Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : question about my origin and my roots?

what is the difference between origin and roots?
My family comes from iraq, however we speak assyrian (this empire no longer exists), what would be my origin and what would be my roots any information online would be great if you want to back it up.

thanks in advance.

Answer by strech
ORIGIN-Origin means the beginning, starting-point, cause, or ultimate source, from which a thing is derived or generated.
Genealogy, origin of families.
The beginning of something.

ROOTS-Roots could be considered as Cultural Heritage (“national heritage” or just “heritage”) is the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations. Often though, what is considered cultural heritage by one generation may be rejected by the next generation, only to be revived by a succeeding generation.

Throughout its long history, Iraq has been the center of the Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Hellenistic, Parthian, Sassanid and Abbasid empires, and part of the Achaemenid, Roman, Rashidun, Umayyad, Mongol, Safavid, Afsharid, Ottoman and British empires.

Assyria was a kingdom centered on the Upper Tigris river, in Mesopotamia (Iraq), that came to rule regional empires a number of times through history. It was named for its original capital, the ancient city of Assur.
The term Assyria can also refer to the geographic region or heartland where these empires were centered. Their descendants still live in the region today, and they form part of the Christian minority in modern Iraq.
During the Old Assyrian period (20th to 15th centuries BC), Assur controlled much of Upper Mesopotamia and parts of Asia Minor. In the Middle Assyrian period (15th to 10th centuries BC), its influence waned and was subsequently regained in a series of conquests. The Neo-Assyrian Empire of the Early Iron Age (911 – 612 BC) expanded further, and under Ashurbanipal (668 – 627 BC) for a few decades controlled all of the Fertile Crescent, as well as Egypt, before succumbing to Neo-Babylonian and Median expansion, which were in turn conquered by the Persian Empire.

Answer by Tina
I think your question is very interesting and I learned a lot about Assyria in researching my answer. In my opinion, origin, roots, genealogy and family tree are synonyms for your ancestral line. The word roots became popular because of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Alex Haley (1976). There are many explanations of these terms on the following thread:

Assyria [general introduction]
Assyria (mât Aššur): ancient name for the northeastern part of modern Iraq situated on the east bank of the Tigris. It is also the name of one of the greatest empires of Antiquity. Assyria was overthrown in 612 BCE by the Babylonians.

Read more [it is very interesting]:

Brief History of Assyrians
Assyria is located in north Mesopotamia and spans four countries: In Syria it extends west to the Euphrates river; in Turkey it extends north to Harran, Edessa, Diyarbakir, and Lake Van; in Iran it extends east to Lake Urmi, and in Iraq it extends to about 100 miles south of Kirkuk. This is the Assyrian heartland, from which so much of the ancient Near East came to be controlled.

Two great rivers run through Assyria, the Tigris and the Euhprates, and many lesser ones, the most important of which being the Upper Zab and Lower Zab, both tributaries to the Tigris. Strategically surrounding the Tigris and the two Zabs are the Assyrian cities of Nineveh, Ashur, Arbel, Nimrod and Arrapkha.

To the north and east of Assyria lie the Taurus and Zagros mountains. To the west and south lies a great, low limestone plateau. At the southern end of Assyria the gravel plains give way to alluvium deposited by the Tigris, and farther south there is insufficient rainfall for agriculture without irrigation. These two features create a geogrpahical boundary between Assyria and the neighboring land to the south.

To the south of Baghdad lies Babylon. There is a stark geographical distinction between Babylonia and Assyria. To quote Saggs,

A journey in spring from Baghdad, the capital of modern Iraq and within the Area of Ancient Babylonia, to Mosul [Nineveh], which is near several old Assyrian capitals, takes the traveller into what is manifestly a different country. In the region of Baghdad and southwards the predominant vegetation is palm trees. . .The terrain is flat to the horizon, and for most of the year its sun-parched earth is arid and dead wherever irrigation ditches do not reach. Approaching Mosul [Nineveh] the traveller finds a striking change. The flat terrrain gives way to undulating plains, in spring green with pasturage or cereal crop and gay and scented with flowers and clover. The rolling plains are cut with wadis, aflow after spring rains, with higher ranges of hills on the horizon. The traveller has reached Assyria.[Might that was Assyria, page 5]

The Assyrian land is rich and fertile, with growing fields found in every region. Two large areas comprise the Assyrian breadbasket: the Arbel plain and the Nineveh plain. To this day these areas remain critical crop producers. This is from where Assyria derived her strength, as it could feed a large population of professionals and craftsman, which allowed it to expand and advance the art of civilization.

Racial Type
Assyrians are a Semitic peoples indigenous to Mesopotamia. They are Mediterranean Caucasoids, and are ethnically distinct from Arabs and Jews.

Assyrians have used two languages throughout their history: ancient Assyrian (Akkadian), and Modern Assyrian (neo-syriac). Akkadian was written with the cuneiform writing system, on clay tablets, and was in use from the beginning to about 750 B.C.. By 750 B.C., a new way of writing, on parchment, leather, or papyrus, was developed, and the people who brought this method of writing with them, the Arameans, would eventually see their language, Aramaic, supplant Ancient Assyrian because of the technological breakthrough in writing. Aramaic was made the second official language of the Assyrian empire in 752 B.C. Although Assyrians switched to Aramaic, it was not wholesale transplantation. The brand of Aramaic that Assyrians spoke was, and is, heavily infused with Akkadian words, so much so that scholars refer to it as Assyrian Aramaic.

Links for some material from previous post:

Answer by ImAssyrian
Hey, I’m Assyrian!

You can e-mail me questions you may have and I’ll try my best to answer them.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : When (if ever) have you felt real joy?

I just want to read what different things each of you may have experienced where you would describe having had real fulfilling joy. An example of mine is at Christmas time with family, opening presents and listening to the the Christmas music

Answer by Badger G
Every time I see my fiance.

Christmas dinner. Especially when my extended family come along as well.

The first time I met my dog. I’m darn sure she’s some sort of angel. *hehe*. (When her halo fits!)
I was so low that day, and wasn’t expecting my family to come home from the animal refuge with the dog that day.
She rushed towards me and jumped into my arms. She’s such a happy soul it was a joyful moment to meet her!

Answer by Bradley P
There have been a few moments, ok? Maybe a minute or two at a time, where if I blinked I missed it….

But this is what I remember:

–I remember being overjoyed the day I graduated from High School. Yeah, ages ago, and yeah, not the purest of joys….I had been tricked out of being allowed to go to the Prom, by most of the rest of the school, just because I was poor. And that really *was* unkind.

But I was glad to have it done. I was glad my grades held up and that I could move on with my life and actually *go to* college and get out from under my family for real.

–I remember spending a Spring Break in college, virtually alone on campus, in the video arcade myself spending about ten bucks a day *mastering* Virtua Fighter. Figuring it out *well ahead* of most of the other people there because well, the only information on the internet at the time was in untranslated Japanese. ^_^ I had fun figuring out the game, sure….

And I had *more fun* with the pwnage that ensued when the other students came back. These were the same folks who routinely spanked me on Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter games back in the day, so yeah…it was *wonderful* to have that 2-3 week period where *Nobody* could beat me.

Then someone hacked the Akira Stun Palm of Doom–which is a *Hard* freakin’ move in the first three VF games–and I went back to being The Scrub. o.o D’ohh….

–I remember being someone important, more recently…that I was part of a Steering Committe that had got the funds together, that had *got* the Community Drop-In Center off the ground.

I remember being happy that all of that had *worked*, and was overjoyed that we had such a cool house to work with, and that people in general *loved* what we were doing. ^__^

I was doing good for the community and my people *liked it*. ^_^

There were other, smaller moments. Really. A few in my childhood, a couple of more online, as a young man in my 20s and early 30s.

But in general, joy is a fleeting thing….people spot it and tend to swarm you, doing what they can to ruin it eventually. You know?

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : How often do Marines PCS?

My husband is 2 years into a 5 year contract. He has been stationed in 29 Palms as an 0311 (Rifleman) since SOI. How likely is it for us to get orders somewhere else before the end of this contract? I don’t really expect it, but I’ve been reading other people’s experiences online that they have PCS’d an average of every 2.5 years in their extended careers. He plans on reenlisting and I know he has the option to request to go somewhere else then, but of course I would love to leave 29 Stumps sooner than later

Answer by Marine

Average time on station is 3 years. This means that he can expect an overseas tour once he gets about 2 1/2 years on station. The only thing that would delay that is the current budget battle in Congress. The Marine Corps is tight on PCS dollars. Overseas tours are about the only thing that is guaranteed to be happen because the guys and gals overseas now are promised a trip home after a 12 month unaccompanied tour. This can change if the PCS dollars dry up. They would be extended for several months past their promised return date (needs of the Corps).

Where would he go overseas. Most likely Okinawa with the 3rd Division as a 0311. After that, he would likely re-enlist (your words) and get pretty much anywhere he wanted to go so long as there is a billet for him. He would likely be programmed for DI school or recruiter school if he is a senior Cpl or Sgt. He could also request the duty as a re-enlistment option.

My suggestion is that he request MSG school where he has a chance to be assigned to Embassy duty. You and he would love that duty unless it is in a muslim country. Europe and Asia are great tours. A SSgt who lived next to me was in Switzerland – he loved and married a Swiss girl. An officer I knew enjoyed his tour in Germany with his wife. They both loved it. Something to think about.

Lieutenant Colonel, U S Marine Corps-Retired.

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