Hyperboreans, white-eyed elves, and inhabitants of Atlantis are mythical peoples that astonished the minds of people in ancient times. However, reality always turns out to be better than fiction, and sometimes the ethnic groups that actually exist raise questions that scientists cannot find answers to. For example, how is it that 600 kilometers from the capital of Russia there are true pagans who, until now, continue to make sacrifices to ancient gods?
The Yeniches live in the countries of Central and Western Europe. They are often mistakenly called gypsies for leading a similar lifestyle. They move frequently (previously they did it in kibitkas, now in mobile homes) and, for a long time, their main occupations were commerce, music and metallurgy. However, genetically, they have nothing in common with the Roma.
Even today, scientists try to understand why Europeans suddenly began to lead a gypsy lifestyle. There is a version that this happened at the end of the 18th century. Possibly, the Yeniches are descendants of marginalized population groups (mainly German-speaking). But the same representatives of this population affirm that they come from the Helvetii, an ancient Celtic tribe that settled in the mountainous areas of Switzerland and fought with the Roman Empire.
The Basques are considered the most enigmatic people in Europe, and scientists still struggle to unravel the mystery of their origin. There is a version that says that these inhabitants of Spain are related to the Georgians. Some researchers believe that the Basque language has a common origin with Caucasian languages, but most scholars disagree. In addition, the inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula and the Caucasus mountain range have a similar rite of celestial burial, in which the body of the deceased is not buried, but is left in the open air.