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TURKS & UYGURS - PART I
The Turkish website said proudly that their ancestors comprised of Huns and the White Huns, and the Uygur nationalists had further provided two lineages of eastern and western Hunnic kings to support their claim of Hunnic heritage, in direct competition with the Mongols who celebrated the 2000th anniversary of first Hunnic empire in 1991. The Turks are a group of group no secondary to the Huns, and their influence would be felt in Ottoman Empire's conquest of the Byzantium and the Balkans as well as waves of raids into the Indus Valley. Their history had been full of extraordinary events like slaves turning into rulers. Their linguistic flavor found entries in Finno-Ugric language. They pushed Islam to its apex. It is too broad a topic for me to cover them all in here.
In this section, I will concentrate on the Turkic origin and influence in China and Mongolia during their early developments. Turks had impacted the Chinese more than the Huns. During the Tang Dynasty, Pogu Huai'eng, an Uygur, had obtained a post as a general in the court. After the fall of Tang Dynasty (AD 619-907), three dynasties among the Five Dynasties of northern China, i.e., Posterior Tang 923-936, Posterior Jin 936-946, Posterior Han 947-950, were ruled by the Shatuo (Sha'to) Turks. (Sha'to Turks were a group of Western Turks who were first employed by the Tibetans as their herald armies, but they later defected to the Tang Chinese and were assigned the border posts in northern China to guard against other nomads and Khitans.) One more interesting thing would be the fact that the Uygur Turks had a long history of co-living with the Chinese. There is on record a big Uygur community around Yuan-shui River in today's Hunan Province, Central China. The famous writer, Jian Bozan, who committed suicide during the Cultural Revolution, happened to be an ethnic Uygur from Hunan Province.
Who are those people called Turks then? They did not disappear as the Huns did. Today's Turkish people in Turkey are direct descendants of Osmanli Turks who belonged to the Oghuz confederations which have the origin in today's Mongolia. We had traced the original Huns to a group of people driven out of Hetao area, south of the Yellow River, by Qin (BC 221-206) emperor Shi Huangdi (Shihuangdi). Chinese history books invariably claimed that the Gaoche people, the Tiele Tribe (ancestors of Uygurs), Ruruans (Rou Ran or Ru Ru), and Turks were alternative races of the Huns. We would sort out their relationship below. There is one common feature among those ancient tribes, namely, they loved the nomadic way of life, they never settled down, and they preyed upon Chinese Turkistan and Northern China as an outsider force. In contrast, tribal states of Chinese Turkistan, i.e., Loulan (Rongjiang), Cheshi (Gaochang), Qiuci (Guqa or Kuqa), Yanqi, Yutian (Hotan or Khoten), Shule (Kashi), are recorded to have city-walls and cultivation.
Unlike the Huns, the Chinese of Former Han Dynasty did initiate quite some colonization efforts in Chinese Turkistan. The Uygur claim, at http://www.uygur.org/enorg/history/uygurlar_kim.htm, was not that correct in one of the assertions, namely, the Chinese never colonized Xinjiang or Chinese Turkistan. The Chinese, like the Huns and Turks, had been outside contenders. The Huns, after driving out the Yuezhi during the 3rd century BC Hunnic-Yuezhi War, did station some official in Chinese Turkistan. The Huns, according to Ban Gu, devised an official entitled 'Tongpu Duwei', similar to governor, and sent this person to the post in charge of ancient tribal states of Yanqi, Weixu and Yuli [Weili], located to the southwest of today's Urumqi. Hunnic 'Rizhuowang' (king of sun chasing) was usually stationed in the 'west court', a place to the north of Altai, while Hunnic 'central court' was always in today's Outer Mongolia. In 121 BC, Han Emperor Wudi ordered a campaign against the Huns, with Huo Qubing and Gongsun Ao departing from northern border, while Li Guang and Zhang Qian from the Beijing area in the east. Huo attacked the Huns in and around Qilian Mountains, the ice and glacier of which fed the farming of the so-called Hexi Corridor (i.e., corridor to the west of the West Yellow River Bend). Hunnic King Hunye, for fear of punishment by Hunnic Chanyu, killed King Xiutu and surrendered his 40,000 people to Huo Qubing. Wudi relocated the Huns to five prefectures, Longxi (today's Weisui and Tiaohe Rivers, Gansu Prov), Beidi (today's northeastern Gansu Prov), Shangjun (today's northeastern Shenxi Prov), Shuofang (somewhere on north bank of the Northern Yellow River Bend), and Yunzhong (today's Tuoketuo County, Inner Mongolia). Wudi further set up Wuwei and Qiuquan Commandaries in the old territories of King Hunye. In 102 BC, Zhangye and Dunhuang Commandaries were set up along the corridor. Civilians were relocated to guard the posts along with the army. After General Li Guangli campaigned against the ancient state of Dawan (Fergana) in Central Asia, more posts were set up on the Silk Road. From Dunhuang to the Qinhaihu Lake, hundreds of 'farming soldiers' were stationed. By the time of Emperor Xuandi (reign 73-48 BC), south of the Tianshan Mountains was firmly under the Han Chinese control. Hunnic 'Rizhuowang' (king of sun chasing) offended Hunnic Chanyu, and he defected to Han China, yielding to Chinese the Hunnic control of the northern part of Chinese Turkistan. By 62 BC, north of Tianshan Mountains was controlled by Chinese as well. Colonization went as far as the ancient state of Sha'che. This post was responsible for reporting on the situations in such states as Kangju (Kang-chu) and Wu'sun (Ili). During the reign of Emperor Yuandi, 48-32 BC, another group of the Huns surrendered to the Chinese, and colonization reached Che'shi.
The Uygurs and the Mongols, however, could be both right or both wrong in their assertion in regards to the Hunnic ancestry. The Uygur claim could be built on basis of their ancestor Huihe's membership in the Tiele Tribes, a group of people sanwiched between the Huns/Turks and the original dwellers of Xinjiang or Chinese Turkistan. (Uygurs claimed they descended from 'Chunwei', the son of Jie, last Xia Dynasty lord.) The Mongols' claim could be built on basis of the nomadic tribal groups which never left the Mongolian plateau. Western history books tried in vain to make a distinction, and they said that the Genghis Mongols were descendants of the Ruruans. The Ruruans, however, were more Hunnic than Mongol as we would explore in this section and had explored in the section on the Huns. The 'Mongol' claim for Ruruans could be built on basis of one comment in History Of Tuoba Wei Dynasty, namely, the founder of Ruruan people might have origin in Eastern Hu nomads, a group more associated with the Tungusic people of Manchuria and eastern Mongolia. My research into various records, however, shows that the Ruruans were more Hunnic than anything else after relocating to the west. After the Ruruan founder fled to the Altai Mountains, he conquered and absorbed remnant Hunnic and Gaoche tribes there. To provide as detailed descriptions as possible, I had traced the Huns and the Turks according to the specific naming as recorded in history, rather than generic naming. I traced the ending of the Eastern Huns to their relocation to Hebei Province by the Tuoba in A.D. 523 and that of the western Huns to Attila and his warfare in Europe in A.D. 433-453. The third group of Huns, Ruruan, and their relationship with Nie-ban (Nirvana) Huns, would be touched upon below and in Huns section.
The Turks did not come about till they, employed as a group of iron miners in the Altai Mountains, rebelled against the Ruruans in A.D. 546-553. In A.D. 552, the Turks launched its own statelet. We need to make a distinction here between the words of 'Turk', 'Turkic' and 'Turkish'. The word 'Turk' would denote the group of people as recorded in the middle 6th century. The word 'Turkic' means more a language that was spoken by the Euroasian nomads, and the earlier Huns were said to be Turkic as well. The word 'Turkish', however, would denote specifically the people and the language in today's Turkey, i.e., Anatolia. Western history books classify the Ruruans as 'Mongolian', but the term 'Mongolian' was a much later concept. The term 'Mongolian' did not appear till Khubilai endorced it in the 14th century, supposedly on basis of the word 'Mengwu Shiwei'. Conventional history would make such a distinction between the Turkic and Mongolian ethnicity. Here, I will refer to the Ruruans as 'Hunnic' versus their Turkic adversaries for clarification's sake. The Ruruans are said to be the successors to the Huns, and this group of people had also been responsible for pressuring the so-called 'Huns' into migrations towards Europe as well as cracking down on the eastern Huns in collaboration with the Tuoba. The Ruruans, as we detailed in the Hun section, were more Hunnic than those they chased away towards Europe. The two groups, Ruruans and Turks, were hostile towards each other. Numerous records point to the Turks' chasing the Ruruan khan to the Western Wei Dynasty (AD 535-557) as well as chased other Ruruan royal family members to the Hephthalite Empire of the White Huns (Ye-tai). Ruruans had inter-marriage with both Western Wei and the Ye-tai. In A.D. 553-68, the Turks and Sassanians in today's Iran allied in destroying the Hephthalite Empire of White Huns [Ye-tai].
The Turkic Language
Unlike other earlier nomads who left no records of written language, the Turks possessed the so-called Orkhon inscriptions (a Kok Turk invention related to Eastern Khate around A.D. 682) in a runic-like script, and this script was deciphered back in 1896. There was some element of Chinese language among the early Orkhon scripts, though. Note Han Dynasty Chinese had no problem communicating with the Huns who were speculated to be Turkic-speaking as well. The forms of the lost languages of the Khitans, Tanguts and Jurchens, like the Korean writing, had all appeared to be some kind of revision on top of Chinese pictographs. Among the Turks, the Uygurs were great language masters, and adopted their own script which became known as the Uygur script. They helped Chingiz Khan's Mongols in devising the written Mongol language in early 13th century. The Uygur script indirectly influened the Manchus when the latter adopted the Mongolian script in 1599. (The Manchus first used Khitan's Siniform script and finally adopted Chinese logographic characters.) Turkic language is one of the three language branches in the Altaic language family, namley, Turkic, Mongolian and Tunguzic. My suspicion is that the branches did not distinguish themselves till much later, and the three language branch designations were the products of linguists of 20th century any way. When you look at the photos of ruins of Karakorum, near the Orkhon River, southwest of Ulaanbaatar as well as few slates of tomb stones on the desolate Gobi, the impression will be all yours to imagine who the successive dwellers had been on that land. The control of the area of Mongolia had passed from the Turks to the Uygurs, then to the Kyrgyz. (The Kyrgyz were said to be the last Turkic people to have resided in Mongolia, but in the section on Mongols, we had listed quite a few groups of people who appeared to be more Turkic than the later Mongols.)
A simple comparison of some words in later Mongolian language yields the following interesting points: The word for the Mongolinas, Mongqol irgen, is the same word 'irgen' as used in ancient Chinese pronunciation which could be corrobated by the Cantonese pronunciation of 'irgen' and Japanese pronuncitation of 'nin' or 'dgen'. Still more interesting is the fact that Genghis Khan's name, Timuchin, shared the same prefix as some of his brothers and sister, with Ti meaning nothing more than a Chinese word 'Tie' for iron or smith. JOHANN WILHELM ADOLF KIRCHHOFF (1826-1908) mentioned two Kara-Kirghiz groups, i.e., "the On or "Right" in the east, with seven branches (Bogu, Sary-Bagishch, Son-Bagishch, Sultu or Solye, Cherik, Sayak, Bassinz), and the Sol or "Left" in the west, with four branches (Kokche or Kfichy, Soru, Mundus, Kitai or Kintai)". As stated at http://57.1911encyclopedia.org/K/KI/KIRGHIZ.htm, the "Sol section occupies the region between the Talass and Oxus headstreams in Ferghana (Khokand) and Bokhara, ... The On section lies on both sides of the Tian-shan, about Lake Issyk-kul, and in the Chu, Tekes and Narin (upper Jaxartes) valleys." Once again, ancient Chinese words, like right for 'you' (mutated into 'on') and left for 'zuo' (mutated into 'sol'), were adopted by nomadic tribes on the steppe. Note that the Huns used to designate their officials into rightside and leftside virtuous kings, similar to Qin Principality's adoption of rightside and leftside prime ministers. Isenbike Togan of Middle East Technical University stated that "written Chinese is also a system of signs... Central Asian people who were not Chinese used this system at some time in the past, including the Turks." Isenbike Togan concluded that the Turkish word for 'freezing' came from Chinese word 'dong'. Reader jianx mentioned that "...many words have similar sound and meaning as chinese -- the madarin... A few examples: Chinese: Bo2: father's brother --> turkish: Bey: same meaning( more general); Wa(1)Di(4): low land --> Vadi: valley; Shui(3): water --> Sui: water; Jie(2): sister --> ajia: female relative, sister. ...Turkish people have chinese last names. For example, Turkish 'Tan' is obviously a chinese last name. In turkish, it means 'sunrise', which is nearly identical to 'Dan(4)' in chinese --- the Zhou Dynasty's famous Zhou(1)Gong(1) Dan(4) --- you should know it means that the sun is rising over the horizon."
As to Turkic language, there had existed a much earlier version of language than the Orkhon script. There is on record a poem written by the wife of a Chinese officer under the Di people's Anterior Qin Dynasty (AD 351-394), and it was said that this love poem was sent to her husband who was exiled to the border post in China's silk road. The points to make here is that it was written in so-called 'Hui' language, namely, a terminology that was to be used for denoting Turkic language later. Hui means something self-looping or percolating, in a similar fashion to the Iranian languages. (Today's Chinese designated Muslims as 'Hui Ren' and Islam as 'Hui Jiao'.) The poem, woven on silk clothing, could be read from right to left and from left to right. Both the earlier 'Hui Wen' and later Orkhon script must have been impacted by more than Chinese. Iranian languages had been found in the same area. Excavated in areas rear Turfan would be manuscripts in Bactrian, the ancient language of Bactria in northern Afghanistan. Kushan ruler Kanishka, who was of Yuezhi origin, adopted Bactrian as the language of his coinage. After the collapse of the Kushan empire, Bactrian language continued in use till the ninth-century, as evidenced by inscriptions from the Tochi valley in Pakistan and the remnants of Buddhist and Manichean manuscripts found in the Turfan oasis.
In the following, I will tentatively explore into the origins of the Uygurs, the Turks and their history.
Origin Of the Turks & The Uygur Turks
Nationalist Uygurs, at http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/1730/buh.html, stated that "after 210 B.C., the Uygurs played important roles in the Hun (220 B.C. - 386 A.D.), Tabgach (To'pa) (386-554 A.D.), and Kok Turk (552-744 A.D.) empires which were established in Central Asia". This statement would be erroneous in its lumping together different groups of people.
The Turks, specifically called Tujüe or Tujue (Turks) at the time of North Dynasties (AD 386-581) and Sui/Tang Dynasties, asserted themselves in late time period of Tuoba Northern Wei Dynasty (A.D. 386-533). Tuoba Wei split into Eastern and Western Wei Dynasties in A.D. 534. The Turks rebelled against the Ruruans in A.D. 546-553. However, there were earlier references to Turkic tents in the 4th and 5th centuries, respectively. Below, I will cite a few records in Chinese history. Among the following sayings, personally, I am more inclined to believe that the ancestors of Turks might be related to the 500 families who fled to the Altai Mountains after Tuoba Wei Emperor Daowudi (Tuoba Gui, reign 386-409) defeated the Hunnic Statelet of Juqu in today's Gansu Province.
In China, the 16 Nations (AD 304-420) were comprised of various nomadic groups of people: the Huns, the Jie-hu, the Xianbei (including the Wuhuan & Tuoba), the Qiang, & the Di. Ultimately, the Tuoba (To'pa), who were of Xianbei heritage, took over northern China. Leftover Huns were absorbed by the Ruruan, and the Ruruan were subsequently defeated and exterminated by the Turks. The Tuoba would deal with the onslaughts by the Ruruans first and then the Turks. The Tuoba got sinicized in northern China. Ultimately, Tuoba Wei Dynasty would be usurped by two generals of the Xianbei heritage. Northern Qi and Northern Zhou replaced the two Tuoba Wei dynasties. Sui China would be built on Northern Zhou Dynasty of the Yuwen clan.
The origin of the Turk was interesting as well as the name of it. Tang Dynasty writer, Li Yanshou, in his book The History Of The Northern Dynasties, wrote that the Turks were alternative race of the Huns whose ancestors had originally dwelled to the right side [northside] of the Xihai [West Sea]. According to the Chinese records, the ancestor of the Turks came from a boy whose arms were cut off and whose ankles were also deliberately disabled by the tribal feuds. This boy was from the background of mixed Hu nomads in today's Gansu-Qinhai areas, i.e., Pingzhou and Liangzhou. The History Of The Northern Dynasties said that the Turkic clan to which the boy belonged dwelled to the west side of Xi Hai. (Xi Hai was also the name for the Mediterranean, but denoting the Blackwater Lake which was to the east of the Altaic Mountain). A wolf would be responsibile for saving the life of the boy. When the enemies found out about the boy, they killed the boy. However, the pregnant wolf fled to the mountains near the ancient Gaochang Statelet (Turpan) and she gave birth to 10 children who ultimately became the ancestors of the later Turks. (The ten Turks used their wives' family name as their respective clan name. Ashina was one of the ten names.)
Li Yanshou also recorded another theory, namely, the ancestors of the Turks were the mixed Ashina Hu nomads in Pingzhou and Liangzhou areas. About 500 households of them fled to the Ruruan for protection, dwelled to the south of the Altai Mountains, and became the iron slaves of the Ruruans, at the time when Tuoba Wei Emperor Daowudi (reign 386-409) defeated the Hunnic Statelet of Juqu's Northern Liang on the Western Corridor in today's Gansu Province. The name "Turk" was said to be in fact something denoting the cloth-made cap that the people wore on the head, said to be of the same shape as the Altai mountains in today's Western China. Li Yanshou also said that the Turks could have their origin from a statelet called Suoguo which was to the north of the Huns. The Hunnic tribal chieftan, i.e., A'pangbu, possessed 70 brothers, with one of them born with a wolf. Brother Nishidu revived the tribe after it was conquered by neighbors. Nishidu had four sons, with one son leading the Qigu (Jiegu, i.e., Xiajiasi or the Kirghiz) statelet, and the elder son living on Mount Ba-si-chu-zhe-shi-shan. This elder son was made into the chieftan, and he bore ten sons, with the youngest named Ashina. Ashina was later selected as the chieftan because he could jump the highest against the tree. Ashina had one of his descendants by the name of Tumen (Bumin). In A.D. 545, a Western Tuoba Wei emissary visited Tumen. Tumen was delighted at the visit by the grandiose Chinese emissary and thought this visit might for sure bring along luck to him. Tumin sent in tributes to Tuoba Wei Dynasty the second year. (This account by Li Yanshou would have traced the origin of the Turks to be of the same family as the later Nine Tiele Tribes [which included the Qigu or Jiegu tribe] which were the main adversaries to the Ashina Turks.)
Reconciling all above accounts about the Turks' origins, Historian Luu Simian went ahead to reconcile the history about ten Turkic names and attempted to expound the origin and location of the original Turks. Luu Simian cited Mongol Yuan Dynasty's writing to state that the westernmost Turkic tribe, Ke-sa Tribe, dwelled to the right side of the West Sea. Luu Simian did cite the Western and Eastern Turks' common practice of paying pilgrimage to the wolf cave in the Altai Mountain, to the northwest of today's Urumqi, as evidence that the early Turks fled there and then worked as iron miners. While equating the Turks to the Ashina surname, Luu Simian pointed out that the "Nine Names" must have more affinity with the Ashina Turks than to the Huihe [Urghur] Tribe. See Turk versus Tiele (Tara or Tole) for details on the difference of the Nine Tiele Tribes versus the "Jiu [Nine] Xing [Surname] Hu [Barbarians]" of the Yuezhi Zhaowu Origin. (There is a Luu Simian confusion here as to the exact sea referred by 'Xi Hai' or the West Sea. Ancient classics claimed that the Arabs and the Parthians traded with the Romans at the Xi-hai Sea in the section on Gan Ying's trip across Central Asia. Hence, Xihai was considered by Luu Simian to be likely the Mediterranean Sea. Some Chinese believed that the West Sea referred to the Arab Sea. The sentence containing the word the "right side" of the West Sea could be construed as the west bank of the Caspian, or the Aral Sea, the Sea of Azov and Black Sea. Though, this webmaster's conviction is that the West Sea referred here on the origin of the Turks could be Lake Juyan, i.e., the Blackwater Lake, not the West Sea where the Parthians and Romans made their trades in Han Dynasty's records.)
The point made here is that the Turks did not originate from Central Asia, but somewhere between the Tianshan Mountain and the E-ji-na Lake. When the Turks invaded Central Asia, they were the outsiders, ruling as a separate elite clan. In the Hun section, we stated that Wang Guowei, an erudite, pointed out that the [Asiatic] invaders came from the East while the [Central Asia] traders came from the West.
From the standpoint of one Chinese historian writer (Cai Dongfan), the Turks are a so-called "bie zhong" of the Huns, namely, an "alternative race" or a "different race" if translated literally. The Turks became a strong power after they, under Tumen, defeated the 'Tiele Tribe' and absorbed about 50,000 households in A.D. 546. Juqu's Northern Liang connection is the most credible explanation, in my opinion.
In separate sections, we touched on the hair style of the barbarians, including the pigtail style of Tuoba, the cut hair style of the Xianbei and Wuhuan, and the cut hair and pigtail style of the Jurchens and Manchus, to state that both the Huns and the later Turks had in fact shared a similar hair style as the Sinitic Chinese, namely, no hair cut plus the bundling of hair. The difference between the Huns and the Sinitic Chinese was "hu2 [Huns] fu2 [clothing] ZHUI1 [back of the head] jie2 [bundling the hair]", while the Sinitic Chinese bundled the hair at the top of the head. As commented by historian Huang Wenbi, the Qiangic people in western China, who had been exiled there from the east as this webmaster had repeatedly said, shared the same customs as the ancient Yi people along the eastern Chinese coast, namely, they did not bundle hair and further had an opposite direction as far as wrapping the clothing was concerned, namely, "bei4? pi1?[dangling] fa1 [hair] zuo3 [left] REN4 [overlapping part of Chinese gown]".
The Early Turkic History
In A.D. 546, the Turks under Tumen (?-552), first subjugated the Tiele tribes to the north of the Tianshan Mountain. The Turks, thinking that they helped in rearing the Tiele Tribes on behalf of the Ruruans, proposed a marriage with the princess of the Ruruans. The Ruruans declined their request. Hence, the Turks sought for marriage with Tuoba's Western Wei Dynasty. In the 17th year of Western Wei's Datong era, i.e., A.D. 551, Turkic Khan Tumen (Bumin) obtained Tuoba Princess Changle as a bride. When Western Wei Emperor Wendi died, Tumen sent in 200 horses as condolence. In the first year of Western Wei Emperor Feidi, i.e., A.D. 552, Tumen defeated the Ruruans, causing Ruruan Khan to commit suicide and Ruruan Khan's son to flee to Northern Qi Dynasty. Tumen declared himself Khan Yili, setting his capital at Mt. Yuedujun-shan, to the south of the Orkhon River, and gave his wife the title of Ke-hedun or Kedun (similar to the Hunnic title of Yanzhi for queen). Tumen's son, named Keluo, was Khan Yixiji. Khan Yixiji defeated the Ruruan Khan's brother, i.e., Dengshuzi. Yixiji's brother, Sijin (Sinjibu?), aka Yandu, would succeed Khan Yixiji as Khan Muchu. Sijin (Khan Muchu) was recorded to be red-faced and possessed the liuli [brown] eyes. Sijin (Khan Muchu) defeated Dengshuzi at Mount Beilaishan and drive Dengshuzi into the Northern Zhou territories for asylum. Dengshuzi and his 3000 followers would later be handed over to the Turks for execution by Northern Zhou. ("liuli", now meaning brown and green imperial construction, previously meant for five-color glass. This kind of records, however, did corrobate the fact that Central Asian features, maybe in areas like deep socket eyes and high nose bridge, were rare in relationship with the general physique of the people in the steppe area. Speculation would be that majority Huns were of Mongol stock, but few Altaic people, like Jiehu & Ashina Turks, had inherited or picked up Caucasian features of Chinese Turkistan or Central Asia, possibly after the ancestral Huns raided to the west.) Sijin (Khan Muchu) then defeated the Ye-tai in the west, the Khitans in the east, and the Qigu (Jiegu, i.e., Xiajiasi or the Kirghiz) in the north.
Ashina Shidianmi (Istemi Kagan), i.e., Tumen Khan's brother and Muchu Khan's uncle, who stayed behind while Tumen was campaigning east against the Ruruans, conducted a western campaign in A.D. 552. Ashina Shidianmi allied with Khosrau I of the Sassanid Empire in attacking the Ye-da, and by A.D. 558, defeated the Yeda and divided the Yeda land at the River Amu Darya. Then, Ashina Shidianmi expelled the Avars to the Volga, for which he was promoted to be khan. In A.D. 567, Ashina Shidianmi crossed the River Amu Darya to take over the area in today's Afghanistan in an alliance with the East Romans against the Sassanids. (In A.D. 576, Datou, i.e., Ashina Shidianmi's son, succeeded the Western Turkic Khanate.) Hence, the Turks controlled the vast territories extending from Central Asia, today's Chinese Turkistan to Manchuria. The Turks were recorded to have about 28 levels of officials, including Yehu, She(4), Teqin, Silifa, Tudunfa etc. They had the same customs as the Scandinavian pirates in that they would burn the dead body of their chieftan together with the belongings like horses and clothes. Tents were always opened towards the east where the sun rose.
In the third year of Northern Zhou Emperor Wendi (?), the Turks defeated the Tuyuhun Xianbei in today's Qinghai-Gansu area. Sijin (Khan Muchu) had once wavered, in face of gifts from the two Chinese states, several times, in marrying over his daughter to either Northern Qi or Northern Zhou, and he finally settled down on intermarriage with Northern Zhou. In A.D. 561, i.e., the first year of Baoding Era (Northern Zhou Emperor Wudi), the Turks under Sijin (Khan Muchu), with 100,000 strong army, joined Northern Zhou's Duke Sui (Yang Zhong) in attacking Northern Qi. The Turks reached ancient Bingzhou Prefecture (northern Shanxi Prov). The Turks requested for a second attack on Northern Qi. Sijin (Khan Muchu) yielded his post to his brother at death bed. Sijin (Khan Muchu)'s brother, i.e., Tabo [Tuobo] Khan, made Shetu as Khan E'fu in charge of the east and a brother (Khan Rudan) as Khan Buli in charge of the west. Tuobo Khan would play Northern Zhou and Northern Qi for tributes and treated the two Chinese statelet rulers as stepsons. A Northern Qi monk called Huilin converted Tuobo to Buddhism. After Northern Zhou destroyed Northern Qi, Tuobo Khan would welcome a Northern Qi prince called Gao Baoyi (King of Fanyang) and make him the nominal new emperor of Northern Qi. In A.D. 578, the first year of Xuanzheng Era of Northern Zhou Emperor Wudi, Tuobo attacked today's Beijing area and killed a Northern Zhou general called Liu Xiong. Tuobo Khan raided today's Jiuquan of Gansu Prov on the Western Corridor thereafter; meantime, Yutian [Khotan], Persia and Ye-tai rebelled against the Turks in the west. Northern Zhou Emperor Wudi promised to send Princess Qianjin to Tuobo Khan for reconciliation. Tuobo Khan raided Bingzhou and stopped raiding when Princess Qianjin was delivered. Tuobo then expelled Gao Baoyi to Northern Zhou years later after reaching a deal with Northern Zhou. At the death of Tuobo Khan in A.D. 581, Tuobo Khan asked his son to yield the throne back to his second brother's son. The elder brother's son, Shabolüe, refused to acknowledge the new khan. Hence, the Turks would possess four [or five] different khans.
After Sui Dynasty replaced Northern Zhou in A.D. 581, Shabolüe's wife, i.e., Princess Qianjin, persuaded the Turks into avenging on the Sui Dynasty rulers. Defeated by Sui, Shabolüe Khan would blame Khan Ah'bo and henced attacked and killed the mother of Ah'bo. Ah'bo fled to the west for asylum with Datou (Tardu) Khan. The Turkic Khans attacked each other. Datou (Tardu) Khan, son of Shedianmi the Western Turkic khan, ascended to the Western Turkic Khanate throne in A.D. 576. Datou (Tardu) Khan, in the west, attacked the Byzantium Empire in A.D. 576 for Emperor Tiberius' receiving the Avars and further attacked today's Crimea in A.D. 581. In A.D. 582-583, the Turks split into the Eastern Khanate [or the Northern Khanate] and the Western Khanate. In 583, Datou (Tardu) Khan pretentiously answered Eastern Turkic Khan Shabolüe in attacking Sui Dynasty. But, half way, Datou (Tardu) Khan changed mind to pull off the campaign, causing Shabolüe a defeat in the hands of the Sui army. Datou (Tardu) Khan further allied with Ah'bo Khan to attack Shabolüe, hence officially splitting from the Eastern Khanate. Later, Datou (Tardu) Khan allied with Eastern Turkic Khanate rivals such as Dulan Khan against Sui Dynasty and Ran'gan Khan.
Sui sent an official called Yu Qingzhe and persuaded Shabolüe into seeking vasslage with Sui. Shabolue gave his sister to Yu Qingzhe as an appreciation of the peace efforts. When attacked by the Turks from the west and the Khitans from the east, Shabolüe Khan was allowed to relocate to the south of the desert and Sui Dynasty acknowledged him as a minister instead of a vassal. Sui Emperor Wendi conferred the family name of Yang onto Princess Qianjin and renamed her to Princess Dayi. After the death of Khan Shabolüe, Sui Emperor Wendi mourned for three days. Khan Shabolüe's brother, Shetu (Khan E'fu), was in charge of the east. Shetu asked his son to see another Shabolüe brother called Chuluo-hou and made Chuluo-hou the new khan (i.e., Mohe Khan). Chuluo-hou (Mohe Khan) attacked the Turks in the west by demonstrating the flags conferred by the Sui court and he captured Khan Ah'bo. After Chuluo-hou (Mohe Khan) died of an arrow wound, Shetu's son, Yongyulu, was made into Khan Duolan, while Ran'gan was made into Khan Tuli to be in charge of the northern territory. Khan Duolan (Yongyulu) took over the stepmother, namely, Northern Zhou Princess Qianjin (thousand ounce gold) who was re-titled Princess Dayi (grand justice). When Sui Emperor sent over the screens of deposed Southern Chinese Dynasty of Chen to Prince Dayi, Prince Dayi thought about revenge again and she contacted a Western Turkic Khan for assistance. Shaobolue's son, Tuli Khan, was in charge of the north. Sui Dynasty asked Tuli Khan to advise Khan Duolan in killing Princess Dayi before Tuli Khan could marry Princess Anyi of Sui Dynasty. After the death of Princess Anyi, Tuli Khan (Ran'gan) would marry with Princess Yicheng of Sui Dynasty in A.D. 597. Sui Emperor played a trick in bestowing a lot of gifts on Tuli Khan, hence angering the Arch Turkic Khan Duolan into a rivalry against Tuli Khan. Khan Duolan killed all brothers and children of Khan Tuli, and allied with Western Turkic Khan (Datou) in attacking Tuli Khan.
Datou would proclaim himself Khan Bujia and fought wars with both Sui and the Eastern Turks under Khan Tuli. Tuli, after a defeat in 599, fled to Shuozhou of Sui Dynasty together with Sui emissary Zhangsun Sheng, and received Sui's conferral as Yilizhendou-Qimin Khan. Under further attacks from Khan Duolan, Tuli Khan crossed the Yellow River to the territory between Xiazhou and Shengzhou. Similar to Han Emperor Wudi, Sui Emperor Wendi dispatched multiple columns of armies against the rivalry Turks, several times, deep into northwestern territories. Tuli Khan would be entitled Qiren Khan (Qimin Khan) and was allowed to stay south of the Yellow River, at Xia-zhou and Shen-zhou prefectures. In A.D. 599, Datou (Tardu), i.e., Bujia Khan, in alliance with Eastern Turkic Khanate rival Dulan Khan, defeated Ran'gan Khan (i.e., Qimin [Qiren] Khan or Jami Quyan ?-609). Subsequenly, the Sui-Eastern Turks defeated the Western Turks and Dulan Khan. Dulan was killed. Khan Duolan (i.e., Ashina Yongyulu) was killed by his own people in A.D. 599. In the first year of Rensou Era, A.D. 601, Datou (Bujia Khan) attacked Sui border posts and defeated Daizhou "zongguan" Haan Hong. A Turkic sijing crossed the Yellow River to abduct over 6000 people and over 200,000 cattle. Yang Su was conferred the post of Grand Marshal of Yunzhou and led Khan Qiren Khan to fighting the Western Turks under Nili Khan. Yang Su took back the cattle and gave them to Qimin Khan. In 603, the Turks under Datou defected to Khan Qimin. Datou (Khan Bujia) fled to the Tuyuhun territory and died there in about 610 A.D. Qimin Khan was arranged to dwell at Zi-kou (the desert entry point, i.e., north of today's Hohhot). Khan Qiren took over the people of both Nili Khan and Bujia Khan (Datou).
While Sui Dynasty was attacking the Turks, the Tiele Tribes joined in and defeated the Turks in the northwest. The Sui armies, joined by Qimin Khan, would quell the rivalry Turks. In A.D. 607, the third year of Daye Era of Sui Emperor Yangdi, Qimin Khan and Princess Yicheng came to today's Yulin (southwest of Tuoketuo) to pay respect to Emperor Yangdi and offered 3000 horses when Yangdi arrived at Yulin, Shenxi, in the Hetao (sheath) area. In 609, Qimin Khan came to Luoyang to see Emperor Yangdi. When Khan Qiren died, Sui Emperor mourned for three days. Khan Qiren's son, Tujieli, would succeed as Khan Shibi. During the 11th year of Sui Emperor's reign, Khan Shibi came to the Sui capital. Later, Khan Shibi attacked Sui emperor at Yanmenguan Pass. Duke of Tang, Li Yuan, defeated the Shibi Turks at Mayi. When Sui was in upheaval, Shibi Khan welcomed Sui Empress Xiaohou. The Chinese fled to the Turks in hordes for avoiding civil wars, and the Turks became powerful while Tang China was weak after emerging victorious from the civil wars after the demise of Sui Dynasty.
In the west, the Turks was led by the son of Muchu Khan. When conflicting with Khan Shabolue, the Western Turks set up two courts, one in ancient Shi-guo Statelet and the other in ancient Qiuci (Chouci) Statelet. Chouci, Tiele and Yiwu etc were all subject to the Western Turks. After Chuluo-hou captured the western Turkic khan, Nili Khan (grandson of Ah'bo Khan) would be enthroned in A.D. 587. Nili Khan's wife was a Chinese woman called Lady Xiang. In A.D. 604, Nili Khan's son, Ashina Daman, would enthrone as Nijue-Chuluo Khan who resided in the old Wusun territory, i.e., today's Ili. By A.D. 605, the western Turks were in constant fights with the Tiele Tribes. Sui Dynasty sent a minister called Pei Ju to persuade Western Turkic Khan Chuluo to seek vassalage with Sui. Khan Chuluo's mother, named Lady Xiang, was a Chinese who was living in the Sui capital at the time. Sui tried to have Chuluo Khan attack Tuyuhun using the pretext that Chuluo could safely come to the Sui capital to see his mother should Tuyuhun be cleared in the midway. Since Khan Chuluo refused to pay respect to Sui Emperor Yangdi in person, Yangdi would adopt Pei Ju's advice in supporting the grandson of Tardu (Datou) to have Chuluo replaced. Chuluo Khan fled to the Gaochang Statelet and he later was persuaded into surrender by his mother, Lady Xiang. Chuluo Khan later followed Yangdi in the Korean Expedition and was entitled Hesana Khan. Princess Xingyi was married to Khan Chuluo. When Sui Emperor Yangdi was killed by the palace corps in Yangzhou, Chuluo Khan fled back to the Sui capital, but he was killed by the Turks from the north.
When Tang Dynasty's founder, Li Yuan, rebelled against Sui Dynasty, he would sent his minister (Liu Wenjing) to the Eastern Turks (ruled by Khan Shibi at the time) for borrowing 2000 horses and 500 cavalry. At this time, Khan Shibi subjugated Tuyuhun in Gansu-Qinghai, Gaochang near Turpan, the Khitans and Shiwei in northwestern Manchuria and eastern Mongolia. Khan Shibi intervened in China's civil wars and assisted Li Yuan's rivals, such as Liu Wuzhou & Liang Shidu. After the death of Khan Shibi, his brother, Chuluo Khan (same name as Chuluo Khan during Sui Dynasty time period), would be enthroned. Chuluo Khan assisted another Tang rival, Wang Shichong. Later, Chuluo Khan retrieved ex-Sui Empress Xiao and ex-Sui royal family from still another Tang rival called Dou Jiande. Chuluo Khan erected an ex-Sui royal member as the new Sui King. Chuluo Khan was determined to fight Tang on behalf of dethroned Sui Dynasty, saying that he wanted to return favor to Sui for Sui's helping his ancestors in the restoration of the Turkic khanate. Later, Chuluo Khan died and his brother, Khan Xieli, would be enthroned.
Khan Xieli was disuaded from an alliance with another Tang rival called Xue Ju. Khan Xieli would erect his cousin, i.e., Shibi Khan's son, as Khan Tuli (same name as Tuli during Sui Dynasty time period) in the east, and Tuli would take charge of the ancient tribes of the Khitans and Malgals (ancestors of Jurchens) people. Khan Xieli would take over Princess Yicheng as his wife. Princess Yicheng's brother (Yang Sanjing) and Wang Shichong's emissary would somehow persuade Khan Xieli into challenging Tang Dynasty on behalf of dethroned Sui. In A.D. 621, Khan Xieli invaded Yanmenguan Pass and Dai Prefecture. For several years, Tang and the Turks fought numerous battles across the northern border areas. By the 7th year of Tang Emperor Gaozu, in A.D. 626, Li Shimin or Li Shih-min (i.e., King Qin of Tang Dynasty and later Tang Emperor Taizong or Tai-tsung, A.D. 597-649), would sow a dissension among Xieli Khan and Tuli Khan. Unable to call upon Tuli to fight Tang further, Xieli Khan sent Tuli Khan and Simo to Tang for sake a peace treaty with Tang. Tuli Khan and King Qin promised to be brothers, while Tang Emperor Gaozu said to Simo that he felt he had seen Khan Xieli by meeting with Simo. In the following two years, Tang was busy building ships around the North Bend of the Yellow River for defence against Turks, while Turks broke the peace and kept attacking Tang. In A.D. 627, Tang Emperor Taizong got enthroned after staging "Xuan Wu Men Coup D'etat" during which he killed two brothers and forced Emperor Gaozu into abdication. This year, the Tiele Tribes, including Xueyantuo, Huihe and Bayegu, rebelled against the Turks. Khan Xieli accused Khan Tuli of failing to quell the Tiele rebellion. Being attacked by Khan Xieli, Khan Tuli requested for help with Tang Emperor Taizong in A.D. 628. The next year, Xueyantuo proclaimed themselves as a khan and sought allianace with Tang. In the fourth year, A.D. 630, Tang ordered General Li Jing on a full campaign against Khan Xieli and captured Khan Xieli. Further details of Turkic history will be covered in Eastern Khnanate and Western Khnanate.
Huihe would be a more correct name for the ancestors of the Uygurs. Interestingly, nationalist Uygurs had produced two lineages of eastern and western Hunnic kings on their website dating back to the Before Christ era. Uygurs claimed they descended from 'Chunwei', the son of Jie, last Xia Dynasty lord. According to Shi Ji, Chunwei fled to the northern plains where he became ancestors of the Huns. The Hunnic successors will include the Ruruans, Gaoche, the Tiele Tribes and the Turks etc. The New History Of Tang Dynasty, written by Song Dynasty's Ouyang Xiu, mentioned that the ancestors of Huihe were Hunnic, and they were called Gaoche because of their custom of riding in high-wheeled carts. They were alternatively called by 'Chile' which was to mutate into 'Tiele'.
The History of the Northern Dynasties mentioned that the Gaoche people could be related to 'Dingling', descendants of the Chi Di or Red Di people who once resided in the Shanxi areas. They dwelled to the northwest of the Luhun (?) Sea.
Chinese history put Gaoche (descendants of Chidi or Red Di people, also known as Dingling), in a different category from the dozens of tribal states in Chinese Turkistan. Chidi once dwelled in Hetao and should belong to the earlier Rong-di Rongs. (Rong-di could relate to the Sino-Tibetan Qiangic people. See hun.htm section for details.) Rongdi had intermarriage with the Zhou court, while Chidi with Jin Principality. Chidi first was called Dili, and then Dingling and Gaoche. They were recorded to have similar language to the Huns.
The Gao-che People Record showed that the Gaoche people had similar traits as the early Huns and they were the nephews of the Huns. Among the Gaoche would be clans like Hulü, Di(2), Yuanhe, Jiepi, Hugu, and Yiqijin. Twelve family names could be found: Qifuli, Tulu, Dalian, Dabo, A'lun, Muoyun, Sifen, Fufuluo, Qiyuan, and Youshupei etc. The words Gao-che mean "high wheeled carts" which was to point to the fact that the Gaoche people liked to ride in high-whelled carts. The high-whelled carts were said to have lots of radius grooves or shafts. I have noticed that some Uygur website had adopted the Yuanhe clan of the Gaoche people as their ancestors. http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/society/A0849917.html had mentioned that the Uygurs (Uigurs) were the Yue-che of ancient Chinese records. This should be a typo of the Yuanhe clan. http://ignca.nic.in/pb0013.htm claimed that the phrase of Yue-che or Yueche was nothing other than a mutated form of spelling for the Yuezhi or Yueh-chih people who relocated to Bactria from Gansu. This could be wrong, though, as the Chinese history consistently made a difference between the Nine Tiele Tribes and the Nine Name Hu who were said to be descendants of the Nine Zhaowu Clan of the Yuezhi era.
The Gaoche people had a split in A.D. 486, with over 100,000 households of the Fufuluo Tribe moving west towards the Gaochang Statelet. In A.D. 487, when Ruruan Khan Doulun attacked Tuoba's Northern Wei Dynasty, the Gaoche people under Fufuluo Tribe chieftan Ahfuzhiluo (Kezhiluo) and brother Qiongqi, over 100,000 people, defected from the Ruruans for a move to the west and launched the Gaoche Kingdom in the territory to the northwest of former Cheshi. Ahfuzhiluo claimed to be Houloufule (Houloufulei). The Gaoche people defeated the Ruruans several times, pressing the Ruruans into moving east. The Gaoche allied with Tuoba Wei Dynasty in pincer-attacking the Ruruans. In the Gaochang (Turpan) territory, Ahfuzhiluo killed Gaochang King Kan Shougui who was pro-Ruruan, and selected Zhang Mengming as the new king. Gaoche further defeated Shanshan. (Back in A.D. 460, the Ruruans attacked Gaochang, exterminated the Juqu-shi lineage from the Northern Liang era, and made Kan Bozhou the new king.) Thereafter, the Ye-tai people attacked Gaoche, killing Qiongqi. Ahfuzhiluo was assassinated by his own ministers. Ye-tai further killed Ahfuzhiluo's successor, Baliyan, and made Qiongqi's son, Mi'etu, as the new Gaoche chief to be a Ye-tai vassal.
In 508 A.D., Mi'etu, north of the Puleihai Sea, defeated and killed Ruruan Khan Yujiulv Futu (i.e., Khan Tuohan). Yuliulv Futu's son, Chounu or Ruruan Khan Douluofubadoufa (?-520), counterattacked Gaoche and killed Mi'etu in A.D. 516, making the skull into a drinking vessel. Ruruan Khan Douluofubadoufa's successor, Yujiulv Ahnagui (?-552), who claimed to be khan in A.D. 520, at one time sought asylum with Tuoba Wei Dynasty as garrison for the Huaishuo-zhen.
After the death of Mi'etu, the Ye-tai let go a brother of Mi'etu, i.e., Yifu, to be the new Gaoche king. Yifu sought conferral with Wei Dynasty Emperor Xiaomingdi. Gaoche defeated the Ruruans. In 522, Yifu was defeated by the Ruruans. Brother Yueju, who killed Yifu, was further defeated by the Ruruans. Yifu's son, Bishi, killed Yueju, and proclaimed himself Houloufule (Houloufulei), i.e., king. Around 540, Bishi (reign 530-540) was defeated by the Ruruans. Son Qubin fled the Ruruans for Eastern Wei Dynasty and died in North China. Hence the [western] Gaoche kingdom came to demise.
In A.D. 546, the Turks eliminated the Gao-che statelet. In A.D. 546, when the Tiele Tribes campaigned east against the Ruruans, the Turks under Tumen attacked the Tiele Tribes and pacified over 50,000 households. Tumen, who requested for marriage with Ahnagui, was cursed as a ironsmith slave. In 552, Tumen attacked the Ruruans, defeating them north of the Huaihuang-zhen Garrison (Zhangbei, north of Kalgan) and causing Ahnagui to commit suicide. Ahnagui's son, Anluochen, fled to Northern Qi while Ahnagui's uncle Dengshuzi was made into the new Ruruan khan.
The Tiele Tribes History records from the Tuoba Wei period contain many references to the 'Tiele' or 'Chile' tribes and their rebellions against the Tuoba Wei Dynasty. Tuoba Emperor Daowudi defeated the Gaoche people. Gaoche tribes sought vassalage with Tuoba, and one chieftan was conferred the post of Yangwei (exhibiting awe) Jiangjun (general), and another chieftan Weiyuan (awe far-reaching) Jiangjun (general). Both enjoyed Tuoba bestowals in clothing and grains.
The Ruruan Khan, Shelun, would invade the Gaoche lands. Hulü tribe defeated the Ruruan army and then slept with the Ruruan women for days. Ruruan Khan Shelun then attacked Gaoche all of a sudden. Only 20-30 percent of the Hulü people escaped and they sought asylum with Tuoba Wei Dynasty. Hulü Beihouli was conferred the title of Duke Mengdugong and King of Zhongzhuangwang posthumously. Tuoba General Yiwei later conquered the remnant Yuanhe Tribe. At a place called Sinipo, Tuoba Wei Emperor Daowudi conquered over 100,000 households of the Gaoche people and then relocated them to south of desert. Gaoche bagan to learn agriculture. When Tuoba Emperor Xiaowendi called upon them to campaign in the south, the Yuanhe Tribe selected a person called Shuzhe as a chieftan and fled to the north. Tuoba General Yuwen Fu was defeated. Yuanhe first fled to the Ruruans, but then left the Ruruans.
According to The History Of Tuoba Wei Dynasty, the Uygurs originated from the Tiele Tribes who were in turn descendants of the Huns. The Tiele Tribes would be a generic name pointing to the dozens of tribal states across the northern belt of today's western China or Chinese Turkistan. These people were subject either to the Eastern Turks or to the Western Turks by the time of Sui Dynasty.
During late Tuoba Wei Dynasty, there appeared many references to the 'Tiele' or 'Chile' tribes and their rebellions against the Tuoba. History said that the Tiele Tribes derived from the Gaoche people.
As mentioned in the Hun section, there were two distinct groups of people in Western China: the Huns and the Yüeh-chih. The Yüeh-chih dwelled to the west of Chinese, in today's Gansu Province. After a defeat by the Huns, about 500,000 (?) Yüeh-chih migrated to the Afghanistan. The Yüeh-chih tribal affiliates, like Kangju (Kang-chu) and Wu'sun, also fled to the west and set up satellite kingdoms. Those Yüeh-chih statelets invariably used the city name of 'Zhaowu' of Gansu Province as their royal family names. The Yüeh-chih people are said to be Indo-European, with speculation of links to the mummies excavated in Western China. A good speculation will be to link the Tiele Tribes to the mixed group of people between the Huns and the Yüeh-chih. Bear in mind that the Huns and the Yüeh-chih were feuds, not friends. The Huns had retained the skull of a Yuezhi king as a drinking utensil for hundreds of years, and at one time, two Chinese emissaries had an oath with the Huns by killing a White horse and drinking wine from this "skull" utensil. The later White Huns (Ye-tai) were also of the Yüeh-chih family according to Chinese history. Chronicles stated that Ye-tai was a family name of Yüeh-chih.
Reading though history, two conclusions could be reached, i.e., that the tribal states of Loulan (Rongjiang), Cheshi (Gaochang), Qiuci (Guqa or Kuqa), Yanqi, Yutian (Hotan), Shule (Kashi) had been in continuous existance though the actual inhabitants of those states might have changed over the course of history, and that both the Huns and the Turks had appeared to be an outsider force that preyed upon those tribal states from the northern altitude of the Altai Mountains and Mongolia. More, according to Ban Gu of Latter Han Dynasty, the tribal states of Loulan (Rongjiang), Cheshi (Gaochang), Qiuci (Guqa or Kuqa), Yanqi, Yutian (Hotan), Shule (Kashi) are recorded to have city-walls and cultivation, while the Huns or later Turks did not possess those features.
Tuoba, Gao-che (Yuanhe), Ruruan During early Tuoba period, Tuoba Wei Emperor Daowudi (reign 386-409), launched numerous campaigns against the Ruruans as well the Gaoche people. While Gaoche were at odds with the Ruruans, they raided into Tuoba Wei as well. Daowudi personally led several campaigns against Gaoche and quelled their tribes. The Gaoche people, however, were frequently mentioned as an ally in the war against the Ruruans. The early Gaoche people had different names from the later Tiele Tribes. There is an often-mentioned name called 'Hulü' among the Gaoche, and in Tuoba Wei Dynasty, quite a few generals bearing this name were in existence. One Gaoche lord, Hulü Beihouli, fled to Tuoba Wei after being defeated by the Ruruans, and he was conferred the title of Duke Mengdu. Daowudi relocated the Gaoche people to the south of the desert and the Gaoche people began to learn cultivation. Gaoche posessed 12 family names, and they were enslaved by the Ruruans mostly. Gaoche rebelled against the Ruruans frequently. Gaoche were also subject to attacks from the Ye-tai (i.e., the so-called White Huns).
The Tiele Tribes (Huihe) By late Tuoba Wei's Northern Wei Dynasty, a new alliance of people called the Tiele (Toles) would emerge. The Tiele Tribes, descendants of the Huns, with many of the later familiar Huihe family names, were recorded to have spread everywhere, i.e, north of the Luo River (e.g., clans like Tongluo, Bayegu, Pugu, Weihe, Fuluo, carrying the names of Mengchen, Tuluhe, Sijie, Hun, Huxie), west of Yiwu & north of Yanqi (clans like Qibi, Boluozhi, Subo, Nahe, Wuhu, Hegu, Yunihu), southwest of the Altai Mountains (e.g., Xueyanto or Sheyanto, Shiban, Daqi), north of the ancient Kangju Statelet (e.g., Ye-tai, Hejie, Bahu, Bigan, Juhai, Hebeiji, Bayemo), east and west of Nihai (?) Sea (Sulujie, Sahu), south of the Beihai Sea (Dubo), and east of Byzantium (Eng'qu, A'lan, Beiru, Qiuli), numbering tens of thousands in each direction. History said the the Tiele people in the west were good at cultivation and they had more buffalos and less horses. The Tiele people would now include the Ye-tai, with a strong hint that the composition would be both Yüeh-chih and Hunnic.
By the end of the Kaihuang Era [581-600], King of Jinn (Yang Guang, i.e., later Sui Emperor Yangdi), defeated Bujia Khan of the Western Turks and dispersed the Tiele vassalage of the Turks. In the first year of the Daye Era, i.e. A.D. 605, Chuluo Khan attacked various Tiele Tribes as well as suspected the loyalty of the Xueyantuo Tribe. Chuluo Kkhan assembled hundreds of Xueyantuo chieftans and killed them all. Xueyantuo selected their own leader, Silifa and Sijin, and fought against Chuluo Khan. The Xueyantuo people declared themselves as Khan Yihuzhenmuohe. Khan Yihuzhenmuohe would take over Yiwu, Gaochang and Yanqi from the Turks.
Before Gaoche-Tiele, namely, in earlier Han times, there are simply too many tribal groups and states sandwiched between the Huns and the Han Chinese to pinpoint exactly where the Uygur [purportedly Huihe] ancestors came from. By the time of Sui-Tang, The Tiele tribes had over a dozen or so tribes which include the Xueyantuo (Sheyanto) tribe that the Uygurs defeated later. (The Xueyantuo Tribe was from the last name of 'Xue' and a conquered tribal name of 'Yantuo'.) The Huihe was comprised of four of the dozen or so Tiele tribes, including Pogu, Tongluo, Bayegu and Weiqi.
The Huihu Huihe was renamed to Huihu in A.D. 809. According to The Old History Of Five Dynasties, the Huihe people sent an emissary to the Tang court in A.D. 809 and claimed that they changed their name to Huihu [Huigu] by which they meant for a kind of eagle called 'hu' flying rotatingly in the skies. (The character for 'hu' could also be pronounced as 'gu' for a different bird called 'gu zhou', and could be pronounced as 'he' when combined with character 'hui'.)
It is a bit unscientific to use the names of Uygur and Huihe/Huihu interchangeably here. The above historic literature points to the Uygur's ancestor being the Huihe people. The name 'Uygur' was probably a mutation of Huihu. In Ming Dynasty's records, the name Wei-wu-er ('Uygur') was widely cited in the descriptions about their tributaries. I will come back to this naming in the section on Ming Dynasty.
Today's Uygurs, also spelled as UIGUR, UIGHUIR, UIGUIR, UYGHUR and WEIWUER in Mandarin, live largely in Xinjiang or the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (so-called Eastern Turkestan). They have a present population of over 10 million around or more. There are also considerable number of them in Western Turkestan which includes Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Among the Uygurs inside of China, there are three major groups, consisiting of the Yugur or Yellow Uygur in today's Gansu Province, and the Uygurs south and north of Khan Tengri (Tianshan Mountains). The nationalist Uygurs disputed the specific naming like the Kazaks, Uzbeks, and Turkmens etc, and they claimed they were of the same family.
The Huihe people would come into prominence during the Tang times. At Tang times, the Huihe people were a long time ally of Tang Chinese in campaigns against both the Eastern Turks and the Western Turks, at least for a time period of over 200 years to A.D. 840. The Huihe people had once ranked second to the Xueyantuo tribe among the eleven tribes which had helped Tang in defeating the Eastern Turkic Khanate in A.D. 630-640. For almost a hundred years, they would assert control over north Mongolia with the remaining Turks who re-established the Eastern Khanate in A.D. 682/683 in Mongolia and the Turkic Khanate in the Tarim Basin in A.D. 691.
Around A.D. 640s, the Uygurs helped the Tang army in quelling the rebellion of Turkic tribe 'Xueyantuo' which took advantage of emperor Taizong's first Korean expedition in attacking Tang. Tribes of the Huihe killed the khan of Xueyantuo tribe and hence controlled northern Mongolia where the Turkic tribe Xueyantuo once held. A review of the major Turkic tribes in Mongolia yielded a tribe called 'Sakiz Oghuz' or the Eight Oghuz with a smilar pronunciation to Xueyantuo. The historic records showed 'Sakiz Oghuz' was a name which existed in the 8th century, later than the fight between the Uygurs and the Xueyantuo tribes.
The Uygurs henced relocated to Mongolia and they ultimately set up the Uygur Kingdom in A.D. 744/45 after defeating the remnant Turks in the area. (The 'Sakiz Oghuz' tribe is said to have some remnants left in Mongolia.) When the Kirghiz defeated the Uygurs in A.D. 840 and took over northern Mongolia, there was a group of people called the Naimans who remained in their homelands in the Altai Mountains and attached themselves to the Kirghiz. The Naimans were said to be a Mongol name for a group of the Turkic tribe called 'Sakiz Oghuz'. (The Oghuz Turks would find their way to Anatolia, separately.)
The Huihe (Uygurs) & the Karlaks vs the Turks: Emperor Xuanzong, in A.D. 714, defeated Khan Mochuo of the Eastern Turk (Orhkon Turks) at Beiting [i.e., Lake Issuk-kul area] and won over the defection of Mochuo's brother-in-law. Back in 713, Governor-general Sun Quan of Youzhou Prefecture attempted to recover Yingzhou from Xi-Khitans by leading 20,000 army together with Li Kailuo & Zhou Yiti. At Lengjing, chieftan Li Dapu of Xi-Khitan ambushed the Chinese. Only Li Kailuo escaped. Li Dapu surrendered Sun Quan & Zhou Yiti to Khan Muchuo for execution as a show of alliance against China. The two parties hence allied to harass the Chinese border. Tang court sent emissary to the Turks for peace. Muchuo dispatched son Yangwozhi to the Tang court for marriage with Chinese princess. Emperor Xuanzong promised to marry over Prince Nanhe-xian the daughter of King SHu-wang. In spring of A.D. 714, Muchuo dispatched son Tong'e-tele and brother-in-law Huoba-xielifa-shishibi on an attack at Bei-ting Governor-general Office as a retaliation over Emperor Xuanzong's delay of releasing princess. Protector General Guo Qianguan ambushed the Turks outside of the citywall, pierced dead Tong'e, killed over half the Turk force, and chased Huoba. Huofa, being rebuked by Khan Muchuo, fled to seek asylum with Chinese together with wife and sons, and received the conferral of King Yanshan-jun-wang.
While the Western Khanate ended in the hands of the Turgesh and the Karluks, the Orkhon [Eastern] Khanate ended in the hands of the Huihe alliance. History said the Tang Chinese conspired to have the Bayegu and Huihe etc attack the Orkhon Turks of Khan Muchuo (Mo-ch'o). To check the Orkhon Turks, the Tang Chinese also allied with the Western Turks called the Turgesh [who were situated in today's Ili, between the Arabs and the Chinese] from A.D. 716 to A.D. 733. After Khan Mochuo was killed by the tribesmen from the Tiele Tribes, the Orkhon Turks came to terms with the Chinese, and their successors were said to have erected a stone monument cursing the Chinese for the treachery and the Tiele tribesmen for betrayal. The Uygurs ultimately set up the Uygur Kingdom in A.D. 744/45 after defeating the remnant Turks in the area.
After the Orkhon Turks were defeated by the Huihe and Bayegu etc, the Huihe (Uygurs) would control the Kirghiz and the Khitans. After the fall of Tang Dynasty (AD 619-907), three dynasties among Northern China's Five Dynasties (AD 907-960), i.e., Posterior Tang 923-936, Posterior Jinn 936-946, Posterior Han 947-950, were ruled by the Sha'to Turks. The remaining Orkhon Turks were not heard from after China's Five Dynasties time period. Uygurs (Uighurs) took refuge in Ganzhou and Xinjiang after being replaced by the Kirghiz.
The Huihe (Uygurs) vs the Kirghiz: Uygur nationalists claimed that "in A.D. 840, Tang Chinese emperor, in order to get rid of the encroachment of the Uygur (who were earlier invited by Tang emepror to come to Tang capital to quell rebellion) and wipe out the humilation, had incited the Kirghiz in attacking and replacing the Uyghurs in Mongolia. The Uygurs fled to Gansu [Kansu] province, south and north of Khan Tengri (Tianshan Mountains) and established three separate successive Uygur kingdoms."
According to New History Of Five Dynasties, Kirghiz belonged to the ancient 'Jiankun' Statelet which was located to the western-most of the Huns. At one time, during Tang Emperor Suzong's reign of A.D. 758-760, the Huihu (Uygur) conquered the Jiankun Statelet of the Kirghiz. The Kirghis allied themselves with Tibetans, Arabs and Karlaks. Kirghiz, with the help of a defector Huihu (Uygur) general and combining a cavalry forces of 100000, defeated Huihu (Uygur) and killed the Huihu khan around A.D. 840s. Tang emperors did not intend to support the Kirghiz as a replacement for the Uygurs for fear that someday the Kirghiz would pose a threat to Tang China as in the case of the former. It would be in A.D. 859 that Tang Emperor Xuandi decided to confer the Kirghiz the title of Khan Bravery-Intelligence.
The New History Of Five Dynasties said that the Kirghiz possessed lighter skin, red hair, green eyes and taller height, and that those Kirghiz with black hair must be the descendants of Li Ling. See the Hun section for more descriptions of Non-Mongolian Physiques.
Yellow Uygur: The Yugur or Yellow Uygur are one of China's 56 officially recognized nationalities, consisting of 12,297 persons according to the 1990 census. Linguistically, this group of people were classified by belonging to Mongol language. The Yugur live primarily in Gansu Province, in Sunan Yugur Autonomous County, within the county of Zhangye. The Yugur live in an area where four different language groups, Turkic, Mongolic, Chinese and Tibetan converge. The Yugur nationality itself consists of four linguistically different groups. The largest of these groups are the Turkic speaking Western Yugur. The Mongolian speaking Eastern Yugur number the next. A very small number of the Yugur speak Tibetan. The remaining Yugur of the Autonomous County speak Chinese. The Western Yugur are considered to be the descendants of a group of Uygur that fled from Mongolia southwards to Gansù after the collapse of the Uygur Empire in 840 A.D. The Yugur people have been living together for about six centuries.
In Turfan, a town of oasis famous for grapes, Hami melons (from seed introduced by Henry Wallace in 1940s) and mummies, not far away from Urumqi, there have been excavated a huge number of mummies. Those mummies are not of the kind of so-called "Loulan Beauty". They are all of Tang Dynasty Chinese from 1200 years ago, wealthy officials who chose this propitious place for their tombs which usually ran ten steps into a corridor underground, decorated with murals on both sides. People, especially Western people, however, are more interested in the Caucasoid mummies. Nova, in its TV series, had provided evidence that Caucasians did exist very close to China once upon a time. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/chinamum/taklamakan.html shows the excavations of mysterious 3000-year-old mummies in China's western desert, inside today's New Dominions Province.
NOVA pointed out that those preserved 3000-year-old mummies excavated in late 1980's show that Chinese civilization did not evolve alone and Western counterpart might have played an important role in elevating the Chinese via possible introduction of 'donkey carts' and wheels, and even bronze knives. It further extrapolated that those mummies belong to the so-called Tocharians (http://www.wlc.com/oxus/tocharia.htm) with a tongue that is more closely related to the languages of Indo-European origin. This leads me to say that it sounds almost like another revolution similar to the Indo-European invasion of ancient India. But, if the mummie people had so advanced system, they could have crushed Chinese the lowland sedentary people easily and accomplished the feats of the Huns thousands of years earlier. Besides, the Indo-European language would have replaced the pictographic Chinese language of today. http://homepages.utoledo.edu/nlight/uyghhst.htm had a good exposition of the "remarkably racialized ideas" and approaches built on basis of the mummies.
"Loulan Beauty", the name given to a woman excavated near Loulan and those exotic mummies, however, only corroborate the historical fact that the ancient Scythians, warrior tribes of Saka, had once roamed the Altaic region, with today's Kyrgyzstan as their base. The Scythians are a loosely denoted term for Caucasoid nomads, while the Huns, on the other hand, would point to another loosely-termed Mongoloid nomads who roamed the trans-Euroasian continent of the time.
The Scythians are better known in Persian, Rome and Greek records. Before the Scythians, there were the Cimerians of roughly 1000 BCE. http://www.geocities.com/kaganate/tribelist.html has a good account of historic Steppes nomad tribes, saying that the Scythians, approximately in the 8th century BCE, took the place of the Cimerians; that Scythians were related to the Saka in the area of modern Kazakhstan; and that the Amazons (possibly so-called Nü-ren or Women Statelet in Chinese records, and the Sarmatians, offspring of the Scythians and the Amazons, came onto the scene in roughly the 3rd century BCE. Alexander the Great met stiff resistance from Saka tribes in his 4th century BC advance through Central Asia. Later, the Yüeh-chih or Yuezhi people, a relative of the Saka people, migrated southwest in 141-128 BC to the Oxus Valley, i.e., the modern Amu Darya, after being defeated by the Huns in Gansu, China in 174-161 BC. The Yüeh-chih would push the Scyths out of their way and overran the Greco-Bactrian kingdom, which is renamed Tocharistan.
Continuing the mummy topic. Note more Tang Chinese mummies were found in Chinese Turkestan than Indo-Europeans mummies. http://homepages.utoledo.edu/nlight/uyghhst.htm had a good exposition of the "remarkably racialized ideas" and approaches built on basis of the mummies. More, further diggings in Loulan area, i.e., the ancient Salty Lake and Salty River (Peacock Rover), led to a site called by Xiaohe or the Little River, next to the Salty River (Peacock Rover), where Mongoloid Mummies were discovered. It appears to me there was indeed good carbon dating on Xiaohe excavation, saying "The entire necropolis can be divided, based on the archeological materials, into earlier and later layers. Radiocarbon measurement (14C) dates the lowest layer of occupation to around 3980 ± 40 BP (personal communications; calibrated and measured by Wu Xiaohong, Head of the Laboratory of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, Peking University), which is older than that of the Gumugou cemetery (dated to 3800)." The article claimed that the 'Mongoloid' mtDNA had similarity to some present South Siberian population. (For details, check http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7007/8/15 for the full article "Evidence that a West-East admixed population lived in the Tarim Basin as early as the early Bronze Age".) The linking of this certain mtDNA in Xiaohe/Loulan area to a modern Siberian population could be said to be circumvential at best since a lot of things had happened in the past 2-3000 years. It kind of had the same timing as the Mongoloid mummies that were discovered to the north and east of the Tianshan Mountain. More than what was found about the mtDNA at Xiaohe/Loulan, there were mummies of the Khams Tibetan type found to the further north, at the Tianshan-Altaic mountain areas, which presented a much more convincing point that the proto-Tibetan Qiangs had indeed crossed over the strip of the sand desert near Loulan to reach the north side of Tianshan. Possibly, the Khams [proto-]Tibetan, after reaching the Tianshan Mountain Range, moved towards Hami (Qumul) to the east as well, where there were the Hami (Qumul) Mongoloid mummies excavated.
In Turpan, archaeological finds made in the early 20th century will also include Nestorian literature and extant Manichaean literature. Whatever mummies, later historical developments point to the influx of Mongoloid people into this area, and today's residents in Central Asia possessed more Mongoloid lineage than Caucasoid. Further, after the people of Yüeh-chih/Scythians and before the rise of the Turks/Uygurs, there had existed numerous other groups of people: Huns, Ruruans (i.e., Juanjuans, successors of the Huns), Xianbei, Qiang, and Tuoba, making it difficult to trace the origins of Turkic people.
For further discussions on Barbarians & Chinese, please refer to
Relationship Between Shang Dynasty, Succeeding Zhou Dynasty & Barbarians
Difference Between Rong and Chinese In 'Culture', Not 'Blood-line'
Merging and Subjugating Barbarians By Zhou Dynasty & Principalities
Assertions By Luo Xianglin & Wang Zhonghan
Continuing Zigzags With Barbarians
Where Were the Yuezhi, Wusun & Sai-ren [Scythians]?
Hun, Xianbei & Tuoba: Hunnic Han Dynasty & Hunnic Zhao Dynasty (AD 304-329), set up in today's Shaanxi, Shanxi and Henan Provinces, ended when Shi Le's Posterior Zhao (Jiehu barbarians, one of the five nomadic groups "ravaging China at the time", comprising of Huns, Jiehu, Xianbei- Wuhuan-Tuoba, Qiang, & Di) usurped the power. Thereafter, the five nomadic groups would set up a dozen of short-lived states, categorically called "Sixteen Nations" in Chinese chronicle (prior to south-north dynasties), until Tuoba's Northern Wei united northern China in A.D. 386. Tuoba nomads are said to be the northern-most branch of the Xianbei nomads, the proto-Tunguz people who had descended from Dong-hu or Eastern Hu nomads. Dong-hu split into Xianbei in the north and Wuhuan in the south after they were defeated by Hunnic Chanyu Modok.
Tuoba Xianbei was recorded to have dwelled to the northeatern-most of all Xianbei, in a place called 'Ga Xian Dong', somewhere near the north segment of the Greater Xing'an Ridge. The Xianbei (Syanbiy) were the northern branch of the Donghu (or Tung Hu, the Eastern Hu), a proto-Tunguz group mentioned in Chinese histories. By the first century, two major subdivisions of the Donghu had developed: the Xianbei in the north and the Wuhuan in the south. The Xianbei expanded their territories by taking advantage of the Hunnic decline, and they took over most of the northern territories held by the Huns previously. There appeared a Xianbei chieftan called Tanshikui (reign A.D. 156-181) who established a Xianbei alliance by absorbing dozens of thousands of Huns (numbering 200 thousand). Tanshikui Xianbei dissolved after the death of this chieftan. By the time of Three Kingdoms Period (AD 220-280), the Wuhuan nomads took control of today's Hebei Province and Peking areas. Warlord Yuan Shao campaigned against the Wuhuan and controlled three prefectures of Wuhuan nomads. Before Tuoba's march towards northern China, the Xianbei people had absorbed most of the Wuhuan branch. Wuhuan fell apart after Cao Cao defeated Yuan Shao and his Wuhuan allies. After Ts'ao Ts'ao defeated Yuan Shao, Yuan's two sons (Yuan Shang and Yuan Xi) fled to seek refuge with the Wuhuans. Ts'ao Ts'ao campaigned against the Wuhuan, killed a chieftan called Datu (with same last character as Hunnic Chanyu Motu), and took over the control of southern Manchuria. Xianbei alliances would consist of Greater Xianbei under Budugeng, Lesser Xianbei under Ke'bineng, and Manchurian Xianbei. Cao Wei Dynasty broke a new Xianbei alliance by sending an assasin to kill a Xianbei chieftan called Kebineng. By the "Sixteen Nations" time period, Xianbei could be distinguished into: a) Eastern Xianbei; b) Western Xianbei; and c) Tuoba Xianbei. The Eastern Xianbei would include tribes like Yuwen, Murong and Duan, while the Western Xianbei would include Qifu & Tufa (to mutate into Tubo in Chinese and Tibet in English). One ancient Chinese account put early Yuwen tribe in the Hunnic category. The Xianbei would later establish many successive states along the Chinese frontier. Among these states was that of the Tuoba Xianbei, Tufa Xianbei and Murong Xianbei etc.
In earlier times of Western Jinn Dynasty, Tuobas were befriended by a Chinese border general called Liu Kun whose strategy was to "fight the aliens via the aliens". Liu Kun, a general famous for "practicing swords in early mornings at the sound of cock crow" with general Xie Xuan in their teenage times, had requested with Western Jinn emperor for the authorization to have the Tuoba settle down in today's Yanmenguan Pass, an area called the Dai prefecture in Qin Empire's times. Liu Kun would later die in the hands of his Xianbei ally in today's Beijing area. Tuobas, before their ascension to power, were at first very vulnerable to attacks from the Xianbei whose Murong (or Mujong) kingdom would evolve into Anterior Yan, Posterior Yan and Southern Yan. (Northern Yan is Chinese.)
Chinese family clans, such as Zu Di, Liu Kun & Xie Xuan, had undertaken the tasks of safeguarding the southern Chinese Jinn court or northern expeditions at the time of turmoil. Eastern Jinn Chinese, under the banner of General Liu Yu, would retake from the Xianbei nomads the garrisons in Hebei-Shandong areas of northern China, and then took over Shaanxi-Henan ares by defeating the Qiang nomads in today's Xi'an. However, General Liu Yu, eager to go back to Nanking to usurp the power (and formally started the history of South-North), would only leave his 13 year old son in charge of Xi'an, despite pleas from local elderly who said that they said they had not seen Han clothes for almost 100 years by that time and feared that they would be lost to the nomads again should General Liu leave. A short-lived Hunnic Dynasty, called Xia, would attack the Chinese in Xi'an. General Liu's son would barely escape alive after the Chinese generals had internal turmoils in face of Hunnic attacks. One general, Wang Zheng'er, a general responsible for taking Xi'an from the Qiangs in early campaigns and the grandson of Wang Meng who had aided Emperor Fu Jian of Anterior Qin (Di nomads) as prime minister, was killed by his comarade. The remnant Chinese then fled south. Tuobas, having emerging from Dai in the Shanxi Province area between A.D. 338 and 376, would take advantage of Chinese northern expedition against Xianbei and Qiang in establishing control over the region as the Northern Wei Dynasty (A.D. 386-533). Tuoba first defeated the Xianbei. Tuoba (Tuoba) would finish Hunnic Xia Dynasty soon and then unite northern China.
Ruruans, Kok Turks & Tuobas: Meanwhile, the Ruruans, a newly arising people, called Rouran or Rui-rui in Chinese (Juan-Juan), came into power in steppes north of the Altai Mountains in the 4th century AD. Western historians called the Ruruans by "Mongolian", a term that would not appear till the 14th century. The Ruruans lost the wars to the Tuoba Wei Dynasty in northern China, in a similar fashion as the Huns losing the war to the Han Chinese Dynasty.
The Ruruan founder, who was said to be a 'Hu' by the Tuoba people, was said to have the same origin with each other. In a conversation, the Tuoba people acknowledged the status of the Ruruan founder as being a 'slave' (i.e., a cavalry bodyguard). The Tuoba claimed heritage from Huangdi and hence dispised other nomads as 'Hu'. The terminology for 'Hu' was categorical. The Tuoba, in order to show their disdain for the Ruruans, despised the Ruruan and nicknamed them as 'ru ru' (i.e., crawling), meaning a kind of slow crawling insect crawling on the ground. Tuoba, claiming the Yellow Emperor heritage, certainly treated other nomads as barbarians the same way as the Han Chinese treating the Huns. There is one more comment in History Of Tuoba Wei Dynasty, namely, the founder of Ruruan might have origin in Eastern Hu nomads. Chinese records showed that the ancestor of the Ruruans was a Hu nomad who served as the bodyguard for the Tuoba founder. This person later offended the Tuoba founder and fled to the Altai Mountains where he subjugated the remaining Hunnic tribes and Gao-che people. Tuoba (Tuoba) treated the Ruruans as the descendants of the Huns and commented that "though the Ruruans were Hunnic in nature but their ancestry was hard to corroborate". On another occasion, Tuoba Wei Emperor agreed with the Rouran asylum-seeker that they were in deed from the same family, i.e., the Eastern Hu barbarians. (See Li Yanshou's Bei Shi, namely, History Of The North. Alternatively speaking, it is no strange to see non-Chinese websites advocating a school of thought stating that Ruruan [Zhuzhan], like Tuoba, were people of Eastern Mongolia and Western Manchuria and that "from the IInd and up to the IVth centuries, Altai lived under the influence of Syanbiy tribes. From the end of the IVth century the Altaian tribes were subjugated by the Zhuzhans ... and were to pay tribute to them [by ironware]." Also see http://www.altai-republic.com/history/altai_history_eng.htm for details.)
But after the Ruruan founder fled to the Altai Mountains, he conquered and absorbed remnant Hunnic tribes and Gao-che people there. The Ruruans and Gao-che people warred with each other as well as allied with each other. Hence, the Ruruans were more Hunnic than anyone else. History Of Tuoba Wei Dynasty further commented that the "Ruruans, though the descendants of the Huns, could not have their exact ancestry traced."
Western history books stated that "in c. 370, the so-called Huns were pressured by the Ruruans into invading Europe from the Central Asian steppe." We could say that the Ruruans were more Hunnic than the Western Huns they drove away towards the Europe, especially so after the Ruruans subjugated the remaining Hunnic tribes in the area. Western history recorded that the Attila Huns were so savage and barbaric that they ate raw meat. This life style was totally different from those eastern Huns who were semi-sinicized and civilized. A brief discussion of the relationship between the Ruruans and the remnant Hunnic statelets to the west and northwest is needed. To the west and northwest of Ruruans will be Hunnic tribes such as Nie-ban [Nirvana], Jian-kun [Kirghisz] and Su-te [Sogdiana] etc.
The Ruruans employed a group of people called the Turks as slaves or serfs working in the iron mines in the Altai Mountains. The Turks, after rearing the Tiele Tribes on behalf of the Ruruans, competed against the Ruruans. The Turks, who incorporated the Tiele tribes, ultimately defeated and exterminated the Ruruans, hencing taking over the steppe and today's Chinese Turkestan as the new master. In northern China, the remnant Huns, who served in Tuoba's army, rebelled in today's Wuyuan area, Inner Mongolia in A.D. 523. The Tuobas, together with the Ruruans, cracked down on the Huns. Thereafter, the Tuobas moved over 200 thousand Huns to today's Hebei province.
Northern Wei split into Eastern and Western Wei Dynasties in A.D. 534. At almost the same timeframe, the Turks rebelled against the Ruruans in A.D. 546-553, and they defeated the Ruruans and forced the Ruruan khan into seeking refuge inside of Western Wei. The Turks succeeded the Ruruans in controlling the vast land west and northwest of China. This Turkic empire would be called Turkic Khaganate (552-744 A.D.), alternatively called Kok Turk.
The later Turks would be more complicated than the early Turks as a result of expansion and assimilation, and the later Turks would include Khazars, Pechenegs, Cumans, Sabirs, Saragurs, Kuturgurs, Barsils and Seljuks etc. To fully understand how Western Turks evolved, multiplied and expanded, some serious studies need to be conducted as to how the Tiele Tribes warred with each and allied with each other. See Turk versus Tiele (Tara or Tole) for further explanations.
The early Turks came to their apex in A.D. 593. Both Sui Dynasty and Tang Dynasty would play the trick of dissension among Turkic khans. Eastern Khans would end in the hands of Xueyantuo, a Tiele Tribe. Western Khanate would be dispersed by Tang armies. Remaining Eastern Turks, i.e., Orchon Turks, would officially end when the ancestors of Uygurs defeated them and set up the Huihe Kingdom in A.D. 744
In the west, the Khazer Turks allied with the Sassanians of Persia to destroy the Hephthalite Empire of the White Huns in 553-68. A Turkic khan sent emissaries to Byzantium in A.D. 568, about 9 centuries before other Turks were to take over the city of Constantinople. In 572-91, the Khazer Turks and the Byzantines allied against the Sassanian Persia. In 576, the Turks invaded the Caucasus and established the Khazar Khanate, Khazaria where they were converted into Judiaism in AD 740 by Jewish immigrants who came from Persia after the Arab conquest. In Asia Minor, the Western Turks allied with the Sassanian Persians (Chosroes of Persia) in A.D. 565, dividing the Ephthalite empire of the White Huns. To the east of the Gobi, the Eastern Turks defeated the Khitans who were possibly related to the Xi people and the Shiwei tribes.
The two Wei dynasties would be usurped by Xianbei-origin generals to become Northern Qi Dynasty (A.D. 550-577) and Northern Zhou Dynasty (A.D. 557-581), separately. The Turks had earlier helped the Ruruans by cracking down on the Tiele Tribe and absorbing about 50,000 people. Then, the Turks proposed to the Ruruan Khan for a marriage with the princess. The Ruruans cursed the Turks about the marriage, and the Turks killed the Ruruan messenger and cut off relations with their Ruruan master. The Turks then proposed for marriage with Western Wei Dynasty and obtained Princess Changle of Tuoba-Wei royal family, certainly with the nodding approval of the later founder of Northern Zhou Dynasty. The Turks then attacked the Ruruans and the Ruruan royals fled to Northern Zhou. Turks forced Northern Zhou into handing over the Ruruan khan whose royal family, numering in 3000, were slaughtered by Turks while still being deported inside the boundary of Northern Zhou. Turks played Northern Qi and Northern Zhou against each other for tributes. Northern Zhou, located to the west of China's central plains, used Han Chinese "intermarriage" strategy in marrying their princesses over to the Turks, with one princess re-married to successor Turk kings three more times. At one time, the Turks and Northern Zhou combined their forces in attacking Northern Qi of today's Shandong province, but were defeated by Qi army.
Ruruans, Ephthalites (White Huns) & Avars: The Ruruans are the successors to the Huns. They were famous for introducing a new cavalry warfare called the stirrup. We called it "introducing" because they did not invent "stirrups", an art of war which led to the feudal class of the European Middle Ages according to Lynn White (Medieval Technology and Social Change). Primitive stirrups had appeared much earlier. Many excavations of tombs in northern Korea showed that the Xianbei barbarians had developed some form of stirrups. It was the Xianbei nomads who are frequently mentioned as mercenaries of Jinn Chinese in fighting the Huns and Jiehus on behalf of the Chinese emperors.
The Ruruans once helped the Tuobas in cracking down on the Huns. But soon they were defeated by the Turks. According to the Chinese chronicle, the Ruruan khan and his family, who sought refuge inside of China, were handed over to the Turks, and they were brutally slaughtered by the Turks while still within the boundary of Northern Zhou Dynasty (AD 557-581), en route of being deported. Before the rebellion of the Turks, the Ruruans --who had the same Dong-hu origin as the Tuoba -- moved west after being pressured by the Tuoba's Wei Dynasty, some of them said to have reached Hungary by the 6th century, where they were called Avars.
http://www.best.com/~heli/wargame/variant/maharaja/eph.txt mentioned that in A.D. 522, the time of the apex of Ephthalite power, some Ruruan (Juan-Juan) chief fled to the Ephthalites for protection. In A.D. 552, the Turks, after overthrowing the Ruruans, began conflicts with the Ephthalites (White Huns). In A.D. 565, the Western Turks and Chosroes of Persia allied to capture and divide the Ephthalite empire. (Father of Sassanian Persian King Chosroes, Kubad, were previously twice placed on Sassanid throne with the help of the Ephthalites.) Chosroes married a daughter of the Turk chief Sinjibu. The Turkic chief Sinjibu conquered the Hephthalites and killed their king.
Avar is also the same name as the Avars formed by remaining Hephthalites (White Huns). Hephthalites moved west to the Russian steppe to form the Avar Khanate late 6th cent after its Hephthalite Empire was destroyed by the Turks and Sassanians in today's Iran in A.D. 553-568. http://www.silk-road.com/heph.htm stated that the White Huns "disappeared by 565 ... only small number of them survived. Some surviving groups living south of Oxus escaped Chosroes' grasp ... later fell to Arab invaders in the 7th century. One of the surviving groups fled to the west and may have been the ancestors of the later Avars in the Danube region."
(The Chinese character 'hua', similarly, was abused by non-Chinese enthusiasts for the Chinese history. In Xia-Shang Dynasty, I had alerted to the morphology extrapolation of what I cited there as to the pronunciation of 'hua' and 'xia', and pointed out one such fallacy of equating 'hua' [slippery] to 'hua' [flowery] seen at http://encyclopedia.lockergnome.com/s/b/Huaguo. Should Southern Liang Dynasty [AD 502-557], in inscriptions on Liang chih-kung-t'u, fail to speculate more on the "Hua-guo" [Avar or Hephthalites] other than a claim that it was possibly a country founded by the descendants of a Western Territory chieftan called "San-hua" [three slippery] who followed General Ban Yong of Han Dynasty in campaigns, then who are you to claim that this 'Hua' [slippery] was the same as China's Hua [flowery] or Zhou Dynasty's vassal "hua-guo"? )
The History of the Ye-tai (White Huns) & Their Relationship To the Yuezhi: The Hephthalites (or the Ephthalites or Epthalites or Hunas or White Huns or Hayathelites or Ye-tai) crossed (AD 425) the Syr Darya (Jaxartes) River and invaded Persia, conquered Kabul's Kushans (founded in c. A.D. 50 by Kujula Kadphises who united the five Yüeh-chih tribes and established the Kushan Empire stretching from Persia to Transoxiana to Tarim Basin to the Ganges in Upper Indus).
The Yüeh-chih had migrated southwest in 141-128 BC to the Oxus Valley, i.e., the modern Amu Darya, after being defeated by the Huns in 174-161 BC. Under the attacks of Wusun Statelet, they moved on to take over the Bactria (called Daxia in Chinese), which is renamed Tocharistan. Around that time, the Scythians (called the 'Sai' people in Chinese), allied with Parthians, had already conquered the Greco-Bactria kingdom by defeating the remaining divided Greeks there. After 135 BC, the Scythians or Sakas and Parthians, known as Pahalavas in India, would enter India under the pressure of the Yüeh-chih. By 75 BC, Scythians took over Punjab, and by 25 BC, Scythians terminated the Greek rule in India.
The Kushans followed the path of the Scythians in entering India, reducing the Sakas to the tributary vassal in the Punjab. Kushans' expansion towards Chinese Turkistan was checked by General Pan Ch'ao in A.D. 90. Kushans allied with Romans in skipping their common enemy in trade, Parthia, by linking China/India to the Roman Empire via the Indian Sea. Emperor Trajan received the Kushan emissary in A.D. 99. The Kushans will be responsible for reviving Buddhism and propogating it across Central Asia and to China.
Hephthalites (White Huns or Ye-tai) crossed the Syr Darya (Jaxartes) River in A.D. 425, invaded Persia, conquered Kabul's Kushans. In 473-479, the Ye-tai conquered Sogdiana (Samarkand), driving the Kidarites Yüeh-chih to the west. (Modern Tadjisks were said to be descendants of the Yüeh-chih.)
After the Ye-tai conquered Bactria, they settled down in Afghanistan. They first invaded India in A.D. 455 but were defeated by the Gupta forces under Skandagupta. They invaded India again in 464. In A.D. 465-470, they conquered Gandhara, setting up a Tegin (a viceroy). In India, they temporarily overthrew the Gupta empire but were eventually defeated in A.D. 528 by a Hindu coalition. Though they were defeated by the Hindus and had to seek refuge in Kashmir in A.D. 528, their damages to the Gupta empire and Buddhism were irremediable. The Gupta Empire of India ended in A.D. 535. While the White Huns in Central Asia were broken by the Turks and disappeared, their Indian members settled down and became absorbed into Hindu society.
In the east, the Ye-tai conquered Khotan and Kashgar, and in A.D. 493-508 extended influence as far as Zungaria, then Turfan [?] and Karashar [?]. Chinese historians disapproved the claim of Ye-tai expansion into Chinese Turkistan. We will come back to this topic another time. Between 507 and 531, the Ye-tai, under king named Ye-dai-yi-li-tuo, sent thirteen emissaries to Tuoba's Northern Wei (AD 439-534). Approximately AD 522, the Ye-tai dominated north and south of the Tien Shan range, controlling as far as Tieh-lo in the south, Gaoche (Kao-ch`e^) in the north, to Khotan in the east, and up to Persia in the west. Based in today's Pakistan, the Ye-tai had once controlled forty countries in the whole Asia Minor area. History Of the Northern Dynasties mentioned that the Ye-tai people lived to the south of the Altai Mountains and to the west of the ancient Yu-Tian Statelet. (Yu-Tian Statelet was recorded to be the only statelet in the west where the people looked similar to the Chinese.) About 30 statelets, including Kang-ju, Shu-le and Yu-tian, submitted to the Ye-tai rule. The Ye-tai had inter-marriage with the Ruruans. From A.D. 455 onward, Ye-tai sent emissaries to Tuoba Wei Dynasty, and in A.D. 553 to Western Tuoba Wei Dynasty. They visited southern China as well. On Southern Liang Dynasty [AD 502-557] tribute pictorial, i.e., Liang chih-kung-t'u, "Hua-guo" statelet was on number one spot. In A.D. 558, they paid tribute to Northern Zhou, but later they were defeated by the Turks. Around A.D. 610s, Ye-tai sent emissary to Sui Dynasty.
History Of Tuoba Wei Dynasty said that the White Huns or Ye-tai people were a branch of the Yüeh-chih. History Of Jinn Dynasty also mentioned that Ye-tai was just a family name of Yüeh-chih people. History Of the Northern Dynasties also mentioned that the Ye-tai people could be either of the same origin as Yüeh-chih or they could be of the same family as the ancient Gaoche Statelet.
The timing of the Hun migration to Europe in A.D. 370 and the White Hun in A.D. 440 to Transoxiana, Bactria, Khurasan, and eastern Persia is pretty close; however, the directions of movement are not the same. "There is no definite evidence that they (i.e., White Huns) are related to the Huns. .." According to Chinese records, this group of people were called "Ye-tai" who lost the wars to the Turks. History Of Tuoba Wei Dynasty also mentioned the existence of Turkic tents in the 4th century, much earlier than the Turkic rebellion against the Ruruans. The Ye-tai people were first mentioned by the Chinese, who described them (A.D. 125) as living in Dzungaria.
There are quite some confusion here about the Ephthalites or Ye-tai. Procopius, a Greek, wrote that they had "white bodies and countenances which are not ugly", but 'short and ugly in their features' according to the Chinese pilgrim Xuanzang, remarks made while seeing a small settlement of 'White Huns' by Kunduz in the Hindu Kush in A.D. 644 A.D. They were said to have originally lived in Dzungaria in A.D. 125, and because of the pressure from the Ruruan (Juan-juan), moved south from the Altai region to occupy Transoxiana, Bactria, Khurasan, and eastern Persia in A.D. 440. According to http://www.silk-road.com/heph.htm, "they probably stemmed from a combination of the Tarim basin people and the Yüeh-chih. There is a striking resemblance in the deformed heads of the early Yüeh-chih and Hephthalite kings on their coinage." But according to http://www.best.com/~heli/wargame/variant/maharaja/eph.txt, "Iranian customs also are common in the Ephthalite world. For example, the practice of several husbands to one wife, or polyandry, was always the rule, ... Tellingly, polyandry has never been associated with any Hun tribe, but is known of several Central Asian ones, including the Aryans in India, other Indo-Europeans and probably in prehistoric Iran."
Lack of written records from the Asia Minor, Caucusus and Volga areas has led to the above historical confusion in regards to the Ruruan Avars and the Hephthalite Avars. Some recounts of the above events are intended to alert the readers about the riddles of Central Asia which will now be complicated further by the introduction of Takla Makan mummies. The Avars would be there to stay. The Avars, together with Persians, attacked Byzantium in A.D. 626. Charlemagne the Great would face the Avars and the Slavs for control of Carinthia and Bohemia in the late 8th century.
Turks Of Afghanistan & the Hindus: Turks were not the first Moslems to invade India. Before the Turks converted to Islam, their ancestors were in fact believers of Buddhism. It is a bit ironic to see the later Turks dealing a devastating blow to Buddhism. Arabs of the Umayyad caliphate first invaded India in A.D. 711 and captured Sind. But the Arabs stopped here and were satisfied with exacting a poll tax in exchange for allowing the Indians to have their own religion. But the Turks turned out to be some people who would turn India upside down. The Turks, with almost heroic episodes of slaves turning into kings, as in the case of their first rebellion against the Ruruans and the later Egyptian Mamluks' wrestling Damascus from the Mongols, would produce several figures of similar background in its warfare against India. The Turks of Ghazni in Kabul, Afghanistan would have a slave, called Sabuktegin, as their king. In A.D. 989 and 991, respectively, he raided into the Indus, and his successor, Mahmud of Ghazni, waged 17 wars against India between A.D. 997 and 1030, and he annexed Punjab. After the Ghazni, the Ghoris, a mountain Turkic principality in Western Afghanistan, would succeed the Ghaznavids in conquering India under Muhammad Ghori. Ghori's slave, Kutbu-d-din Aibak, was appointed as a general and this person slaughtered all monks and destroyed monasteries in A.D. 1199. Hindu Kush, in fact, meant for the 'Blood of the Indians'. In A.D. 1200, Aibak invaded Bengal and the Rajput principalities in northern India all ended. An internal rebellion, which killed Ghori, made Aibak declare to be the sultan of the slave dynasty in Delhi in A.D. 1206. The Delhi dynasties continued three dynasties, Slave, Khilji and Tughlak, till A.D. 1388. In between, the Genghis Khan Mongols once pursued the son of Kharism sultan to the Punjab in A.D. 1220, and the Turks repelled Mongol invasion from 1246 to 1287. Timur would sack Delhi in A.D. 1398. Babur, after losing Fergana Valley, entered Kabul with 300 followers in A.D. 1504, and then invaded Lodi, India in A.D. 1526. The successor, Akbar, would take measures to remove discriminatory policies against the Hindus as well as removed the poll tax. Though those rulers invariably claimed the Mongol or Mugul heritage, their Turkic elements might weigh more than the Mugal.
The concept of 'Turks' in ancient times is not the same as that of today. We already mentioned the difference between Turkish, Turkic and Turk. In the discussions on the origin of Turks and Uygurs above, we had ascribed the term 'Turk' to the most restrictive definition, namely, those early Turks who rebelled against the Ruruans and then split into two parts of Eastern Khnanate and Western Khnanate. Around A.D. 740s, the Eastern Khnanate Turks, aka the Orkhon Turks under Khan Muchuo (Mo-ch'o), were defeated by the Uygurs and the Karlaks as a purported result of conspiracy by the Tang Chinese. After this defeat, Chinese history said the Eastern Turks were still paying pilgrimage to Tang Dynasty regularly. The remaining Orkhon Turks were not heard from after China's Five Dynasties. Western History books, in order to make a distinction between the Turks and the Mongols, would fallaciously claim that the Turks were 'finally' expelled in A.D. 924 by the Khitans (i.e., Kitai, to evolve into the name of Cathay for China). Among the tribes in Genghis Khan's Mongolia of the 13th century, there would be various designations like Turkic (Kyrgyz, Kerait, Uygur), Mongol (Oirat, Tartar, ) and Turko-Mongol (Naiman, Merkit) --all appearing to this webmaster to be a fallacious way of reading the origin and development of the steppe people.
Western Turkic Khanate, however, had already been dispersed by the Tang's westward expansion in 651 AD. After the defeat of Western Khante, the Tibetans competed with the Tang Chinese for the control of Chinese Turkistan and Central Asia. Chinese history recorded that altogether ten Western Turkic family names continued existence in Central Asia, and that at one time, the Tibetans proposed to the Tang Chinese to have a 50-50 division of the ten families. Remnant Western Turks would be Turkic tribes like the Turgesh and the Karlaks (Qarluk). The Karlaks replaced the Turgesh as a major power in Central Asia. In A.D. 751, the Tang Chinese army of 30 thousand, led by General Gao Xianzhi (governor-general of the four cities of Chouci-Yutian-Shule-Suiye), were invited by locals to counter the Arab invasion. However, the Karluks defected to the Arabs. Kao's army were defeated by the alliance of the Arabs and the Karluks. Kao-hsien-chih barely escaped home alive. (Gao Xianzhi was spelled Kao-hsien-chih or Ko Son-ji in Korean. Gao was the son of Korguryo General Ko Sagye who was captured by the Tang army during the Chinese expedition against the Korean peninsula and then served Tang Dynasty.) Hence the Karluks controlled today's western China while the Huihe [Uygurs] controlled Mongolia and the Gobi. After the Kirghiz (who were conquered by the Huihe [Uygurs] in A.D. 758-760) defeated the Huihu (Uygur) and killed the Huihu khan around A.D. 840s, some Uygur families fled to the Karlaks for protection, while some fled to the Tibetans for asylum.
Turks would migrate like their predecessors. During the course of the history, we saw similar patterns of migration. The Yüeh-chih migrated southwest in 141-128 BC to the Oxus Valley after being defeated by the Huns in 174-161 BC, and they pushed out the Scythians. The son of Yüeh-chih was ordered to stay behind and they were referred to as the Yüeh-chih Minor who survived in Western China for hundreds of years. The Scythians went to take over Greco-Bactria kingdom, and they, under the pressure of the Kushan Yueh-chih, entered India after 135 BC and finished the last remaining Greeks there. Kushan Yüeh-chih followed the path of the Scythians certainly and they would dominate Central Asia for hundreds of years. Then, Hephthalites (White Huns or Ye-tai) crossed the Syr Darya (Jaxartes) River in A.D. 425, invaded Persia, conquered Kabul's Kushans. After the decline of the Huns, Tuobas took over northern China and pressed the Ruruans westward. The Ruruans, in turn, pressured the Huns (?) into invading Europe in A.D. 370 around. I would stress again that the Ruruans were more Hunnic than those they drove off towards Europe. Turks rebelled against the Ruruans in A.D. 546-553. In Asia Minor, the Turks allied with Sassanian Persians (Chosroes of Persia) in A.D. 565, dividing Ephthalite empire of the White Huns. Some people claimed that the remaining Hephthalites (White Huns) moved west to the Russian steppe to form the Avar Khanate late 6th cent, and some people also claimed that the earlier Ruruans had fled westward to form the Avars. Just bear in mind that the Ruruan (Juan-Juan) chief had fled to the Ephthalites for protection and the kinsmenship between the two could be a factor. (The History Of Tuoba Wei Dynasty said that the White Huns or Ye-tai people were a branch of the Yüeh-chih.) In 576, another group of Turks invaded the Caucasus and established the Khazar Khanate
Western Turkic people, notably the Khazars, Cumans, and Pechenegs, had played important roles in the medieval history of South Russia and Southeastern Europe. The affiliations with the Magyars, Avars, and Székely in Hungary, Ukraine, the Balkans would be too complicated a topic to be included here.
http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/history/A0827540.html pointed out that "Khazars are a group of ancient Turkic people who appeared in Transcaucasia in the 2d cent and subsequently settled in the lower Volga region. Emerging in the 7th cent, the Khazars extended their control, during 8th-10th centuries, from the northern shores of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea to the Urals and as far westward as Kiev. They conquered the Volga Bulgars and the Crimea, levied tribute from the eastern Slavs, and warred with the Arabs, Persians, and Armenians. In the 8th cent, the Khazar nobility embraced Judaism. The Khazar empire fell when Sviatoslav, duke of Kiev, defeated its army in A.D. 965." The Khazars (or Chazars) are believed by some to have been the ancestors of many East European Jews.
http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/society/A0838008.html continued saying that "Pechenegs or Patzinaks, in the 8th and 9th cent, inhabited the region between the lower Volga and the Urals. Pushed west (c.889) by the Khazars and Cumans, they drove the Magyars before them and settled in southern Ukraine on the banks of the Dnieper. They long harassed Kievan Rus and even threatened (934) Constantinople. After unsuccessfully besieging Kiev (968) and killing the Kievan duke Sviatoslav (972), they were defeated (1036) by Yaroslav and moved to the plains of the lower Danube. Attacked (1064) by the Cumans, many Pechenegs were slain or absorbed. After once more besieging Constantinople (c.1091), they were virtually annihilated by Emperor Alexius I. There were some significant communities of Pechenegs in Hungary today. Cumans or Kumans, identified with the Kipchaks (or the western branch of the Kipchaks) and known in Russian as Polovtsi, had come from northwestern Asian Russia. They conquered Southern Russia and Walachia in the 11th cent., and for almost two centuries warred intermittently with the Byzantine Empire, Hungary, and Kiev. In the early 12th cent. the main Cuman forces were defeated by the Eastern Slavs. The Mongols decisively defeated the Cumans in A.D. 1245. Some were sold as slaves, and many took refuge in Bulgaria and also in Hungary, where they were gradually assimilated into the Hungarian culture. Others joined the khanate of the Golden Horde (also called the Western Kipchaks)."
In Asia Minor and Anatolia would be the Seljuks and the Osmanli or Ottoman Turks, both members of the Oghuz confederations. http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/society/A0861663.html continued saying that "the Arab annexation of the area of ancient Sogdiana in the 7th cent brought the Oghuz Turks into direct contact with the Abbasid caliphate and later the Persian Empire. The Turks, who embraced the Sunni Muslim faith, began to migrate to the Middle East. At first as mercenaries for the Abbasids, the Turks would become the actual rulers of the empire. At the beginning of the 11th cent, Seljuk Turks, led by Tughril Beg, conquered Khwarazm and Iran. They entered Baghdad in 1055, with Tughril Beg proclaimed sultan. His successor, Alp Arslan, conquered Georgia, Armenia, and much of Asia Minor, overran Syria, and defeated (1071) the Byzantine emperor Romanus IV at Manzikert, opening Byzantium (except for a small area around Constantinople) to Seljuk and Turkmen occupation. After final downfall of the Seljuk empire in 1157, all the Seljuk states were overrun in the 13th cent by Jenghiz Khan and his successors, whose hordes comprised both Mongols and Turks and became generally known as Tatars. After the Mongol wave had receded, the Osmanli Turks, a minor tribe and the last of the Turkish invading people who had been assigned in 13th cent to the border area of the Byzantine Empire by their Seljuk overlords, would complete the overthrow of the Byzantine Empire. Highly disciplined, they would, in the 14th cent, make themselves masters of the ruins of the Seljuk empire in Anatolia. Their historic ruler ... [Suleyman the Magnificient], at one period, ruled from Vienna to the Indian Ocean and from Tunis to the Caucasus. The people of modern Turkey, founded after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, are direct descendants of Osmanli Turks. The original Osmanlis had merged at an early stage with the Seljuks, and their descendants mixed extensively with Muslim converts from the Ottoman Empire."
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