mrzurnaci said:actually yes but do they match the definition of being Assyrian? Do they have any Mesopotamia ancestry?
They do speak Syriac which is Mesopotamian Aramaic BUT only in prayer. Maronites use Western Neo-Aramaic for regular language besides Arabic.
Do they regard their history as being part of Assyria or Mesopotamia?
SonOfAssyria said:What I'm wondering about is why many Assyrians like to pretended that Maronites are Assyrians. Also, by Western Neo-Aramaic do you mean Turoyo or the language that the Maloulaan Aramaic speakers speak?
mrzurnaci said:There's two major branches of Aramaic.
Western (Levantine) and Eastern (Mesopotamian).
All Assyrians, including Suryoyo, speak Syriac or a dialect of Syriac which is Mesopotamian Aramaic.
Ma'aloula and the other Aramaic villages there use Levantine Aramaic which we can't understand because it's too different unless we specifically learn about it.
This is the #1 argument as to why Suryoyo are not really Aramean. Turoyo is a dialect of Syriac so it's part of Mesopotamian Aramaic.
You can't deny that we do have a sort of closeness with Maronites since they use Syriac in prayer and they've experienced a lot of the hardships we have.
Bronit Omta said:I've heard this before. However, where is the link between Mar Maron being Assyrian? I haven't seen a source yet.
I'm STILL not sure what Aramaens are despite browsing this place for years now. Aren't they just the Aramaic speakers in Sadad and Ma'loula?mrzurnaci said:Wiki says Maron was born in syria but it's unknown whether he was born in the Assyrian portion or the Aramean portion.
Etain said:I'm STILL not sure what Aramaens are despite browsing this place for years now. Aren't they just the Aramaic speakers in Sadad and Ma'loula?