Did the Sakyas Belong to the Aryan Race?

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Concerning Sakya’s ethnic origin, there are different opinions. Some hold the view that it was of the Mongolian race, and others, Aryan. But as far as the geography of that time is concerned, Kapilavatthu was located in a remote area and was a small stake (some believers it was a dependency of Kosala). It is less likely that its royal family was of the Aryan race. Besides, in Buddhist scriptures there is more than one reference to Sakyamuni having a golden purple body, thus providing further grounds for arguing that the Sakyas were not a white Aryan race. (From Essentials of Buddhism: Questions and Answers)