identity proponents want a majority to change their name?

Finally, as a little anecdote, as my uncle/boss was reading the article (he is around 38 years old), he asked me "what is an Assyrian?" If that doesn't clearly illustrate to you why we shoud not change our name, then I don't know what will. If a man does not even know what an Assyrian is, how can we forge through the trenches and call him an Assyrian, something he knows nothing about?



Chaldeans can unite with Assyrians not through name change; it is completely unnecessary and irrelevant. When you say "Save Christians of Iraq" that encompasses all Christians, not just Chaldeans, Assyrians, and Syriacs. "Assyrian" is NOT a great unifier. Whoever decided to start this whole Assyrian campaign is an idiot. It is offensive, unintelligent, and based on hubris. It is the sole reason that there is a division today. I'm happy that Chaldeans aren't laying down and taking everything they are being spoon fed for face value. I am one of those THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of Chaldeans.


Chaldeans seperating from Assyrians is older from the Americans seperating from the English. Does that make Americans truly English? NO.


- H.S.
Ashur (assyrians): YOU'RE ALL ASSYRIAN! WE MUST SAVE THE ASSYRIAN NAME SO WE CAN GET OUR LAND AND SAVE OUR PEOPLE!

Brando (syriacs): Okay, let's call ourselves syrian and get the land

Sargon (assyrians): NEVER!

Yousif (chaldeans): Yeah, you tell 'em, Brando!
by swedennnnnnnnn September 04, 2008
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Modern Assyrians. The real native people of Iraq which stretches back to Babylonia and the Ancient Assyrian empire. DNA proven!

The Assyrian community are experiencing problems throughout the world, including the native land and even throughout history. These problems starts at the hands of religion; “ the sect of Christianity” or denomination within the same people (Assyrian). Leaders in these congregations in some Chaldean Catholic Churches and the Syriac Churches are lying to the people which causing the separation and conflict in which bring forth confusion. This is why they all fight over names as some say their not the same people. Sadly… Many of the church members take the word of their leaders like it is the word of God and will do anything the church leaders tell them and don't seemed to understand that (the church leaders) is wrong. The funny thing is, many of those greatest Assyrian nationalists have come out of the Syriac and Chaldean churches despite what the church leaders have tried to do.

Another problem is there no nation along with these invaders who steals the values that belong to the Assyrians who gone through genocides agian. The third problem, the Assyrian wont last long if they don’t start uniting and have the country of their own.


To correct this statement, “The most racially mixed people in the Middle East.”
That statement is false. Modern Assyrian people are not mix and I have study this for so long! Many Assyrians that look kind a White are not always 100% modern Assyrian, instead they are proud of their Assyrian root and take it as their official heritage. In fact, Assyrians are not racially White nor Armenoid. Assyrian are generally Semitic Middle Eastern, in which there race belong to “Syrid or Arabid” not the sub-Caucasoid group like Armenoid. Assyrian are mix to the native people of the past in the Middle East or maybe little mix to Egyptians as well but with the native land, even the Assyrian with red hair! For Example. The bible descried King David as a handsome dark skin young man with red hair. So dose that make him Irish? No! The Israelites are very strict to be married outside of their tribe because of their religion against the pagan idol worshipers (non-Jews). The most racially mixed people in the Middle East are Arabs, Kurds, and Turks.
Are you Puerto Rican?

No I'm Assyrian...

Oh I thought you are Puerto Rican.
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Dumbass! Assyrians are what the ancient Germans were called.
Germans are modern-day Assyrians.
by Legitimate Barbecue September 20, 2008
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I recently read Joyce Wiswell's piece entitled "Will - and should - Chaldeans and Assyrians unite?" and I firmly believe that the identity designation of "Chaldean" should not be used interchangeably with "Assyrian.”

Many Assyrians argue that the designation of the Chaldean name is religious, and not cultural. At first, when the Catholic Church gave the Assyrian Catholics the name “Chaldean” in 1553, we shared nearly identical traits in our culture with the other Assyrians. But we are currently living half a millennium after the fact. In those 500 years, Chaldeans have developed their own dialect, traditions, and ways. Our culture is directly correlated to our religion, Catholicism. This doesn’t mean that we cannot have a culture to supplement our strong religious values.

In Michigan alone, there are 120,000 Chaldeans. I would venture to guess that 80% refuse to denote themselves as Assyrians. There’s a reason for this choice; we are no longer the same people. Our parents didn’t just decide that we aren’t Assyrians out of thin air. We’ve acknowledged ourselves as Chaldeans for centuries, and we’ve embraced our culture. It’s ours, and we shouldn’t be willing to compromise it by assimilating into an Assyrian identity. In my 18th year as a Chaldean, I’ve been criticized for not calling myself Assyrian, which isn’t only an identity I don’t associate with, but also a name that will become the end to our culture.

Examine the consequences of Chaldeans accepting ancient relations and identifying themselves as Assyrians. Already, the forced assimilation has occurred in media. A prime example is of the recently martyred Father Ragheed Ganni of Iraq, who was mentioned as an Assyrian priest killed in an Assyrian Church, with no mention of his ties to the Chaldean Catholic Church. Our Chaldean villages, like Telkeppe and Alqosh, are designated as Assyrian villages on the user-edited Wikipedia, which millions of users use as a source of reliable information. Our name is being erased, and this systematic and carefully planned Assyrianization (as I call it), will prove to be the end of the Chaldeans. We'll be remembered historically as the Ancient Chaldeans, and that's if the history books of the future don’t decide to call us Catholic Assyrians.

Assyrianization is very similar to the Arabization process. The Arab name was forced on us in Iraq. We were forced to speak Arabic, and punished when we spoke our mother tongue. Indeed, history repeats itself, and this time, it’s more subtle. This approach is proving an end to our rich culture, just by simply identifying as an Assyrian. As I’ve already illustrated, there’s so much to a name; it is not just a name.

Hopefully, Assyrian groups will not insist an identity change from the Chaldeans. It is my hope that we can work together, without forcing an identity on anyone else, in order to help our suffering people of Iraq. We’re related to the Assyrians historically, but we’re no longer the same people. We’re simply Modern Assyrians and Modern Chaldeans. We’re different. And everyone should assess the consequences of this very important issue before a culture is erased.


-Hadeer
ashur (assyrians): i love assyria!

yousif (chaldeans): bro, assyria doesn't exist anymore
by swedennnnnnnnn September 04, 2008
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