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Today, ethnicity is used mostly for gaining benefits and the special treatment, as in the case of 'familyhood planning'. People of the Manchu descent or Sinicized Muslims (the Hui minority), for example, might be able to raise more than one child. During my college years, several classes were set up to enroll minority students, only. Though, the Uygurs complained about forced abortions frequently. In another sense, the corruption of the Chinese bureaucracy and apparatus had produced such phenomenon as 'second wife' or 'third wife' among the rich Chinese men, making 'familyhood planning' a joke or an extra mechanism for various parasite officials to milk the ransom money nationwide.
Also important as to the Chinese ethnicity will be the ongoing defection of the Chinese compatriots to the West as a result of loss of the national and ethnic pride and dignity, with pursuit of the economic betterment and interests certainly the main factor. Conspicuous would be China's female "obsequiousness" and "sycophancy". There is a writing on a Joy Luck Club of 500 Chinese women in a small Switzerland city. Note it is more than a fad of dying hair for those women who married the European men of various ages. And, China's prostitution, no matter for money or for going overseas or for both or for a racial change, had first revived in early 1980s around guesthouse and hotels where the foreigners stayed.
All walks of people had chosen to flee or leave the country. In the early 1990s, a flurry of freight ships, with illegal Chinese immigrants, sailed towards the American coasts. The 'Golden Venture' stranded on the beach of Long Island, causing numerous drowned deaths when those illegal immigrants attempted to swim to the shore, and another boat stealthily sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge to dock at the Fishermen's Wharf, resulting a manhunt across the city of San Francisco and ending in surrender of several refugees by the 'safe haven' of a church. The exile never ends. Most recent case would be the suffocation death of dozens of Chinese in a container truck near Dover of Britain. To understand how desperate the Chinese peasants are, just note that seven coolies, who smuggled out of China, stranded into Iraq during the Easter weekend of year 2004, only to be caught by Iraqi as "Japanese hostages". More, on June 10th 2004, while George W. Bush was playing with Saddam's trophy pistol, terrorists killed 11 Chinese construction workers of peasant background in northern Afghanistan of Kunduz. The ten peasants from Shangrao of Jiangxi Province left behind dozens of kids and 10 widows. China Railway Shisiju [14th Bureau] Group Corporation paid those peasants merely US$10 per day !!! And, Chinese insurance company refused to provide the indemnity to the families of the victims on the pretext that terrorism attack was not in the clause.
Dignity and pride gone notwithstanding, China and the Chinese people are suffering unprecedented crisis in belief, morality and values. In today's China, a land void of morality and values, everything could be for sale, not restricted to women and baby girls. It was widely noted that China's women had been smuggled across the Straits to Taiwan and Southeast Asia and transported as far as Arabia, Europe and America for prostitution. Quite a proportion of them should be considered "voluntarily engaged" in this business. The World Health Organization, in its dealings with Communist China on the matter of pregnancy prevention and women's health, had obtained communist government's shameless acknowledgement that China was in possession of 6 million women engaged in prostitution ! (Actual numbers could be much much worse, and those women could be ONLINE now. And, as much as 10% of China's gross national product could be related to prostitution-driven industries.) Hordes of shameless prostitutes had bought visas to America with apparent acquiesce of American consulate officials and continued their shameless dealings, as evidenced by their massage advertizings in major metropolitan newspapers in U.S. (It was said that some of those operations could be understaken by overseas communist agents, as seen in some high-profile cases of Taiwain officials seduced by the mainland communist agents in Thailand and elsewhere.) Poverty-stricken families were quoted to have encouraged their children in "going far and away", "no coming home without a fortune", and "marrying a oceanic [Western] man for goodness' sake". What a humiliation the Chinese nation and people are imposing on themselves !
Today's Chinese and China is a tragedy in sharp contrast with the Chinese 100 years ago. While there are many similarities between the time periods of late Manchu Dynasty and today's degenerating Communist China, one important distinction would be the patriotism and devotion of Chinese revolutionaries in the early 20th century and the loss of national and ethnic pride and dignity among the Chinese of the 21st century. One century ago, especially after Manchu Qing's 1905 abolition of the imperial civil service exam, innumerable talented revolutionaries pursued overseas studies in Japan and the West, but they had mostly returned for service under Manchu Qing's government and the New Army, served as a generation of revolutionaries with progressive thinking and ideals, and played the pivotal role in the 1911 soldier uprising at Wuchang, Hubei Province. And, the overseas Chinese, entitled the 'Mother of Revolution' by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, had made extraordinary contributions in both the monetary aid and personal sacrifice. For example, about half of 72 martyrs buried on the Huanghuagang [yellow flower] Hill in Canton, i.e., participants of the March 29th, 1911 uprising against Manchu China, had been young overseas Chinese. During WWII, in Vietnam, young ethnic Chinese launched the truck driving schools for service inside of China, and about 3,033 drivers and technicians returned to China for serving on the Sino-Burmese Highway.
To re-ignite national and ethnic confidence, there is a need to re-examine the origin of the Chinese nation and to dispell some ill-intended claims as to the non-Mongoloid origin of the Chinese civilization, apparently deviation of the "racial approach" in regards to the origin of civilization. (Arnold J. Toynbee, in 1910s, already refuted the racial approach to the origin of civilizations. Civilization was born out of challenges, not due to the superiorness of a certain racial or ethnic group, per Toynbee.)
The Nativity of Origin of the Chinese Civilization vs External Factors
There are several claims about the external factors in the creation of the Chinese people, namely, the Chinese could be from the Nile Valley where the pictographic characters first appeared, or the ancient Chinese could be linked to the Indo-Europeans whose mummies are discovered in the Loulan areas of today's Xinjiang. Scholar Luo Xianglin pointed out that Frenchman Terrien Lacouperie was the first to propose the fallacious claim of Babylon as the "Western Origin Of The Early Chinese Civilization" in 1894. Very likely, renowned scholar Wang Guowei followed through with the 'Babylon' line of thought, fallaciously proposing the notion of linking 'Hua' to the Avars and 'Xia' to the Tu-huo-luo kingdom in Central Asia. Wei Juxian (in Hongkong) & Zhang Guangzhi (in America) further carried on the fallacy: Wei Chu-hsien committed a fatal mistake in extrapolating on the tin decipher for the city of Wuxi ["no tin"] and polarized the Xia-Shang dynastic substitution as a fight between Mongoloid [Negroid be in Wei's apparently blown-away alternative writing] and Caucasoid, i.e., a fallacy that scholar Luo Xianglin opposed to. (http://homepages.utoledo.edu/nlight/uyghhst.htm had a good exposition of the "remarkably racialized ideas" and approaches built on basis of the mummies. Nova, in its TV series, 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. Note more Tang Chinese mummies were found in this area than Indo-Europeans mummies.) Note that the 'SanMiao' people were mostly relocated to western China to guard against the western barbarians by Lord Shun as punishment for their aiding Dan Zhu (the son of Lord Yao [reign 2357-2258 BC ?]) in rebellion. Hence, the Sino-Tibetan speaking San Miao people had dwelled in Gansu much earlier than the later recorded misnomer 'Indo-European' Yuezhi people at the time of the Hunnic-Yuezhi War of the 3rd century BCE, by about 2000 years at minimum. Should the Yuezhi be actually related to the Sinitic Chinese, then they had to be the descendants of the San-miao and Yun-surnamed Xianyun barbarians who were exiled to the west by lord Shun in the 2200s B.C.E. Zhou King Muwang resettled those barbarians at the origin of the Jingshui River, among them, Yiqu, Yuzhi, Wuzhi, Xuyan and Penglu, namely, the five Rongs as noted in history -- which could be the origin for the misnomer 'Indo-European' Yuezhi. At http://www.imperialchina.org/Barbarians.htm (which was embedded within the Huns.html and Turks_Uygurs.html pages), I had tentatively speculate as to when the east met with the west on basis of new archaeological findings and historical Chinese records.
I had read about some unfounded claims that the character 'huang' for Huangdi (namely, the Yellow Lord or Emperor) meant for the hair by ignoring the fact that Huangdi was the embodiment of the virtue of 'earth' or 'soil' in Chinese metaphysics. Chinese would designate the northern Shanxi area as the so-called 'huangtu gaoyuan', i.e., yellow mud plateau. Some Hakka wannabe made a fallacious claim by pointing that the first character 'huang' of Huangdi was made of two parts of 'white' and 'lord'. Only after examining the history of Qiangic people to know that they might have possessed relatively dark face would there a reasonable explanation as to the Huangdi character, i.e., the whiteness coined in 'huang' was relative to the darkish face of people like the Qiangs. Note that some Western "racial approach" experts tried to dig up a non-Mongoloid origin for the Yi-zu minority of Southwest China. (Alternatively, some Chinese scholar had compared the Yi-zu people to the Tanguts of Xi-xia [Western Xia] Dynasty, claiming that they all possessed dark face with red decoration and comparatively higher nose bridge.) Also cited would be some unsubstantiated claims about Indo-European links to excavations near Banpo, Xi'an, Shenxi Prov. I also saw pictures of huge mounts in central China which people claimed to be the tombs of great overlords and saints 4000-5000 ago. The mounds, i.e., Kurgans, would be commonly taken to be a Schythian & Turkic tradition of burial. I read about a good article talking about the similarity of legends about King Arthur's sword, Excaliber, and the legend about one of the three famous Chinese pair of swords: Gan-jiang & Mo-ye, with Excaliber kind of induced to to some kind of spirit in a lake while and the female Mo-ye sword being induced to a river where the male Gan-jiang sword was. Some Chinese classics also talked about special machinery landing on the top of Taishan Mountain 3000-4000 years, adding to the speculation of ET and UFO linkage. Not to mention unfounded rumors that human civilizations had risen and fallen several cycles in the past millions of years, something not conforming with the glaciations of the earth or the evolution of galaxies at all. Some Christian who is in charge of the Chou (Zhou) family lineage in Hawaii had even claimed that the Zhou and Shang dynasties were branches of the Jewish-Arabic family from the Middle East, which was an attempt of putting every race under Adam & Eve.
A lack of knowledge about the history of China or the classical language of China had produced numerous unfounded claims among Western scholars or sinologists. Fallacious claims include the link of the Rouran or Ruruans to Genghis Khan's Mongols and the link of Tuoba or Topa people to the Turks.
The Xia Chinese vs the Huns, and the Qiangic Tibetans vs the 'Tokharai' Yuezhi
Among ill-intended claims as to the non-Mongoloid origin of Chinese civilization, apparently deviations of the "racial approach" in regards to the origin of civilization, there were claims about Linzi DNA analysis. As most Chinese scholars had pointed out, the findings from Linzi DNA only pointed to the phenomenon of human migrations, NOT genetic mutation, NOR "looking similar to Caucasians". At http://tech.sina.com.cn/ology/2000-08-10/33254.shtml, Dr Wang Li stated that DNA analysis of remains from Linzi tombs in Shandong Province had shown that the people living in Shandong 2000-2500 years ago had shared some similar gene traits to today's people in Central Asia and West Asia on the maternal side. Note Wang Li corrected the saying to point to CENTRAL and WEST of Asia, not Europe. Besides, the only similar trait is on the maternal side. More importantly, http://mbe.oupjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/20/2/214 carried an article about the new research paper by Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, claiming that "The reanalysis of two previously published ancient mtDNA population data sets from Linzi (same province) then indicates that the ancient populations had features in common with the modern populations from south China rather than any specific affinity to the European mtDNA pool". To better understand the origin of Mongoloid, a study of the topic as to the southern origin of Mongoloid is a must: Y-Chromosome Evidence of Southern Origin of the East Asian-Specific Haplogroup O3-M122; Genetic Structure of Hmong-Mien Speaking Populations in East Asia as Revealed by mtDNA Lineages.
The confusion of the Linzi DNA could have roots in the historical conflicts among the early Chinese peoples. Before the Qin Dynasty ancestors migrated to Northwest China, there were the exile of the San-miao people in the hands of Lord Shun (l. 2257 - 2208 BC ?). Though, the San-miao migration to Northwest China was the second stage of the epic migration. There first occurred the battle between the Yellow Lord (Emperor) [Huangdi (l. BC 2697 - 2599 ?)] and Chi-you, with Chi-you widely taken today as the ancestors of the Yi (i.e., misnomer Dong-yi [eastern barbarians]). The Yi people on the Shandong peninsula, after a defeat, moved to the Yangtze during the first stage of its epic migration. Feng Shi, Bian Ren and Chen Ping et al [the ranks among whom could have been the most notorious forgery generation of the P.R.C. in the late 20th century]. While the route of research in linking the excavated ancient pictagraphs [ ! possibly a forgery ! ] on the Shandong peninsula to Southwest China's Yi-zu minority writing was tenuous, the extrapolations on basis of historical namings of the Yi (misnomer Dong-yi) statelets and tribes as well as the historical namings of places in Anhui-Henan-Hubei tri-provincial areas are sound enough to trace the ancient tribal migrations to derive conclusions:
I had expounded on the ancient classics to point out that the Sino-Tibetan Qiangic people had dwelled in Gansu Province for 4000 years, earlier than Loulan mummies. This is important because we know today's Tibetans are the real descendants of those early people. Since prehistory, there were the legends about the Kunlun Mountain, Queen Mother of the West, and the proto-Tibetan Qiangic jade trade with the Sinitic Chinese. Queen Mother of the West, carrying a hereditary title, whose dwelling was commonly taken to be the hilside palace at the foothill of Qilian Mountain, to the south of today's Jiuquan of Gansu Province, had sent jade artifacts to the Yellow Lord (Emperor) [Huangdi (l. BC 2697 - 2599 ?)] and Lord Shun (l. 2257 - 2208 BC ?). The Qiangic people, said to be offsprings of Yandi the Fiery Lord, were the brother tribe of Huangdi (i.e., Yellow Overlord), and both Yandi and Huangdi were the sons of Shaodian Tribe. As long as the Qiangic people dwelled in between Chinese in central plains and whatever people in Turkistan, then there would be a good dividing line to start with. Ancient Qiangic people who went west were validated to have resided in eastern Chinese Turkistan, including the Khotan area of southern Xinjiang. Remnants of the Qiang people, who migrated on a different path to Yunnan Province in the south, would include today's Pumi-zu minority who possessed an ancient epic kailu jing (i.e., epic of opening up the road) tracing their possible path back to Gansu Province and early Xi-rong [western rong] people. Pumi-zu, who called themselves 'pei mi', were validated to be ancient 'bai[white] ren[people]' or 'bai[white] lang [wolf] guo[statelet]', a group of people who sought vassalage with Han Emperor Mingdi (r. 58-75 AD). The Qiangic groups in southern China still called Chinese 'Xia-ren' or the Xia people.
http://www.taklamakan.org/allied_comm/commonv-1-8.html carried an article by Takla entitled "The Origins of Relations Between Tibet and Other Countries in Central Asia", stating that "according to the researches of Sir Aurel Stein [i.e., the arch thief of China's Dunhuang Grotto treasures] on the origins of the people of Khotan, most were the descendants of the Aryans. They also had in them Turkic and Tibetan blood, though the Tibetan blood was more pronounced. He discovered ancient documents at a place called Nye-yar in Khotan and he has stated that the script of these documents contained no Pali, Arabic (Muslim) or Turkic terminology. All were Tibetan terms and phrases." Tibetans, clearly the descendants of Sino-Tibetan-speaking Qiangic SanMiao people, had their influences reaching the southern Chinese Turkistan in addition to the He-xi Corridor. P.T. Takla stated further that "according to Wu Hriu(2), the facial features of the people of Khotan were dissimilar to those of the rest of the Horpa nomads of Drugu (Uighurs belonging to the Turkic people) and similar, to an extent, to the Chinese. Khotan in the north-west was called Li-yul by the ancient Tibetans. Since Khotan was territorially contiguous with Tibet, there are reasons to believe that the inhabitants of Khotan had originated from Tibet."
The Xia Chinese is an ancient term for designating the group of Chinese in southern Shanxi Province, eastern Shenxi Province and western Henan Province. They were the people who set up Xia Dynasty. They derived the title from Lord Yu (r. BC 2204-2195 ?), also known as Xia-hou-shi, namely, the tribe with the title of the Xia descendants. Lord Yu, a direct descendant of the Yellow Lord (Emperor) [Huangdi (l. BC 2697 - 2599 ?)] who assigned two sons to today's Sichuan basin, was born in western China, hence carrying in later records the ancient designation of Rong-yu -- which the Hunnic barbarians as well as the Tanguts often cited for substantiation of their establishment of the Hunnic Xia and Tangut Xia dynasties, respectively. Lord Yu was said to have personally traveled to Mt Kunlun for inspecting on the western border LIU-SHA (i.e., the Kumtag Desert) and met with Queen Mother of the West. This would be after Lord Shun (l. 2257 - 2208 BC ?) had exiled the San-miao people (with the Yi elements of eastern China per Feng Shi, Bian Ren and Chen Ping, et al.) to LIU-SHA (the Kumtag Desert). Ever since the Yellow Lord defeated the people in eastern China, there was the constant rebellion of the so-called "San Miao" people and subsequently the "Nine Yi" people throughout the reigns of Lord Yao, Lord Shun and Lord Yu, as well as through Xia Dynasty, as ascertained in the Bamboo Records. Ancient historians speculated and wrote about the equivalency of two leaders of the people in the east, namely, Chi-you of the Jiu-li (Nine Li) people being the same as Yandi the Fiery Lord. Historian Huang Wenbi believed that the ancient Yi people in eastern China, who had an opposite direction as far as wrapping the clothing and hair style were concerned, namely, "bei4? pi1?[dangling] fa1 [hair] zuo3 [left] REN4 [overlapping part of Chinese gown]", shared the same symptoms as the later Qiangic people in western China, who could have been exiled there from the east as this webmaster had repeatedly said.
Corresponding to the ancient term of Xia, the original ancient Qiangic people, who, as this webmaster had speculated previously, did not participate in the eastern migration of the Sino-Tibetan to the coast at the beginnig, could have in fact been exiled to the northwest from the eastern coast in the 23rd century B.C.E. This could be an ancient epic of migration in Chinese history. From this perspective, it could then be deduced why the Ainu on the Japan islands were said to have shared some similarity in genes to the Tibetans --because the Tibetans, i.e., descendants of the Jiang-surnamed Qiangs, could in fact have been exiled to northwestern China from the Chinese coast.
Hence, in the late 3rd millennium B.C.E., there were the infusion of the two groups of people from the east, i.e., i) the San-miao people; and ii) the Yi people, or specifically, i) the San-miao people and ii) the Yun-surnamed Xianyun people (i.e., the ancestors of the Huns), who relocated to Gansu Province during the 23rd century B.C.E. under the order of Lord Shun. According to Sima Qian, the 'San Miao' people, who resided in the land where the later Chu Statelet was, were mostly relocated to western China to guard against the western border, i.e., LIU-SHA (drift sand), known as Kumtag today, with the western borderline (i.e., the outer limit of ancient Chinese) covering the Blackwater Lake at today's Mongolia border (which was erroneously disputed by Chen Ping to mean the Blackwater River to the south of Qilian and near the Bailongjiang River of Sichuan). The result of this mixture later came to be designated by various names, which pointed to various subgroups, with identifiable names as the Xian-yun (ancestors of the Huns) which was part of the two groups of people exiled to Northwest China, with the ancient San-miao tribes (or more likely the Yi tribe) being the main components of the exile. Later, the two groups of exiled people were known as the Jiang-surname Qiangic people, who were linked to the SanMiao migrants, and the Yun-surnamed Xianyun people. Here, historian Huang Wenbi disputed the Yun-surnamed Xianyun people to be the origin of the Huns since the Huns were known to have similar traits as the Xia Chinese and were said to be descendants from the son of Last Xia Dynasty lord Jie. That is, the demise of Xia was like nine hundreds of years after the epic exile of the Yun-surnamed Xianyun people. Note 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, termed "hu2 [Huns] fu2 [clothing] ZHUI1 [back of the head] jie2 [bundling the hair]".
Though, Wang Zhonghan had commented that the ancient Huns belonged to the Jiang-rong group, not the Tungunsic group that attacked west from Manchuria. Wang Zhonghan could be right here about the origin of the Huns as from the west, not from the north, where the Tungus people were. Though, the Huns, who could very well have derived from the Yun-surnamed Xianyun people, could have maintained the distinction from the Qiangs for one reason: namely, the two groups of people, though being exiled to the northwest from the eastern coast at the same time, did not belong to the same ethnicity at the beginning. In this sense, no matter the 2000 B.C. Mongoloid mummies in Chinese Turkestan ("Yanbulake Site Mummies to the north of Tianshan Mountain" or the Qumul Mummies near Hami or Xiao-he Mummies near Loulan ) were linked to today's South Siberian people or Kham (Xi-kang) Tibetans, they could all be traced to the original San-miao exile.
After the Shang people, who dwelled in eastern Henan Province and Hebei-Shandong provinces, overthrew Xia during the 17-18th centuries BC (?), the influence of Xia remnants was restricted to their historical land of southern Shanxi Prov. Chunwei, i.e., the son of last Xia Dynasty Lord Jie, fled to the northern plains to be ancestors of the Huns. In the 3rd century BC, the Hun King Chanyu ordered that his rightside virtuous king attack the Yuezhi as a punishment for the Hunnic king's disturbing peace at the Chinese border. Majority of the Yuezhi fled to the region of Amu Darya river, and some fled across the mountains to live among Qiangic people in the south. In 100 BC, Han Emperor Wudi sent a mission of Su Wu and over 100 people to the Huns, but the mission was detained by the Huns. Wudi later dispatched an army to punish the Huns. One contingent of 5000 archers (arrow & bow soldiers) from southern China, led by General Li Ling (grandson of Li Guang), was encircled by the Huns numbering 30000, and General Li Ling surrendered to the Huns after engaging half a dozen rounds of retreating fights and exhausting all the arrows. Li Ling was assigned by the Huns to ancient Jiankun statelet in northwest Siberia as so-called Hunnic "rightside virtuous king". Successors of the Huns, led by Helian Bobo of Tie-fu Huns, established a Xia Dynasty lasting through AD 407-431. Helian Bobo's acknowledgement and tracing of ancestry in a common origin as the Chinese clearly spelled out the fact that it was the Mongoloid who had first raided to the west rather than the other way around.
Concluding this episode, my unchanged belief is still that the Sino-Tibetan-speaking Qiangic SanMiao people first reached the He-xi Corridor of today's Gansu Province 4000 years ago [i.e., mid-3rd millennium BCE] and onward to Khotan area of southern Chinese Turkistan. It is never an accident that early Chinese legends were full of events about the west, including Mt Kunlun, Queen Mother of the West, the Kunlun jade [which was in fact Mt Qilian jade], and Mt Kunwu Diamond Ore etc. Tokharai, possibly related to the Indo-Scythians, reached the area of Lake Koko Nor [and later today's Qilian Mountain area, if the myth about the original Qilian mountain was true, which I doubt] thereafter.
This passage, "the Xia Chinese vs the Huns, and the Qiangic Tibetans vs the 'Tokharai' Yuezhi", is to point out that i) it were the Qiangic Mongoloids who first reached Chinese Turkistan and ii) it were the Huns who first raided Jiankun Statelet in northwest Siberia. A clear understanding of the relationships between the Xia Chinese, the Huns, the Qiangic Tibetans and the misnomer 'Tokharai' Yuezhi is important to untangling the origin of the Chinese Nation.
Three Huang and Five Di In the prehistory and Xia-Shang sections, I had discussed historical records showing the origins of 'San Huang Wu Di', namely, three 'huang' overlords and five 'di' overlords. Both Di4 and Huang2 imply the same denotation as someone who is an overlord while 'huang' could imply a semi-godly figure. In Chinese, the terminology for the empire came from an imported word, 'Teikoku', which the Japanese derived by lining up the two Chinese characters for lord and state together. 'San Huang' would be Fuxi, Yandi (Fiery Lord) and Huangdi (Yellow Emperor). Another saying would be 'Heaven Huang', 'Land Huang', and 'Human Huang' or 'Taishan Mountain Huang'. The Three Huang denotation was embodying the ancient Chinese religious ideas and it could be compared to the trinity in Chritianity. Concretely speaking, the relationship between heaven, land and humans would be the eternal topics of ancient Chinese. The impact could be seen in early dynasties like Shang which upheld polytheism and semi-human gods just like the ancient Greeks. Below, I had followed conventional history in attributing the idea of 'Mandate of Heaven' to Zhou Dynasty (instead of Shang Dynasty) because of distinction here between the polytheism reverance of the Shang people and the Heaven reverance of the Zhou people.
'Wu Di' or Five Di would be Shaohao, Zhuanxu, Gaoxin, Tangyao (Lord Yao) and Yushun (Lord Shun). Historian Sima Qian had a different order, but the essence is basically the same. According to Sima Qian, Lord Huangdi, namely, Yellow Lord, was the son of Shaodian (disputed to be the name of a state rather than an emperor). His last name is Gongsun but renamed to Ji while growing up on the bank of Ji-sui River, and first name Xuanyuan. Lord Yandi (Fiery Lord) was in charge of China at the time, with last name of Jiang (said to evolve into the Qiangic nomads by a famous linguist), derived from the Jiangsui River. Since he could not control the tribes, Lord Huangdi organized his army and took the place of Lord Yandi. Lord Huangdi defeated Lord Yandi in a place called Banquan, and defeated another Yi tribal leader called Chiyou in Zhuoyai (Zhuozhou?). Lord Huangdi had 25 sons, among whom 14 had established their own family names. One of his son is called Changyi, and Changyi's son, named Gaoyang, is Lord Zhuanxu. Lord Yu was the grandson of Lord Zhuanxu. Lord Yu's people would be termed the 'Xia' people who, together with Yi people, constituted the two major components of ancient Chinese.
There is a dispute here as to Lord Yu. Sima Qian thought that Lord Yu was born in today's Yuxian County, Henan Province, but other people had claimed that Lord Yu came from the Western Rong tribe as Lord Yu was also named 'Rongyu'. The 'Xia' people, in another sense, would also imply a more restrictive meaning for the people who dwelled in the land of Xirong (the Western Rong nomads) or Xi Yi (Western Aliens). Lord Yu was said to have origin in the land of Xi Qiang (Western Qiang) & Xi Rong, and he was born in a place called 'Shiniu' (ancient Chang-mang statelet, between Sichuan, Henan and Shenxi provinces). Scholar Liu Qiyu further tackled the issue of 'xi' or west. His validations pointed to the land of 'he qu' (i.e., the inflexion point of the Yellow River Bends) as the 'land of the west', i.e, later land between Qin and Jinn principalities. He also validated the ancient Chinese prefecture of 'ji-zhou' as equivalent to the ancient term 'zhong-guo' for China, and listed multiple ancient classics to lock down the land of original China as being the domain of southern Shanxi Prov. (Liu Qiyu pointed out that original places for Taiyuan and Jinyang etc would be in southern Shanxi Province and that they did not get appropriated to northern Shanxi Province until after Jinn Lord Daogong quelled various 'Di2' statelets in the north. Liu Qiyu further stated that after the split of Jinn into Haan-Zhao-Wei principalities, southernmost Wei statelet got the privilege to be called Jinn due to the fact that Jinn historically inherited the ancient Xia land that was termed 'ji-zhou' the Ji4 prefecture or 'zhong-guo' the central statelet.)
Lord Yu, for sake of flood control, had travelled across the country. In today's Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, near the east coast, people could still find his monument at which site Qin Emperor Shi Huangdi had once revered 2200 years ago. Though the Xia people led by Lord Yu had originated in northwestern and central China, the Xia descendants had apparently been linked to the rice culture in the Yangtze Delta. Xia King Shaokang had designated one son as the guard of Lord Yu's tomb on Kuaijishan Mountain, Shaoxing, Zhejiang. Recent excavations had provided further support to this claim, and Lord Yu descendants are reported to have revered Lord Yu in Shaoxing for thousands of years, till today. Chen Sou's San Guo Zhi, written almost 1800 years ago, had even linked the similarity of tattoos on fishermen in Zhejiang to the rice culture people living on the western coast of Japan around the 2-3rd centuries. The Wa people of Japan were recorded to have tattoos over their body, in a similar fashion to the Zhejiang people in Yangtze (Yangzi or Changjiang) Delta where the descendants of King Shaokang of Xia Dynasty (21-16th c. BC) had lived. It was said that the later Yue Statelet was descended from this lineage of King Shaokang at ancient Kuaiji, namely, today's Shaoxing. Later Dong-yue and Min-yue, during early Han Dynasty, were of the same family as ancient Yue Statelet (Gu-yue Statelet).
Hua/Xia Origin As scholar Liu Qiyu pointed out, 'hua' and 'xia', pronounced the same way as [hwer] in Yantze Delta dialects, would mean for the group of people dwelling to the north of the ancient South Yellow River Bend and to the east of the ancient West Yellow River Bend. (Ancient West Yellow River Bend is the same as today's East Yellow River Bend. Ancient Yellow River Bend did not equate to today's inverse U-shaped course with the North Bend lying inside Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, but the U-shaped Bend with South Bend in southern Shanxi Province and then a south-to-north turn in Hebei Province for exit into the sea.) Liu Qiyu's dissertation proposed the opposite movement of the Xia people, i.e., that the Xia people, the direct descendants of Huangdi with dragon totem, originally dwelled in southern Shanxi Province and then expanded eastward and southward, across the South Bend, to today's Henan Province.
Xia people, under Qi (Lord Yu's son), defeated the You-hu-shi Yi people, built cities and capital in Henan Prov, endured power struggles with Yi (misnomer Dong-yi) people under Hou-yi and Han-zhuo, and stayed in Henan Province for hundreds of years till Shang-tang's group of Yi people expelled them. After Shang Dynasty overthrew Xia, remnant Xia people fled northward and westward, and majority of them returned to their ancestral home in southern Shanxi Prov. Some of those Xia people who fled northward and westward would become the Yu-shi (which was erroneously equated to the Yuezhi for the similar syllable) in the west and the Huns in the north per scholar Wang Guowei. (Note that Wang Guowei's speculation as to Yuezhi would throw the discussion into an ethnicity dispute --unless Wang Guowei was indeed correct in that the Yuezhi were related to the Sinitic Xia Chinese, being part of the five Rongs as noted in history. It is understandable that Wang Guowei might have blundered in early 20th century since Loulan mummies were not known at that time.)
Note that at the very beginning, there was no 'east' connotation to the Yi people as the people living in the eastern Chinese coast, i.e., the offsprings from the two clans of Tai-hao-shi and Shao-hao-shi, were categorically called by 'Yi', a word that semantically meant the people carrying bows, not to do with the later denotation as the 'Eastern Barbarians". During Zhou Dynasty, as a result of confrontation between the Zhou people who were from the west, and the remnant Shang people who were the natives dwelling in the middle China and along the eastern coast, the records began to carry passages after passages of fightings between the pretentious 'Central Kingdom' Zhou people and the so-called barbarians (i.e., rebels) in the originally Shang Dynasty land to the east.
Lineage of Chinese Lords & Dynasties
Chinese classics, according to Sima Qian's Shi Ji, claimed that early Chinese overlords of 'Wu Di' or 'Five Overlords', i.e., Shaohao, Gaoyang (Lord Zhuanxu), Gaoxin (Diku), Tangyao (Lord Yao) and Yushun (Lord Shun), were of same heritage. They could all be traced to Huangdi the Yellow Overlord.
Huangdi-Yandi-Chiyou Huangdi was born in eartern China, near Qufu of Shandong Province. In this sense, Huangdi had origin in the Yi people's land of the east, in or near today's Shandong Province. Today's Chinese, without distinction, would usually call themselves the descendants of Yan-Huang, namely, Fiery Lord and Yellow Lord, while not acknowledging that the Yi people might have comprised a much larger percentage of the original Chinese. Yandi, Huangdi, and Lord Zhuanxu were recorded to have treated Qufu, Shandong as the capital. Lord Zhuanxu later relocated to Shangqiu, Henan. Qufu was considered to be the statelet of Da-ting-shi clan. Also close to Jinan, Shandong would be a barbarian group called 'Chang Di' or tall-guy Di(2) barbarians. Shi Ji stated that Huangdi did not have a fixed palace. The domain would extend in four directions: Huangdi drove off the ancient 'Xunyu' barbarians in the north, reached Gansu Province in the west, and climbed Mount Xiongshan on the Yantze bank in the south. The domain of his grandson, Lord Zhuanxu, reached Jiaozhi, today's Guangdong-Guangxi bordering Vietnam.
Huangdi's Wars With Chiyou & Yandi, Respectively
When Huangdi was in regency, he had 83 Chiyou brothers in his court. Since the Chiyou brothers were very cruel to people, Xuanyuan or Huangdi (the Yellow Lord) fought 73 successive battles against Chi-u (Ciyou), the leader of Jiuli tribe. Jiuli, i.e., nine 'li' people, were considered a group of Yi people.
Some advocates for southern aboriginals claimed that Chiyou (Chi-u) belonged to southern Chinese who descended from the Liangzhu Culture and that southerners had expanded into Hebei areas of northern China, instead. Qin Yanzhou speculated: that Jiuli was an alliance of ox-totem southern proto-Nan-Man people and bird-totem eastern proto-Dong-Yi [should be Yi, not misnomer Dong-yi] people; that after Jiuli's defeat, proto-Nan-Man people evolved into San-Miao people; that proto-Yi inter-married with Lord Zhuanxu's tribe into later Chu-Qin-Zhao statelet's ancestors; and that proto-Yi inter-married with Lord Diku's tribe into later Shang people. Qin Yanzhou further divided the San-Miao into Dong-yue (Eastern Yue or She-tribe) in the southeast, Yao-tribe in the south and Wuling-man barbarians (Miao tribe) in the southwest. Qin Yanxhou classified Nan-yue (Southern Yue people) and today's Zhuang-tribe of Guangxi/Yunnan provinces as a mixture between Mongolians and Malays. Note Qin Yanzhou's speculation is not supported by either written classics or archaeology.
Chiyou As The Cultivator Of Original Chinese Civilization
http://www.hmongcenter.org/inonkinchipa.html had a good account of Chiyou's contributions to the original Chinese civilization. It cited Historian Fan Wenlan's research in saying that "Huang-Di's tribes were living an unsteady nomadic life in Zhuolu area when Chi You realized the unification of agricultural tribes and founded the Nine-Li State" along the Yangtze River and Huai-shui River. It stated that "Chi You was the first to create weapons, penal laws and a religion, which not just played an important pole in the development of Chinese culture and technology, but ushered in a new epoch for the Chinese nation to enter a civilized era." It validated the influence of Chiyou as an overlord of then China by citing the fact (as recorded by Sima Qian's Shi Ji) that "Huang Di and the following monarchs respected Chi You as respected Chi You as Fight God after his death. ... Huang Di used Chi You's image to threaten those who wouldn'tobey him. Thus Huang Di and his people took Chi You for a god to protecting themselves and had respect for him." (Per Fan Wenlan, Chiyou possessed 9 tribes, with nine sub-tribes each, totalling 81 tribes, and that is how the 81 Chiyou brothers came to be known in Sima Qian's Shi Ji.) Apparently, Chiyou, being an overlord of then China, did not serve Huangdi in the court at all. History was just revised by the victor.
Xia Lineage As illustrated in prehistory section, following the Five Overlords would be Lord Yu, the father of the founder of Xia Dynasty. (Ban Gu of Latter Han Dynasty disputed the generation gap between Lord Zhuanxu and Lord Yu, claiming that Gun was the fifth generation grandson of Lord Zhuanxu and that Lord Yu would be six generations away from Lord Zhuanxu.)
Tian Changyue, the editor of Hua Xia Civilization anthology, compromised the issue of Lord Yu's point of origin by stating that Xia people might have two tribes, with father Gun developing in southern Shanxi Province where they were previously subordinate to Lord Yao and the son Lord Yu developing in western Henan Province by means of an alliance with Lord Zhuanxu's tribe. Lord Yu, per Tian Changyue, adopted 'xuan yu' (i.e., black fish) as the totem and developed in today's Dengfeng-Yuxian areas of western Henan Province while his father Gun continued with the dragon totem and Lord Yu's tribe would later absorb his father's native Xia people in southern Shanxi Prov. There is no dispute as to Xia people'e final demise in Henan Prov. Liu Qiyu validated the demise of Xia in Henan Province by citing the ancient statement that "Xia ended when the Yi-shui and Luo-shui rivers ran dry".
Shang Lineage The second dynasty was founded by Shang people. According to Sima Qian's Shi Ji, the ancestor of the Shang people was named Xie, a son of Lord Diku. Lord Yao conferred Xie the post of 'si tu' and the last name of 'Zi'; Lord Shun conferred Xie the land of Shang (later Shangluo County) for aiding Yu in flood control. Fourteen generation descendant would be Tang (Shang-Tang), the founder of Shang Dynasty.
Scholar Zhang Guangzhi stated that Xia-Shang-Zhou lineages should be looked at both horizontally and vertically. Horizontally speaking, Xia-Shang-Zhou clans had co-existed together, with one of the three asserting over the others as an overlord at specific time in history. Even after the demise of the predecessor dynasty, remnants still survived under a different statelet name. Xia Dynasty remnants would survive as the Qi-guo statelet, located in today's Qi-xian county of Henan Prov. Qi-guo lineage continued through Shang and Zhou dynasties. (Ancient proverb about a Qi-guo person worrying about the fall of skies would be related to this country.) Shang Dynasty itself was made into the principality of Song by the succeeding Zhou Dynasty (1121 - 256 BC). Confucius at one time returned to his ancestral Song Statelet and spent considerable time studying the Shang "Li", ritual or formality or system, which continued on in Song long after Shang's demise. The lineage of history is cited repeatedly in China's 24 Histories.
Zhou Lineage According to Shi Ji, Zhou'a ancestor could be traced to Houji, the Chinese god or father of agriculture. Houji, like Shang ancestor Xie, was the son of ancient lord Diku. Both Lord Yao and Lord Shun used Houji as the master of agriculture; Lord Yao conferred Houji the last name of 'Ji', meaning origin. When Xia King Taikang lost his throne, Houji's son (Buzhu) left for Rong & Di land; another two generations will be Gongliu who renewed agriculture in Rong & Di land;. Gongliu's son (Qingjie) set up a statelet in a place called 'Bin', in today's western Shenxi Province, a place belonging to Xirong; another eight generations or three hundred years would be Zhou's founder, Gugong (aka Tanfu); Gugong, being attacked by Rong & Di and Xunyu barbarians, would relocate to Qishan and built city in a plain called Zhou-yuan under the foot of Qishan Mountain; Gugong declared their statelet 'Zhou' and he is also known as 'Zhou Taiwang' (grand king) posthumously. Gugong's elder son, 'Tai Bo', went to Zhejiang's Yantze Delta (Meili Village, Wuxi County, Changzhou, Jiangsu) for sake of launching own statelet. Tai Bo wanted to yield the succession to his brother Ji Li. Ji Li's son, born by Zhi-ren-shi woman, would be Ji Chang, i.e., Zhou King Wenwang or Count Xibo.
The Barbarians versus the Chinese
The most important evidence I could rely on for the nativity of Chinese origin will be the fact that historians of every dynasty repeatedly cite the past of Chinese without major conflict. The differentiation of the Chinese people from the barbarians served as a safeguard for the continuity of the Chinese though some of the barbarians could be traced to the same origin, interestingly.
The Common Origin For the Di1-Qiang1 Barbarians & the Xia Chinese
Wang Zhonghan, at http://www.meet-greatwall.org/gwmz/wen/mzs/mzs20.htm, had pointed out the historical conclusion that ancient Qiang people [ancestors of Tibetans] and ancient Xia Chinese shared the same origin. The Qiang people derived from Yandi the Fiery Overlord. The Qiangs were descendants of the Yandi (Fiery Lord or Fiery Emperor) tribal group carrying the tribal name "Jiang". In the paragraph on Rong's Possible Link To Qiangic People, I detailed the compositions of the Rong to derive a good conclusion that some of the Rongs at the time of Zhou Dynasty shared the same blood-line with Xia Chinese but differred in 'Culture' such as cuisine, clothing, money and language.
Qiangic descendants included today's Tibetans. "Xin Tang Shi" (New History Of Tang Dynasty) said that the Tibetans belonged to the Xi Qiang, namely, the western Qiangic peoples. The book which was called 'Continuum To Hou Han Shu' stated that the Qiangs, literally meaning 'shepherds in the west', were alternative race of the Jiang surname tribes of San Miao. According to Sima Qian, the 'SanMiao' people, who originally resided in the middle Yangtze River area where the later Chu Statelet was, were mostly relocated to western China to guard against the western barbarians. Lord Shun, who took over the overlord post from Lord Zhi (reign 2366-2358 BC ?, the son of Lord Diku), relocated them to western China as a punishment for their aiding Dan Zhu (the son of Lord Yao reign 2357-2258 BC ?) in rebellion. (This could lead to a sound speculation that Sino-Tibetan speaking San Miao people had dwelled in Gansu much earlier than the later encounter of the Huns and the misnomer 'Indo-European' Yuezhi people, i.e., the 3rd century BC Hunnic-Yuezhi War, by about 2000 years at minimum --unless the Yuezhi were in fact related to the Sinitic Chinese, being part of five Rongs as noted in history.)
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The Relationship Between Shang Dynasty, Succeeding Zhou Dynasty & the Barbarians
The barbarian nomadic people, by the name of 'Shanrong' or 'Xunyu' or 'Xianyun', had been roaming on the steppe over 4000 years ago, prior to the Xia-Shang-Zhou dynasties - if we interpreted Sima Qian's statement on "beyond Tang & Yu" as being "beyong the eras of Lord Tang-yao and Lord Yu-shun", not the "domain beyond the central land of lord Tang-yao and lord Yu-shun". The demise of Xia Dynasty would see Chunwei, son of Jie [the last Xia Dynasty Lord], fleeing to the northwest to join the nomads and becoming the de facto ancestor of the later Huns. Sima Qian's section on Shang Dynasty did not mention too much on the steppe people other than King Wuding's wife, Fu Hao, who had led a personal campaign against the ancient Gui-fang (ghost domain) barbarians as the famous female warrior of China. (Chinese historians also claimed that Gui-gang could be actually a statelet ruled by Marquis Gui-hou, i.e., one of three major border vassals of Shang Dynasty.)
Wang Zhonghan expounded the inter-relationships between Shang people and Qiang people. Namely, the Shang people often campaigned against the Qiangs, and treated the Qiangs as funeral objects for live burial. Three Shang vassals, i.e., Zhou ancestor Xi-bo, Marquis Jiuhou [Gui-hou, i.e., of Gui-fang], and Marquis E-hou, were a good starting point to understand the ethnic nature of the ancient people. As the oracle bones and bronze inscriptions already had proven, the Zhou people and Xia people shared the same origin. After the defeat of the Xia people by Shang, the remnants, i.e., Gui-fang [ghost domain], were a major enemy to the comparatively Yi-ethnic Shang Dynasty till the Gui-fang statelet was subdued. Similarly, the Zhou people had zigzag wars with Shang Dynasty for hundreds of years till the submission to Shang as well as marriage with the Shang princesses. This meant that whenever there was a major dynatic change, the original ruling clique could be pushed to the border area to be a new group of barbarians.
During the earlier reign of Shang King Aoding, the Zhou people were often campaigned against by Shang Dynasty. Zhou, after submission to Shang, then campaigned against the Qiang barbarians on behalf of Shang, which was for expanding its domain as well as its power base in another sense. Xu Zhuoyun cited Chen Mengjia's research in pointing out that Zhou [proxy king] Taiwang, during Shang King Wuyi's reign, relocated to Mt Qishan under the pressure of the Doggy Rong; that Zhou Lord Ji Li [Ji-li or Jili], during the 34th year reign of Shang King Wuyi, paid pilgrimage to the Shang court; that Jili defeated the Xiluo-Gui-rong barbarians and captured 20 Di kings the next year on behalf of the Shang court but Shang King Wuyi was killed by a lightening around the Wei-shui River; that Jili campaigned against the Yanjing-rong barbarians but got defeated during the 2nd year reign of Shang King Taiding; that Jili, two years thereafter, defeated the Yuwu-rong barbarians and received conferral as 'mu shi' (shephard chancellor) from the Shang King; that Jili first campaigned against the Shihu-rong barbarians during the 7th year reign of Shang King Taiding and against the Yitu-rong barbarians during the 11th year reign; that Jili was killed by Shang King Wending (Taiding) thereafter; and that the Zhou people began to attack Shang Dynasty during the 2nd year reign of Shang King Di-yi (Yili). Xu Zhuoyun speculated that the Shang King most likely died in the hands of the Zhou people rather than a lightening in a similar coverup as later Zhou King Zhaowang's death on the Huai-shui River as a complication of conflict with the southern barbarians --which were in fact some equally civilized people in then southwestern China, namely, the Yong people, the Ba people, and the Shu people in today's Sichuan-Hubei-Shenxi borderline, a land widely covered in the legendary book "Classics of Mountains and Seas".
However, the Shang-Zhou relationship had improved since Jili's successor, i.e., Zhou King Wenwang, had again married with the Shang princess. Both the mother and the wife of Zhou King Wenwang, per scholar Fu Sinian, were princesses of Shang the oyal house. The Zhou people were conferred the title of 'Xi Bo' (Count of the West) by Shang Dynasty King Zhouwang as a buffer state against the Western nomads.
As for the Zhou people, they also inter-married with the Qiangs throughout history. Xu Zhuoyun cited scholar Liu Qiyi's research of 'jin wen' or bronze inscriptions in stating that 12 kings of Western Zhou Dynasty had inter-married with the Jiang-surname women consecutively. During the campaign against Shang by Zhou, Zhou King Wuwang claimed to be people from the west. Scholar Liu Qiyu, in anthology Hua Xia Civilization, tackled the issue of 'xi' or west. His validations pointed to the land of 'he qu' (i.e., the inflexion point of the Yellow River Bends) as the 'land of the west', i.e, the later land between Qin and Jinn principalities. The Zhou allies included, per "Shi Ji", eight barbarian statelets as allies, the Qiangs from today's Gansu, the Shu-Sou-Mao-Wei statelets in today's Sichuan Province, Lu and Peng from the northwest, and Yong and Pu south of the Han-shui River.
The Difference Between the Rong people and the Chinese In 'Culture', Not 'Blood-line'
What distinguished the Chinese from Rong or Di would mostly likely lie in the customs, not the ethnicity. Zhou Dynasty's founder, per Shi Ji, Gugong abolished the Rong & Di customs, built a city in a plain called Zhou-yuan under the foot of Qishan, and devised five posts of si tu, si ma, si kong, si shi, & si kou per the Shang Dynasty system. Similar to the Zhou founder, Qin's ancestors had emerged from the barbaric West to become the ruler of China. In both cases, they discarded the Rong & Di(2) customs and adopted the rituals of the central China of the time. Qin's reformer Shang-yang claimed that he should be ascribed great contributions to Qin and that he was responsible for renovating Qin's Rong-Di customs such as parent and son living in same bedroom and for differentiating the protocol of men from women.
Scholar Liu Qiyu stated that the difference between Rong and Chinese lied in 'culture', not 'blood-line'. In article The Rong People In Nine Ancient Prefectures versus Rong-yu Xia People, Liu Qiyu cited ancient classics Zhou Yu's paragraph: "In the ancient times, Gong-gong-shi ... had first worked on repairing the 100 rivers (including the flooding of the Yellow River) ... Gong-gong-shi's descendant, Count Yu (i.e., Lord Yu), repented over his father Gun's mistake in flood control ... Gong-gong-shi's grandson, Si-yue, had acted as an assistant to Lord Yu in flood control ... Hence, Si-yue was conferred the fief of Si-yue-guo Statelet and assigned the surname of 'Jiang' which included the clan name of 'Luu' ... Today (i.e., in Zhou Dynasty times), the clan names of Shen and Luu had declined in prestige and influence but the 'Jiang' family still prevailed in Qi Principality."
The evidence of Qiangic nature of the barbarians would be best exhibited by their self-claim. When Qin intended to get rid of Luhun-rong & Jiang-rong around capital Yong in 638 BC, Jinn Principality adopted a policy of allowing remotely-related barbarian clan to stay closer to the land between Qin, Jinn and Zhou Dynasty capitals: Jinn Lord Huigong, for his mother's tie with Luhun-rong clan, relocated Luhun-rong to Yichuan and Jiang-rong to southern Shanxi Prov, i.e., namely, the southward migration to Mt Songshan area of Yun-surnamed Xianyun [Huns] clan whose Qiangic nature was validated about 80 years later by the dialogue between Fan Xuan-zi of Jinn Principality and the descendant of Jiang-rong.
Liu Qiyu further cited ancient classics Zuo Zhuan and listed the statement of Ju-zhi, a prince of Jiang-rong, as paraphrased below: "Everyone had said that our folks, i.e., miscellaneous Rong people, belonged to the descendants of Si-yue ... Our various Rong peoples differed from Hua (i.e., Xia) people in cuisine, clothing, money and language." Liu Qiyu speculated that the clan names of Shen-Luu-Qi-Xu etc, who entered China during Western Zhou Dynasty, had been the Rong people who came eastward to China earlier, while Jiang-rong would be the original Rong people who came into China during the Eastern Zhou Dynasty time period. Terra-cotta soldiers excavated from Qin First Emperor Shihuangdi's tomb should provide the best possible evidence as to the Mongoloid nature of Qin Chinese and Sino-Tibetan Qiangic Rong people in northwestern China thousands of years ago.
Below would be the definitions of ancient barbarians like 'Rong' and 'Di'. Wang Zhonghan cited scholar Wang Guowei in pointing out that the 'Rong' was a barbarian designation from Zhou King Youwang to Lu Lord Yin'gong & Lu Lord Huan'gong, while 'Di' designation came about after Lu Lord Zhuanggong & Lu Lord Min'gong. "Rong" was equivalent to weaponry, ferociousness and other derogatory meanings. Ancient classics, like "Shi" and "Shu" interpreted Di as "faraway barbarians".
Merging and Subjugating the Barbarians By Zhou Dynasty & Principalities
Zhou Dynasty had two Jiang-surnamed vassals which contributed greatly to defending the borders, namely, the Shen-guo statelet under Marquis Shen to the west, and the Qi-guo statelet under Jiang Taigong and his descendants on Shandong Peninsula to the east.
Count of West, Xibo, namely, Zhou Ancestor Ji Chang, once attacked the Doggy Rongs (said to be same as Xianyun barbarian on the steppe). Dozen years later, Zhou King Wuwang exiled the Rongs north of the Jing & Luo Rivers. The Rongs were also called Huangfu at the time, a name to mean their 'erratic submission'. 200 years later, during 17th year reign [i.e., 985 BC per Bamboo Annals], Zhou King Muwang was noted for defeating the barbarians, reaching Qinhai-Gansu regions in the west, meeting with Queen Mother of West on Mt Kunlun [possibly around Dunhuang area], and then relocating the barbarians eastward to the starting point of Jing-shui River for better management [in a similar fashion to Han Emperr Wudi's relocating Southern Huns to the south of the north Yellow River Bend]. History recorded that King Muwang captured four white wolves & four white deers (white deer and white wolf being the titles of ministers of Rongdi barbarians) during his campaign. The Huangfu (Doggy Rong) people then no longer sent in yearly gifts and tributes.
Zhou King Yiwang, the grandson of King Muwang (r. 1,001 - 946 BC), would be attacked by the Rongs. The great grandson, King Xuanwang (reign 827 - 782), finally fought back against the Rongs. Shi Jing eulogized King Xuanwang's reaching Taiyuan (original Taiyuan in southern Shanxi Prov, not the appropriated one in the north of today's Shanxi Prov; however, 'Taiyuan' at the times of King Xuanwang would be the place in Shenxi/Ningxia where Jing-shui River originated). Thereafter, King Youwang (reign 781-771) was killed by the Doggy Rongs at the foothill of Lishan Mountain and capital Haojing was sacked. Rongs who stayed on at Lishan were called Li-rong. The Rongs moved to live between the Jing & Wei Rivers. Lord Qin Xianggong was conferred the old land of Zhou by Zhou King Pingwang (reign 770-720). Zhou King Pingwang encouraged the Qin Lord to drive out the Quan-rongs.
Zhou continued to engage with barbarians like 'Rong and 'Di' till Qin ancestors came to the help. Qin & Jinn people, in dealing with barbarians, had adopted a policy of allowing remotely-related barbarian clan to stay closer to the land between Qin, Jinn and Zhou Dynasty capitals, i.e., namely,the southward migration of Yun-surnamed Xianun [Huns] clan to Mt Songshan area.
At about this time, Jinn Principality began the process of expansion that would merge and conquer dozens of barbarian statelets to the east of east Yellow River Bend, , with Jinn Lord Xiangong merging 17 statelets and subjugating 38 others [per "Haan Fei-zi"].
Qin Mugong, after defeat in Battle of Xiao-er, turned around to expand westward, and conquered 8 [or 12] western barbarian stateles in Shenxi-Gansu regions. Then, after about 100 years, Qin campaigned against west bend and north bend of the Yellow River area and consolidated the control over northwestern China.
To the west of Qin would still remain remnants of the Qiangic barbarians. Beyong those relatively "raw [uncooked] Qiangs" would be those people who may share nothing with the Sinitic Chinese at all, i.e., the Wusun and the Sai-ren [Scythians]. (For details, see http://www.imperialchina.org/Barbarians.htm.)
Per Wang Zhonghan, by the 6th century B.C., most of the barbarians had merged into the Chinese way of life. As to the ethnic nature of those barbarians, the barbrians themselves, 80 years after southward migration, still claimed that they differed from Chinese NOT in bloodline but cousine, clothing, language and currency. In between Spring & Autumn time period and Warring States time period, the barbarians around Yi-shui & Luo-shui rivers had been absorbed by Haan & Wei principalities. Jiang-rong barbarians also disappeared from the records. As to the barbarians in western Shandong, northern & southern Henan provinces, Chu, Qi & Lu principalities had merged them all. Per Wang Zhonghan, only noticeable barbarians would be those who stayed to the west of Mt Longshan in Gansu Prov, where the raw or uncooked Qiangic barbarians would evolve into the Di-Qiang people of Qin-Han dynasties.
Assertions By Luo Xianglin & Wang Zhonghan
There long appeared four designations of barbarian groups, namely, Man-of-the-South, Di-of-the-North, Yi-of-the-East and Rong-of-the-West. Scholar Luo Xianglin, in History of Chinese Nationalities (Chinese Culture Publishing Enterprise Co, Taipei, Taiwan, May 1953 edition), stated that ancient China possessed five tribal groups: Xia, Qiang, Di, Yi, and Man. Per Luo Xianglin, Xia people first originated in Mt Minshan and upperstream River Min-jiang areas of Sichuan-Gansu provincial borderline. Xia people then split into two groups, with one going north to reach Wei-shui River and upperstream Han-shui River of Shenxi Province and then east to Shanxi Province by crossing the Yellow River. The second group, per Luo Xianglin, went south to populate southern Chinese provinces as the 'Yue' people. Luo Xianglin's linking Yue people to Xia people was based on the common lexicon 'yue' which meant for excavated ancient "stone axe". Luo Xianglin stated that five tribal groups of Xia, Qiang, Di, Yi, and Man shared the same origin.
Man, Di(2), Yi & Rong, in fact, all mean one word, barbarians. The Man-of-the-South will be the natives called Sanmiao (i.e., the Three Miao Tribes), Man(2) and Lao barbarians, and the Zangke, Qiongdu, Yelang and Dian-Yue peoples in southern and southwestern China. Rong-of-the-West are the nomadic peoples in China's northwest and west, including Xirong, Quanrong, Rongdi and Jiangrong. In southern Manchuria, there existed the so-called Shanrong or Mountain Rong (aka: Beirong or Northern Rong and one more name called 'Wu Zhong' to mean Wuzhongshan Mountain in southern Manchuria, with its capital at Yuyang County, Beijing). Di-of-the-North would be specifically denoting the Huns and Turks, with their forerunners including Rongdi which split into Chidi and Baidi.
Yi-of-the-East will include peoples in Manchuria, Korea and Japan. In early times, the Yi was associated with the word 'niao' for bird, and there were eight to nine different 'niao-yi' people in the east. Shang Dynasty people were recorded to have treated 'Xuan Niao' (i.e., Black bird, possibly sparrow) as the totem. Manchurian legends as to the birth of their founder had something to do with swallowing the red fruit dropped by a bird. In later times, the Yi designation would be associated with a word 'dao' for island, pointing to the barbarian peoples in East China Seas. (Both the character 'niao' and 'dao' looked quite close and might have corrupted consecutively during the course of history.) Scholar Wang Zhonghan pointed out that the character 'Yi', having appeared as Shi-fang statelet in Shang Dynasty's oracle bones, would still exist in Shangdong-Jiangsu provinces and around Huai-shui River by late Spring & Autumn time period of Eastern Zhou Dynasty. Wang Zhonghan, after analyzing the wars between Zhou people and numerous Yi people, had concluded that "Eastern Yi" [in Shandong Peninsula] had declined as a result of expeditions by Duke Zhou-gong and King Cheng-wang in early Western Zhou time period; that "Huai-yi" [around Huai-shui River] emerged from middle to late time periods of Western Zhou Dynasty; that "Nan-yi" [in southern or southeastern direction] rose up in influence at time of Zhou King Liwang; and that by the time of Qin-Han Dynasties, 'Dong-yi' would be designation for people in northeastern China, including Korea and Japan.
The character 'Yi', as shown above, was originally a neutral people denoting the people living in today's eastern China and along the coast, but later mutated the meaning to mean for barbarians in the east, and later again expanded to be more an inclusive word to mean all aliens or barbarians. Yi is more an inclusive word to mean aliens, and the Qiangs and Di(1) people could be called Xi Yi, i.e., Yi in the west, while some southern barbarians would be called Xi-Nan Yi, namely, southwestern Yi. Quanrong or Doggy Rong of the west were also named Quan-yi-shi (Doggy alien tribe) or Hunyi / Kunyi (Kunlun Mountain aliens?, but was commented to be the same as character 'hun4' for the meaning of mixing-up). Shan Hai Jing stated that Huangdi bore Miao-long, Miaolong bore Nong-ming, Nongming bore Bai-quan (White dog) which was the ancestors of Quanrong. Shan Hai Jing also stated that Quan-yi had human face but beast-like body. An ancient scholar called Jia Kui stated that Quan-yi was one of the varieties of Rong people.
The differentiation, between the true barbarians and those ancient Chinese who were exiled to the borders, is hard to depict. Lord Shun suggested to Lord Yao to have four evil tribes exiled to the borders. This would include Hundun, Gonggong (Qiongqi), Gun and SanMiao. Gonggong was exiled to the northern post of Beijing to counter the northern Di(2) nomads; Hundun was exiled to southern mountains to counter the southern barbarians; SanMiao people was exiled to San-Wei-Shan Mountain in Gansu's Dunhuang to counter the Xirong or Western Rong people; and Gun was killed on Mountain Yushan (Feather mountain) to detente the Eastern Yi people. Kong An'guo of Han Dynasty claimed that Hundun were the infilial descendants of Huangdi the Yellow Lord. Gun was an infilial son of Lord Zhuanxu. The 'Sanmiao' people were said to be the infilial descendants of Yandi the Fiery Lord. (Wu Qi claimed that the San Miao country was located between Lake Dongtinghu and Lake Pengli.) Hence, those four tribes should be considered members of the big family. The book 'Xu Hou Han Shu', i.e., 'Continuum To Hou Han Shu', stated that the Qiangs were the alternative race of the Jiang surname tribes of San Miao. Hence, it should be safe to claim that the 'Sanmiao' people were the descendants of the big family of Yandi and Huangdi. In the Qin section, a tentative exploration into the nature of Rong & Di Peoples, Qiang, Sanmiao & Yuezhi was given.
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]".
In section on northern barbarians, Wang Zhonghan pointed out that the northern barbarians and western barbarians were similar [i.e., Qiangs] at Spring-Autumn time period, but by the time of late Warring States, Chinese began to see the northern barbarians as different from the western barbarians. Northern barbarians would be ancestors of later Huns to the north and northwest, and the Donghu [Xianbei & Wuhuan] to the north and northeast, who were to evolve into so-called Altaic speaking nomadic people.
Wang Zhonghan's points are: western barbarians, i.e., the Qiangs, originated from Mt Longshan [Gansu], while the northern barbarians originated from north of Mt Yinshan [Inner Mongolia] and beyond. What is important here is the speculation that those northern barbarians from north of Yinshan [i.e., King'an Ridge of Manchuria] might be related to the Shang Chinese refugees who fled to northeast after a defeat by Zhou Dynasty, not to mention the historical record in regards to dispatching of Shang Prince Ji-zi to Manchuria and Korea as a Zhou vassal. Wang Zhonghan touched upon the mixing-up between the western barbarians [Qiangs] and the northern barbarians [Hu], which was was similar to the mix-up of Xianbei and Xiongnu [Hun] in later Han Dynasty and Three Kingdon time periods.
Wang Zhonghan stated that there was NO united Hu nomadic statelet in the north by the late Spring & Autumn. But by the late Warring States time period, the Huns began to pose a threat to China. However, General Li Mu of Zhao Principality still managed to defeat over 100,000 Hun cavalry at the time of King Zhao Chenwang [reign 265-245 BC], to the extent that the Huns dared not get close to the border for over ten years. The various statelets launched their separate wars against the northern barbarians and built their separate Great Walls, till Qin Emperor Shihuangdi united China and linked up all the walls.
Continuing Zigzags With the Barbarians
Reading through the ancient records, I could locate less than a dozen 'Rong' statelets across the Yellow River line in the 6th century BC and later. As to the barbarian groups, by the later Zhou Dynasty, there were Mianzu, Gun-rong, Di, and Huan-rong to the west of the Qin Principality, Yiqu-Dali-Wuzhi-Xuyan to the north of the Qin Principality, Linhu-Loufan to the north of Jin (Jinn) Principality, and Donghu-Shanrong to the north of Yan Principality. Mianzu could be pronounced Raozhu. Gun-rong (Quanrong) was know as Kunrong or Hunrong or Hunyi. The character 'hun4' for Hunyi or Hun-yi is the same one as Hunnic King Hunye or Kunye and could mean the word of mixing-up. Yiqu was one of the Xirong or Western rong stateles at ancient Qingzhou and Ningzhou areas. Dali-rong dwelled in today's Fengxu County. Wuzhi [not Wushi, the same as Yuezhi not Yueshi] was originally part of the Zhou land, but it was taken over by the Rong people. Qin King Huiwang took it back from the Rong later, and launched the Wuzhi county [i.e., in today's Pingliang area]. Xuyan was in today's Yianchi [salt pond] of Ningxia. Linhu was later destroyed by General Li Mu. Li Mu (?-229 B.C.), a Zhao Principality general who was counted as one of the four famous [together with Bai Qi, Wang Jian and Lian Po) during the Warring States time period, in mid-240s B.C. induced the Huns into invading south and throughly defeated about 100,000 Huns in the Yanmen area. Loufan belonged to today's Yanmen'guan Pass area (Ningwu of Shanxi).
The wars on record would be between Qin and the Xirong, Doggy Rong and various other Rong people, and between Zhou Chinese and Rongdi (which split into Baidi and Chidi) including: i) between Qin and the Xirong, ii) between Quan-rong and Zhou, iii) between Qi/Yan and Shan-rong (i.e. Bei-rong), iv) between Chang-di and Wey/Xing, v) between Chi-di/Bai-di and Jinn, vi) between Dali-rong and Qin, vii) between Linhu and Zhao, viii) between Yiqu-rong and Qin, and ix) between Zhou Chinese and Rongdi (which split into Baidi and Chidi) etc. Other wars would be with Maojin-rong, Li-rong, Gui-rong, Ji-rong, Lunhun-rong & Wan-rong etc.
The barbarians would remain in northern Shanxi Province till the times of Qin Shihuangdi. Qin State founded the first united empire of Qin in 221 BC. After Qin unification of China, Emperor Shihuangdi, in 215 BC, ordered General Meng Tian on a campaign that would drive the so-called Hu nomads or the Huns out of the areas south of the Yellow River. The Huns under Mote's father, Dou-man (Tou-man), fled northward and would not return till General Meng Tian died ten years later. Details about barbarians were also covered at prehistory section.
Wang Zhonghan concluded that the Huns had comprised of Qiangs [Rong2], Di , and Hu. However, the Huns were weak in comparison with Dong-hu to the east and the Yuezhi to the west. Huns were restricted to the territory of Mt Yinshan and Sheath area of the Yellow River till first Hunnic Chanyu Mote (often wrongly pronounced as Maodun) killed his father in 209 BC, ruled the tribe and expanded its domain. The rest of Hun history was clear. The Huns first defeated the Eastern Hu nomads in 206 BC, then attacked the Yuezhi to the west, which triggered the Yuezhi's chain reaction against the Wusun, killing the Wusun king, and the Huns possibly took control of the Western Corridor [He-xi Corridor] by that time. Mote Chanyu took custody of the Wusun prince and allocated the land in western territories to Wusun. The new Wusun king, after growing up, distanced himself from the Huns. The Huns made peace with Han Emperor Wendi's Han China, and punished their rightside virtuous king for disturbing peace at the border with China. The punishment was the order to attack to the west around 176 BC, hence defeating Loulan, Wusun and Hujie etc, in a battle near today's Yiwu per Yu Taishan, and taking control of 26 statelets in Chinese Turkistan. In 174 BC, the newly-enthroned Chanyu Laoshang mounted another campaign against the Yuezhi, killed the Yuezhi king, and made the king's skull as a drinking utensil. The Yuezhi queen acted as a regent and led her people in a further move to the west. Yuezhi, in turn, attacked the Scythians in Ili River area, hence dwelling at the Ili River and the Chu-he (Oxus) River. At the time of Junchen Chanyu, the Yuezhi, under the attack of possibly the Wusun-Hun alliance, relocated south to today's Afghanistan.
Where Were the Yuezhi, Wusun & Sai-ren [Scythians]?
To the west of Qin would still remain remnants of the Qiangic barbarians. Beyong those relatively "raw [uncooked] Qiangs" would be those people who may share nothing with the Sinitic Chinese at all, i.e., Wusun and Sai-ren [Scythians]. In the early Zhou Dynasty time period, Zhou King Muwang resettled the barbarians at the origin of the Jingshui River, among them, Yiqu, Yuzhi, Wuzhi [not Wushi], Xuyan [not Quyan] and Penglu, namely, the five Rongs as noted in history. (The naming here could be the source of the later name for the Yuezhi people, should the Yuezhi be counted as being related to the Sinitic Chinese and dwelled near China from the beginning. For details, see the Hundreds of Years of War between Qin and the Yiqu-rong.)
Two more groups of people would be situated to the west and north of the Qin Chinese, namely, the Yuezhi and the Western Rong barbarians. The relationship of the Yuezhi to the Rong people was not clear. There was no record of the characters "Yuezhi" in Qin's foreign relations other than the Yiqu-rong. It could be a bold proposal to state that the later Yuezhi were in fact the same group of people as the Yiqu-rong. The Yuezhi were said to be some misnomer 'Indo-European' [or 'Indo-Iranian'?]. The Yuezhi, after a defeat by the Huns, relocated to Central Asia. To the west of Yuezhi would be what the Chinese recorded as the 'Sai' people, aka 'Sai Zhong' or 'Sai Ren', i.e., the Scythians. In-between the Scythians and the Yuezhi would be the Wusun people who were attacked by the Yuezhi in the aftermath of the chain reaction, i.e., the Hunnic attack against the Yuezhi in the 3rd century B.C.E. (Also note that the unconventional Chinese legends also touched on the Chinese migrations to the West: According to "New Tang History", the junior son of Changyi [son of Huangdi the Yellow Lord], by the name of An, had relocated to the Western Rong area and designated his state as 'Anxi', a name that later would be used for Persia or Parthia.)
As for the Scythians, some archaeological discoveries claimed that the 'animal' motif of the Scythians were noted in the Caspians in the 7th century BCE and earlier, about the Altaic around the 5th century BCE and near the Ordos in the 3rd century BCE. This meant the east and west were closing in at the time of the 5th to 3rd centuries B.C.E. But, it might not one directional move. It could be two directional movements. The possible reason that this motif was found closer to China in the 3rd century, however, had to do with the Hun-Yuezhi War that saw the Yuezhi being pushed west, who in turn attacked the Wushun and the Scythians. This webmaster's point is that there was no definite link between the Schythians [or the Wusuns] and the Yuezhi.
Bactria, translated as 'da xia' in Chinese, was also mistaken by Wang Guowei as a validation of his extrapolation of Xia's You-yu-shi clan as equivalent to Yuezhi. Wang Guowei speculated that the Yuezhi people, after their defeat in the hands of the Huns, fled to Bactria to defeat the Tu-huo-luo Da-xia and found a similar Yuezhi 'xia' kingdom, and Wang Guowei took the 'Tu-huo-luo' kingdom (Tokharistan) in today's Afghanistan as a mutation of the ancient pronunciation for 'da xia'. (I expounded on Wang Guowei's blunder earlier in this section. Note that Bactria existed at the time of Alexander the Great's invasion which was before the Yuezhi migrated to the west.) In subsequent dynastic annals, about the timeframe of South-North Dynasties, Chinese historians still called the people of Afghanistan area by the same name 'Yuezhi'. See Wang Guowei's theory of invaders coming from the East while traders from the West for understanding the nature of the nine Zhaowu clans of the Yuezhi. In the Juyan-ze Lake area, bamboo strips were discovered, with evidence of existence of names of the same nine Zhaowu clans 80 years or 3-4 generations after the first Hunnic attack against the Yuezhi: K'ang (Samarkand), An (Bukhara), Shih (Tashkent, i.e., Kishsh [Kashana]), Mi (Maymurgh [Penjikent]), Ts'ao (Kaputana), Ho (Kushanik [Kusanya]), Mu (Murv, ? Huoxun [Khwarezmia]), and Su (Sudi, Bilinmemektedir).
More detailed accounts about the Yuezhi would come after Zhang Qian's visit to Central Asia, unfortunately. "Gua Di Zhi", written by Li Tai of Tang Dynasty [AD 705-907], stated that the Yuezhi country included ancient Liangzhou, Ganzhou, Suzhou, Yanzhou and Shazhou, i.e., today's Gansu and Shenxi Provinces. Hence there was the speculation that in the West Yellow River Bend area could also be found the Yuezhi people, which might not be true. The place names like Liangzhou, Ganzhou, Suzhou, Yanzhou and Shazhou were all products of late Han Dynasty. "Gua Di Zhi" was a much later book that could have error in extrapolating the presence of Yuezhi beyond the Western Corridor 1000 years ahead of its time. ("Gua Di Zhi" could have the valid point about those 'zhou'-suffixed places should we adopt Zou Yan's school of thought about the Greater Nine Prefectures or should we examine the 7th century B.C.E. records in regards to the Qin people's relocating the Yun-surnamed Xianyun barbarians to the heartland of China from Gua-zhou, i.e, the Western Corridor.) Further, some historian [maybe just me, after hiccup in my thoughts], who believed Yuezhi country more likely centered around Turpan [Urumqi] as evidenced by Lake Koko Nor [Lop Nur, i.e., Luobupo] mummies, had expressed doubts about Sima Qian's "Shi Ji" as far as the sentence in regards to Yuezhi's original dwelling place is concerned: Sima Qian claimed that Yuezhi, before the migration, lived between Qilian Mountain and Dunhuang hill [i.e., Tianshan Mountain Range], and that satellite Yuezhi statelets, after migrating to Central Asia, still adopted as their clan name ancient city of 'Zhaowu' [??? said to be today's Zhaowu-cun Village in Linze-xian (bordering the lake) County, which was renamed in Jinn Emperor Wudi's era from Zhaowu-xian County under the Zhangye-jun Commandary that was set up in 111 B.C.E.]. Alternatively, it could be said that when Han Dynasty in 111 B.C. set up the Zhaowu county, they were acknowledging some historical sayings from before the 200 B.C., when the Huns were said to have expelled the Yuezhi. Also refer to my discussions of the geography related to the 3rd century BC Hunnic-Yuezhi War.
This webmaster tried to reconcile Sima Qian's statement in regards to the migration of the Lesser Yuezhi, in the aftermath of the Huns' attack in the last years of the 3rd century BCE, to give the Yuezhi people some credit of living a bit further to the east, i.e., staying somewhere near the Blackwater Lake [i.e., the Ejina or Juyan Lake]. According to excavated bamboo strips from the Lake Juyan area, the original Yuezhi people, after 80 years or 3-4 generations since the first Hunnic attack against them [at prior to 200 B.C.E.], still dwelled in large numbers at the Lake Juyan.
Wang Zhonghan pointed out that Shang China might have mentioned the term 'Yuezhi' in a different pictograph, and subsequent Zhou Dynasty had contained similar names. -- Just similar names but not necessarily the same as Yuezhi. (Shang Dynasty's records had to be the so-called Shang[-Dydasty] Shu which redundantly listed the barbarian tribes with names as known during Han Dynasty Emperor Wudi's eras, and Zhou Dynasty's record could be the misnomer Yu-zhi name which was listed as a place that Zhou King Muwang visited around the area to the east of today's northeastern Yellow River inflexion point.) However, Wang Zhonghan, as well as predecessor Wang Guowei, could be wrong here. Both were assuming that the ancient book Guan-zi was an authentic book. The bare truth is that it was a forgery in the 1st century A.D. Qi Lord Huan'gong's 7th cent. B.C. campaign against Bai-di and Yu-shi, a military action that the hegemony lord conducted to win the respect among the Zhou vassals on the ground of defending the Zhou Dynasty court, was an obscure record in the Chinese history. Around Xin (New) Dynasty (AD 6-23), there occurred a forgery movement by Chinese scholars, possibly with the intention of substantiating the mandate of the usurper Wang Mang's dynasty. The classics which were proved forgeries include "Guan-zi", which historian Ma Feibai pierced sentence by sentence. I have to reserve my judgment. Guan-zi could be very much a forgery written in Han Dynasty or in another sense a book with numerous forged chapters on top of the original chapters. Sima Qian could not have been said to have cited Guan-zi in claiming that Qi Lord Huan'gong a) had campaigned against Da-xia and b) stepped onto the Kumtag Desert -- which appeared to me to be a latter day add-on. Otherwise, why would Sima Qian call Zhang Qian's trip to the West by piercing the vacuum?
There is no chance for Qi Lord Huan'gong to ever travel beyond the central land of today's Shanxi-Shenxi provinces, i.e., today's Eastern Yellow River Bend. (Imagine: Would the Qin statelet allow the Qi army to pass their domain to go against the Kumtag desert to the west?) Alternatively, Qin Emperor Shihuangdi ordered stone inscription to be erected, stating that he had reached as far as the land of Da-xia to the north, which was ascertained to be in today's central Shanxi Province. It would be after Zhang Qian's trip to the Central Asia that Chinese records began to designate today's Afghanistan as Da-xia (Bactria), which alternatively substantiated my claim that Guan-zi was a forgery, and similar statements in Sima Qian's Shi-ji could be later insertion. (See Preliminary Discussions on Forgeries in Chinese Classics for my rebuttals on the additional forged books of Guan-zi.)
Using Ma Feibai's same logic, I had found the two other books, "Yi-zhou-shu" or "Zhou-shu" (Zhou Dynasty [16th cen. B.C. - 256 B.C.] book, not the Zhou-shu from the South-North Dynasty AD 557-581) and "Shang-shu" (Shang Dynasty [16-11th cent. B.C.] book, not Shang-shu, i.e., remote ancient book which was said to be abridged by Zuo Qiuming), to be written in the exact same style and could be forgeries by possibly the same person. In the apparently forged Yi-zhou-shu and Shang-shu books, you could find sentences redundantly listing the names of barbarian tribes and vassals as known in the Han Emperor Wudi's reign of B.C. 140-86, including the name of Yuezhi to be some alien tribe to have surrendered tributes as early as Shang Dynasty (16-11th cent. B.C.), which was quite an irony, not to mention the forgeries in conveniently penning a boundary of the central kingdom as well as the positions of various alien tribes and vassals per then-known knowledge as of the 1st century A.D. The book "Guan-zi" was very much a political economy book which centered around the statesmen's leverage of economic policies in the rule of a country, in which extensive citations were made, albeit using the Han Dynasty and Xin Dynasty terminologies and incidents unwittingly, such as the theme of the salt-iron debates of the early Han Dynasty.
More Disputes on the Locality of Yuezhi: Da-xia, not necessarily Bactria which was ruled by Bessus (?-329 BCE), a satrap under Persian King Darius III, and conquered by Alexander the Great around the 330s B.C.E., did have an entry in The Legends of the Mountains and Seas, in the section Hai Nei Dong Jing (i.e., Legends of the eastern area within the seas), to the effect that Da-xia, Jian-sha, Ju-yao and Yue-zhi were beyond the Kumtag Desert. Further, it also could confirm the point that the Yuezhi had not penetrated the northern Kumtag Deseart to reach the Juyan Lake - where the excavated Han Dynasty bamboo strips were found to have contained the nine Zhaowu clan names dating from around the 130s-120s B.C.E. era. Should we buy the above records in The Legends of the Mountains and Seas to be authentic, then we could say that in the 4th century B.C.E., i.e., the approximate date that the book was written, the ancient Chinese did possess the knowledge that beyond the Kumtag Desert, there were the statelets such as Da-xia, Jian-sha, Ju-yao and Yue-zhi [if this book from about the 4th century B.C.E. was not a latter-day forgery or the statement was not a latter-day insertion]. Note that this statement was inserted into the section on the "eastern" within-sea-border area, not the "western" direction, where the Kumtag Desert was located. Could this be a mis-placed statement by later scholars? Unfortunately, the "seas" component of The Legends of the Mountains and Seas was not likely written in the 4th century B.C.E. as the original "mountain" component of The Legends of the Mountains and Seas. That is, the "seas" component was written after the 3rd century B.C.E. Hun-Yuezhi War.
More, in the Bei Shan Jing (i.e., northern mountain range) of Wu Zang San Jing (i.e., the mountain part of The Legends of the Mountains and Seas, there was a statement to the effect that the water from the Dunhong mountain flew west to feed into the You-ze Lake (i.e., commonly taken as the Salty Lake or the Puchang-hai Sea), which was the source of the Yellow River. Numerous interpretations exist, with some claiming that the Dunhong water first flew west into today's Bositeng Lake and then the overflowing water exited the Bositeng Lake (i.e., west sea) to go east to enter You-ze the Salty Lake or today's Luobupo Lake - which was taken by the ancient Chinese to be the underground source of the Yellow River for the lake's unchanged water level. The other claim would be to state that the Dunhong water could be the ancient Shule River, which is to the south of the Qilian Mountain, that once flew west into the Salty Lake, or the Blackwater River (i.e., Ruo-shui or weak water) on the northern slope of the Qilian Mountain flowing westward into the Kumtag Desert. In any case, the ancient Chinese, with the San-miao people exiled to the Western Corridor in the mid-3rd millennium BCE, had apparently penetrated into Chinese Turkestan to leave the mummies there around 2000 B.C.E., and could have re-gained the geological knowledge about Chinese Turkestan around the 4th century B.C.E. This paragraph is to make the point that the ancient Chinese in about the 4th century B.C.E., did have detailed information about the areas beyond the Kumtag Desert, as exhibited in the copious polemic discourse on the origin of the Yellow River that started at minimum from the book Shan Hai Jing (The Legends of the Mountains and Seas).
Again, the unfortunate thing was that Bei Shan Jing (i.e., northern mountain range) of Wu Zang San Jing (i.e., the mountain part of The Legends of the Mountains and Seas) could actually mean the You-ze Lake to be some possibly former marshland along the whole segment of today's Northern Yellow River Bend - the area that ancient overlord Yu had been said to have started the flood control by first leading the river course at Jishi [the mountain of piled up rocks]. See this webmaster's exposition of King Muwang's travelogue.
This webmaster has doubt about the ethnic nature of the Yuezhi --who could be one variety of the Yiqu-rong barnbarians who in turn derived from either one of the original exiled barbarians in the 3rd millennium B.C.E. While there was definite description about the Wusun, there was no such description till the Three Kingdom time period when the Yuezhi, who had dwelled in Central Asia for 300-400 years already, were described by the Chinese to possess the "chi [red] bai [white] se [color]". This webmaster at most would treat the Yuezhi as admixture. (Alternative records pointed to at least some Yuezhi as being of black skin.) Records related to Yuezhi would praise them as a country of "good horses" that was equivalent to Rome as a country of "treasures" and China as a country of "people". Do note that when the ancient Chinese, using a traditional parallel syntax, equated Yuezhi as the country of "good horses" to China and Rome, it was at a much later time period, i.e., during the Three Kingdom time period and after Zhang Qian's 2nd century BC travel to the west, which was eulogized in history as an act of "piercing the vacuum".
Historian Luu Simian had attempted to explain the relationship of Yuezhi, Wusun and the Huns by piercing the historical statement that Wusun and the Huns shared the same customs of "xing guo" [i.e., seasonal migration palaces], and concluded that although Yuezhi and Wusun might be kinsmen, Wusun was the only non-Mongoloid exception in sharing the same lifestyle as the Mongoloid Huns. Luu Simian's view was that the Yuezhi and the Wusun, who were possibly related, did not share the same customs - because the Yuezhi built the fixed place while the Wusun adopted the migratory path as the Huns. (This webmaster's gut feeling was that the Yuezhi did not come out of nowhere but part of the Yiqu-rong people. Note that the Yiqu-rong barbarians, descendants of the original five Rong groups exiled to the Jingshui River [from Long-xi or west of today's Gansu] by Zhou King Muwang in the 10th century B.C.E., had hundreds of years of war with the Qin people in the latter part of the 1st millennium B.C.E. See the trajectory of the 'animal' motif of the Scythians noted in the Caspians the 7th century BCE and earlier, about the Altaic around the 5th century BCE and near the Ordos in the 3rd century BCE and this webmaster's belief that the Schythians and the Yuezhi might not be related at all.) Scholar Wang Guowei, interestingly, believed that the Yuezhi and the Huns were indeed the split-off groups of the Sinitic Xia Chinese since prehistory. Wang Zhonghan concluded that the Huns had comprised of Qiangs [Rong2], Di , and Hu. The Huns were historically restricted to the territory of Mt Yinshan and Sheath area of the Yellow River till first Hunnic Chanyu Mote killed his father in 209 B.C., ruled the tribe and expanded its domain. The Huns first defeated the Eastern Hu nomads in 206 BC, then attacked the Yuezhi to the west, and possibly took control of the Western Corridor [He-xi Corridor] by that time. The Huns again attacked the Yuezhi to the west around 176 BC, hence driving the Yuezhi further away and taking control of 26 statelets in Chinese Turkistan. In 174 BC, the newly-enthroned Chanyu Laoshang mounted another campaign against the Yuezhi, killed the Yuezhi king, and made the king's skull as a drinking utensil, a treasure that passed on to the descendants for the next several hundred years.
Ethnicity of the Chinese Nation, Melting Pots & Barbarian Invasions
Revolutionary forerunner Zhang Taiyan [Zhang Bingling] pointed out in the early 20th century that a Nation like China is unique in its continuity for three important characteristics, i.e., language, customs, and history. Though the Manchu had changed our customs, i.e., haircut and clothes, our language had continued. In contrast, American Indians had lost their language, their customs, and their history. The three characteristics of language, customs, and history, i.e., a trinity, i) make the "Chinese Han ethnicity" unique and ii) distinguish between the 50 plus Chinese nationalities in the category of the yellow sub-race. Revolutionary forerunners, in the early 20th century, had undergone stages of cognizance as to "social Darwinism" but finally adopted for the Republic of China the "Five Color National Flag" [1912-1928], which was symbolic of the union of five ethnic groups of Han, Mongol, Manchu, Tibetan & Hui Muslim. The difference in "language, customs and history", e.g., those between the Uygur Turks and Chinese Dungans, would be a good case to exhibit the importance of trinity in "language, customs and history" for understanding the historical context of Chinese nationalities and Chinese ethnicities.
Conventional history claimed that the Chinese were monotonous ethnically. This claim does not take into considerations of the Uygurs who had exhibited different physiques from the Mongolians, a feature that had been acquired after the ancestors of the Uygurs [i.e., Huihe] migrated to Chinese Turkistan per Albert von Le Coq's observations. For Westerners, they certainly could not tell the difference between Chinese, Manchurians, Vietnamese, Koreans, Mongolians, and Hui or Muslim Chinese. They look the same on the surface. A careful perusal of China's 24 Histories, however, showed that the ancient and modern Chinese might not be that monotonous at all. As we know, the Mongolians have their particular characteristics. The eyes are usually chestnut-colored, and the hair is mostly brown, dark-brown to dark, in contrast with southerners who usually possess darker skins, hairs and eyes. The description of different physique among the alienized Chinese and the barbarians pinpointed the fact that the Chinese nation was never in isolation but in contacts with different groups of peoples.
Largely due to the double destructions to the ancient Chinese literature at the time of First Qin Emperor Shihuangdi's book burning and consecutive arson in the hands of General Xiang Yu, the prehistoric contexts of the Chinese are very much blurred. Though, my interpretation of ancient classics did prove that Chinese civilization, since the time of Huangdi, had been continuously Mongoloid. To corroborate the ethnicity of Huangdi the Yellow Overlord, I had cited Prof Wei Chu-Hsien who had provided ancient classics Shi-zi (approx 338 BC works) in authenticating the ethnicity about barbarians in four directions: Guan-xiong-guo in the south, Chang-gu-guo (Chang-gong? long arm) in the west, Shen-mu-guo (deep eye socket) in the north, and Yuhu and Yujing as east-sea and north-sea seagods. Once and for all, we could settle the issues in regards to Huangdi or the Yellow Overlord, i.e., i) semantic error in translating the overlord for 'di4' into emperor; ii) Nordic racist appropriation in attaching Caucasian tag to Huangdi. I will use Shi-zi's record of deep eye socket people to the north of Huangdi as a corrobaration that Huangdi people were not of deep-socket eyes at all. Likewise, in the section above, I had expounded the ethnic nature of various Rong people and cleared the dispute in regards to the ethnicity of 'Rong' people.
The early Chinese people, consisting of the mainly bird-totem Yi [misnomer Eastern Yi] people and the later dragon-totem Xia people in the west, had been moving around the country many times in the past. The Yao-Shun-Yu legends clearly testified to the fact that the Yi and Hua-xia peoples had co-existed on the Chinese continent, with very possibly the same origin, and the two groups of people had exerted power over each other, successively. Here, Lord Yao was said to belong to the Hua tribes, but his power was yielded over to Shun who, being revered by the Shang Dynasty as an cestor, was a Yi tribal leader, with his power yielded back to the Hua-xia people led by Lord Yu --who was historically named Rong-yu, a chacateristics to pinpoint the later Xi-rong [western Rong] land of today's Sichuan-Hubei/Shenxi provincial borderline. Interesting will be the fact that ancestors of the later Qin Empire had migrated to Shaanxi (Shenxi) Province in the western-most China of the time, from the traditional Yi playground of today's East China and Shandong Province. Records showed that the Qin ancestors had migrated westward and participated in Lord Yu's master plan for quelling the floods. Qin's ancestor could be traced to Bo Yi (aka Da-fei) under Lord Shun. Bo Yi's father was called Da-ye (Gaoyao). Da-ye was born by Nu-xiu who swallowed the egg of a sparrow, while Nu-xiu, in turn, was a descendant of Lord Zhuanxu. The story of sparrow totem shows that ancestors of the Qin people belonged to the so-called Yi [misnomer Eastern Yi] people, which we repeatedly stated to be a misnomer since the original inhabitants in Yi's land were the orthodox Chinese from the ancient Tai-hao-shi epoch, earlier than the known Sino-Tibetan legacy dating from the Yellow Overlord era. Further, during the time period of the Five Nomadic Groups Ravaging China, Hunnic rebel Liu Yuan claimed that the Zhou Dynasty royal house had origin in the Yi people to the east. Both the Qin and Zhou groups of people, who dwelled in western China and had thousands of years of inter-relationship, for the duration of Xia-Shang dynasties, could have ancestry in the original Chinese who participated in Lord Yu's flood control projects in the mid-3rd century millennium.
Ethnicity of Early Chinese People
There is no such thing as today's Chinese being the same as the ancient Chinese. Scholar Luo Xianglin, in "History of Chinese Nationalities" (Chinese Culture Publishing Enterprise Co, Taipei, Taiwan, May 1953 edition), stated that ancient China possessed five tribal groups: Xia, Qiang, Di, Yi, and Man. In Luo Xianglin's viewpoint, four other tribal groups of Qiang, Di, Yi, and Man went through a process of conversion and diversion with Xia people. Per Luo Xianglin, Xia people first originated in Mt Minshan and upperstream River Min-jiang areas of Sichuan-Gansu provincial borderline. Xia people then split into two groups, with one going north to reach Wei-shui River and upperstream Han-shui River of Shenxi Province and then east to Shanxi Province by crossing the Yellow River. The second group, per Luo Xianglin, went south to populate southern Chinese provinces as the 'Yue' people. Luo Xianglin's linking Yue people to Xia people was based on the common lexicon 'yue' which meant for excavated ancient "stone axe". In the west, Qiangic people spread across Tibet-Qinghai-Sichuan-Gansu-Shenxi provinces to become Xi-Rong & Xi-Qiang; in the east, Yi [meaning the people with bows semantically] spread across Jiangsu-Anhui-Shandong-Henan-Hebei-Manchuria to become Dong-Yi; in the south, Man spread across Hubei-Hunan-Jiangxi-Guizhou-Guangxi-Fujian-Zhejiang to become Nan-Man; and in the north, Di spread across Xinjiang-Ningxia-Mongolia-Shanxi-Hebei provinces to become Bei-Di. Here, Xi-Rong or Western Rong meant for later Rong people (Sino-Tibetan speaking Qiangic people) in northwestern China, Bei-Di or Northern Di meant for later northern Di people, Dong-Yi or Eastern Yi people meant for later Yi people in the east, and Nan-Man or Southern Man2 meant for the southern barbarians.
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 Yuezhi, Wusun & Sai-ren [Scythians]?
According to Sima Qian, the northern nomads were entitled 'Shanrong' (mountain Rong) or Xunyu or Xianyun at times of Lord Yao and Lord Shun, Chunwei tribe at times of Xia Dynasty, Guifang (ghost domain) at times of Shang Dynasty, again Xianyun at times of Zhou Dynasty, and Hsiongnu (Huns) at times of Han Dynasty. Further, the Huns were said to be descendants of Xunyu, the son of last Xia Lord Jie who was banished to Henan Province by Shang. Xunyu fled to norther plains to become ancestors of later Huns. They would attack the ancestors of Zhou founder. Zhou kings had zigzag wars with the Huns. But inter-marriage was also rampant.
Count of West, Xibo, namely, Zhou Ancestor Ji Chang, once attacked the Doggy Rongs (said to be same as Xianyun barbarian on the steppe). Dozen years later, Zhou King Wuwang exiled the Rongs north of the Jing & Luo Rivers. The Rongs were also called Huangfu at the time, a name to mean their 'erratic submission'. 200 years later, Zhou King Muwang attacked the Doggy Rongs and history recorded that he captured four white wolves & four white deers (white deer and white wolf being the titles of ministers of Rongdi barbarians) during his campaign. The Huangfu (Doggy Rong) people then no longer sent in yearly gifts and tributes. Zhou King Yiwang, the grandson of King Muwang (r. 1,001 - 946 BC), would be attacked by the Rongs. The great grandson, King Xuanwang (reign 827 - 782), finally fought back against the Rongs. Shi Jing eulogized King Xuanwang's reaching Taiyuan of Shanxi Province and fighting the Jiangrong. Thereafter, King Youwang (reign 781-771) was killed by the Doggy Rongs at the foothill of Lishan Mountain and capital Haojing was sacked. Quanrong & Xirong had come to aid Marquis Shenhou (father-in-law of King Youwang of Western Zhou, c 11 cent - 770 BC) in killing King Youwang of Zhou Dynasty in 770 BC. Rongs who stayed on at Lishan were called Li-rong. The Rongs moved to live between the Jing & Wei Rivers. Lord Qin Xianggong was conferred the old land of Zhou by Zhou King Pingwang (reign 770-720). Zhou King Pingwang encouraged the Qin Lord to drive out the Quanrongs.
Qin warred with various Rong peoples over a time span of over 600 years. When Zhou King Liwang was ruling despotically, the Xi Rong (Xirong or Western Rong) people rebelled in the west and killed most of the Daluo lineage of Qin people. Zhou King Xuanwang conferred Qin Lord 'Qin Zhong' (r. BC 845-822 ?) the title of 'Da Fu' and ordered him to quell the Xirong. Qin Lord Zhuanggong's senior son, Shifu, would swear that he would kill the king of the Rong people to avenge the death of Qin Zhong before returning to the Qin capital. Zhuanggong's junior son would be Qin Lord Xianggong (Ying Kai) who assisted Zhou King Pingwang (reign 770-720) in cracking down on both the Western Rong and the Dogggy Rong. Shifu was taken prisoner of war by Xi Rong during the 2nd year reign of Qin Lord Xianggong and did not get released till one year later. During the 7th year reign of Qin Lord Xianggong, i.e., 771 BC, Doggy Rong barbarians sacked Zhou capital and killed Zhou king at the invitation of Marquis Shen (i.e., Shenhou). Qin Lord Xianggong (Ying Kai) died during the 12th year of his reign (766 BC) when he campaigned against the Rong at Qishan. Qin Lord Wengong (r. BC 765-716), during his 16th year reign, Wengong defeated Rong at Qishan. Wengong would give the land east of Qishan back to Zhou court. Qin Lord Ninggong (r. BC 715-704) would defeat King Bo and drove King Bo towards the Rong people during the 3rd year reign, i.e., 713 BC. Ninggong conquered King Bo's Dang-shi clan during the 12th year reign, i.e., 704 BC. Qin Lord Wugong (r. BC 697-677), during the 10th year reign, exterminated Gui-rong (Shanggui of Longxi) and Ji-rong (Tiansui Commandary), and the next year, exterminated Du-bo Fief (southeast of Xi'an), Zheng-guo Fief (Zheng-xian County) and Xiao-guo Fief (an alternative Guo Fief, different from the Guo domain conferred by Zhou King Wenwang onto his brother, Guo-shu). Xiao-guo Fief was said to be a branch of the Qiang people.
Meanwhile, lord of the Jinn Principality, Jinn Xian'gong (r. 676-651 BC), attacked Li-rong (Xi Rong) barbarians during his 5th year reign, i.e., 672 BC approx, and captured a Li-rong woman called Li-ji. Rongdi nomads attacked Zhou King Xiangwang (reign 651-619) at the encouragement of Zhou Queen who was the daughter of Rongdi ruler. Jinn Principality helped Zhou King by attacking the Rongs and then escorted the king back to his throne 4 years after the king went into exile. After the defeat in the hands of Jinn, the Rongs moved to the land between the west segment of the Yellow River loop or bend and the Luo River, and two groups were known at the time, Chidi (Red Di) and Baidi (White Di). Prince Chong'Er of Jinn Principality, during his long years of exile, had travelled across the whole China domain of the time. He lived for many years in the state of Di where his mother-in-law was from and later married with a woman of Chi Di (Red Di) State, a woman captured by the lord of Di [White Di] State.
In 664 BC, Qi Lord Huangong destroyed the statelets of Shan-rong and Guzhu. (Guzhu was formerly Zhu-guo Statelet, a vassal of ex-Shang dynasty. The Shan-rong or Mountain Rongs went across the Yan Principality of Hebei Province to attack Qi Principality in today's Shandong Province. 44 years later, they attacked Yan. Around 664 BC, Yan-Qi joint armies destroyed the Mountain Rong Statelet as well as the Guzhu Statelet.
During the 16th year of Zhou King Huiwang (reign 676-652), namely, 661 BC, the Chang Di barbarians who were located near today's Jinan City of Shandong Province, under Sou Man, attacked the Wey and Xing principalities. The Di barbarians, hearing of Qi army's counter-attacks at Mountain-rong, embarked on a pillage in central China by attacking Wey and Xing statelets. The Di barbarians killed Wey Lord Yigong (r. BC 668-660 ?) who was notorious for indulging in raising numerous birds called 'he' (cranes), and the barbarians cut him into pieces. A Wey minister would later find Yigong's liver to be intact, and hence he committed suicide by cutting apart his chest and saving Yigong's liver inside of his body.
Over 20 years later, in 636 BC approx, the Rongdi nomads attacked Zhou King Xiangwang (reign 651-619) at the encouragement of Zhou Queen who was the daughter of Rongdi ruler. Jinn Principality helped Zhou King by attacking the Rongs and then escorted the king back to his throne 4 years after the king went into exile. After the defeat in the hands of Jinn, the Rongs moved to the land between the west segment of the Yellow River loop or bend and the Luo River, and two groups were known at the time, Chidi (Red Di) and Baidi (White Di). Baidi (White Di) dwelled in ancient Yanzhou (today's Yan'an), Suizhou (today's Suide) and Yinzhou (today's Ningxia on west Yellow River Bend). Zuo Shi Chunjiu stated Jinn defeated Baidi and remnants were know as Bai-bu-hu later. Chidi (Red Di) dwelled in a place called Lu(4), near today's Shangdang. Zuo Shi Chunjiu stated that Jinn Principality destroyed the Lu(4) tribe of the Chidi, and the remnants were know as Chi-she-hu nomads later.
In 659 BC, Qin Lord Mugong conquered Maojin-rong. In 623 BC, i.e., during the 37th year reign, Qin Mugong, using You Yu as a guide, campaigned against the Xirong and conquered the Xirong Statelet under their lord Chi Ban. Once Chi Ban submitted to Qin, the rest of Western Rong nomads in the west acknowledged the Qin overlordship. Qin Mugong would conquer altogether a dozen (12) states in Gansu-Shaanxi areas and controlled the western China of the times. Zhou King dispatched Duke Zhaogong to congratulate Qin with a gold drum.
During the 3rd year reign of Qin Gonggong, i.e., 606 BC, Lord Chu Zhuangwang campaigned northward against the Luhun-rong barbarians and inquired about the Zhou cauldrons when passing through the Zhou capital. Luhun-rong barbarians, according to Hou Han Shu, had relocated to northern China from ancient Gua-zhou prefecture of Gansu Prov. Alternatively speaking, per ancient scholar Du Yu, Luhun-rong barbarians, with clan name of Yun-shi, originally dwelled to the northwest of Qin and Jinn principalities, but Qin/Jinn seducingly relocated them to Yichuan area (i.e, Xincheng, Henan Prov) during the 22nd year reign of Lu Lord Xigong (r. BC 659-627), i.e., in 638 BC.
As to barbarian groups, there were Mianzu-Quanrong-Di-Wanrong to the west of Qin Principality, Yiqu-Dali-Wushi-Xuyan etc to the north of Qin Principality, Linhu-Loufan to the north of Jin (Jinn) Principality, and Donghu-Shanrong to the north of Yan Principality. Mianzu could be pronounced Raozhu. Quanrong was know as Kunrong or Hunrong or Hunyi. The character 'hun4' for Hunyi or Hun-yi is the same as Hunnic King Hunye or Kunye and could mean the word of mixing-up. Wan-rong dwelled in today's Tianshui, Gansu Prov. Yiqu was one of the Xirong or Western rong stateles at ancient Qingzhou and Ningzhou. Dali-rong dwelled in today's Fengxu County. Wushi was originally Zhou land, but it was taken over by Rong. Qin King Huiwang took it back from Rong later. Linhu was later destroyed by General Li Mu. Loufan belonged to Yanmen'guan Pass.
During the 13th year reign of King Jianwang, i.e., 573 BC, Jinn Lord Ligong was killed by Luan Shu and Zhongxing Yan, and Jinn dispatched emissaries (led by a Zhi family member) to the Zhou court to retrieve Zi-zhou as Lord Daogong. Jinn Lord Daogong made peace with Rongdi (who attacked Zhou King Xiangwang earlier), and the Rongdi sent in gifts and tributes to Jinn. Another one hundred years, Zhao Xiang-zi of Zhao Principality took over Bing and Dai areas near Yanmen'guan Pass. Zhao, together with Han and Wei families, destroyed another opponent called Zhi-bo and split Jinn into three states of Han, Zhao & Wei. Yiqu-Rong built castles to counter Qin. Qin King Huiwang took over 25 cities from Yiqu.
In 461 BC, Qin Lord Ligong, with 20,000 army, attacked Dali-rong barbarians and took over Dali-rong capital. In 444 BC, Qin Lord Ligong attacked Yiqu-rong barbarians in the areas of later Qingzhou and Ningzhou and captured the Yiqu-rong king. Around 430 BC, Yiqu-rong barbarians counter-attacked Qin and reached south of Wei-sui River. Qin Lord Xiaogong (r. BC 361-338), during the first year reign, Qin Xiaogong made an open announcement for seeking talents all over China in the attempt of restoring Qin Mugong's glories. In the east, Qin Xiaogong took over Shaancheng city, and in the west, he defeated and killed a Rong king by the name of Huan-wang near Tiansui, Gansu Prov. Qin, under Qin King Zhaoxiangwang, continued wars against Wei & Zhao principalities. King Zhaoxiangwang's mother, Queen Dowager Xuantaihou, adultered with a Rong king from Yiqu Statelet in today's northwestern Shenxi Province. She had two sons born with Yiqu Rong King, but she killed Yiqu King and incorporated the lands of Longxi, Beidi and Shangjun (Yulin, Shenxi Prov) on behalf of Qin. Qin took over Shangjun from Wei. Qin built the Great Wall at Longxi of Gansu, Beidi and Shangjun of Shenxi land. The two successive Jinn states which bordered the northern nomads, Wei & Zhao, plus Qin and Yan, would be busy fighting the nomads for hundreds of years, and they built separate walls to drive the nomads out. Zhao King Wulingwang adopted reforms by wearing Hu cavalry clothing and he defeated Linhu / Loufan and built Great Wall from Dai to Yinshan Mountain. Zhao set up Yunzhong, Yanmen and Dai prefectures. A Yan Principality General by the name of Qin-kai, after returning from Donghu as a hostage, would attack Donghu and drive them away for 1000 li distance. Yan built Great Wall and set up Shanggu, Yuyang, You-beiping, Liaoxi and Liaodong prefectures.
The migrations in last two thousand years would be from north to south. One interesting thing will be about the Cantonese who refer to themselves as 'Tangyin' (i.e., Mandarin 'Tang Ren') or the Tang dynasty descendants. The Chinatowns across America will be simply named 'Tangyin Ga', namely the 'Tang People Street'. A linguistic comparison shows that the pronunciation of Cantonese and Japanese is almost the same. We certainly could not over-emphasize the inflow of Chinese to the south. Because recent DNA tests conducted on the Hakka and Fujian people across the Taiwan Straits showed that those people, purported to be the descendants of original Chinese, had much more in common with the Southern Yue barbarians than the northern Chinese. (To better understand the origin of Mongoloid, a study of the topic as to the southern origin of Mongoloid is a must: Y-Chromosome Evidence of Southern Origin of the East Asian-Specific Haplogroup O3-M122; Genetic Structure of Hmong-Mien Speaking Populations in East Asia as Revealed by mtDNA Lineages.)
First recorded organized migrations would be that conducted by Qin First Emperor Shihuangdi. Between 220 BC and 214 BC, Qin conquered and annexed territories covering present-day Guangdong, Guangxi and northern Vietnam, and part of Fujian. Qin Emperor Shihuangdi, after conquering the south, set up the commandaries of Guiling, Nanhai (south sea), and Xiangjun (elephant commandary) etc. History recorded that altogether 500,000 people, consisting of the disgraced men (those who lived in wives' houses, e.g.) and the merchants, were relocated to southern China. This explains the fact that today's Guangdong Province still possesses the most variety of ancient Chinese dialects.
Before the time period of 'Five Nomads Ravaging China', various nomadic groups had already dwelled in northern Chinese territories. At the time of Han Emperor Wudi, the Huns under King Hunye (Kunye) and Xiutu (Xiuzhu) were relocated to the northern Bend of the Yellow River from Zhangye and Wuwei of Gansu. Later, Huns under Hunnic King of 'Ri Zhuo Wang' (King of Sun Chasing) were escorted to northern China. In the 1st century, Southern Huns under King Huhanye had been relocated to northern China. In this area, for one hundred years already, the Huns were given privileges of tax exemption. By the end of Ts'ao Wei Dynasty, five Hunnic tribal groups were in existence in Hetao, with Leftside Tribe controlling 10,000 households in Cishi County, Taiyuan, Leftside Tribe 6,000 households in Qixian County, Southside Tribe 3,000 households in Puzi County, Northside Tribe 4,000 in Xingxin Couny, and Central Tribe 6,000 households in Daling County. After Jinn Dynasty was founded in AD 265, more Huns relocated to Yiyang, west of the Yellow River Bend, from north of the Gobi. History of Jinn Dynasty recorded that altogether 19 Hunnic tribal affiliations came to China. 'Five Nomads Ravaging China' would cause northern Chinese to migrate towards the south in hordes for the first time.
Tang Emperor Taizong, rebutting the advice of his minister Wei Zheng (who cited the Hunnic ravaging of China during the late Jinn Dynasty as a result of their dwelling south of the Yellow River, Hatao area), relocated over 100,000 Eastern Turks to the border areas, all the way from Shaanxi-Shanxi to today's Beijing city. Taizong did accept the advice of Yan Shigu, Du Chuke and Li Baiyao in having the Turks settle down north of the Yellow River. Taizong set up four more prefectures, Shunzhou, Youzhou, Huazhou and Changzhou along the Great Wall, and made Khan Tuli governor-general in charge of Shunzhou Prefecture. After the demise of Tang Dynasty, the Shato Turks set up consecutive dynasties in the north. The northern Chinese hence initiated another wave of migrations towards the south. Today's Cantonese would hence call themselves Tang people.
If the Cantonese residing in today's southern China belong to the Tang people, where would be those ancient Chinese before Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), a unified society after northern China went through hundreds of years of nomadic ruling during the 16 Nations (AD 304-420) and the North Dynasties (AD 386-581)? Compounding it further, today's Beijing would be seceded to the Khitans by Posterior Jinn (AD 936-946), and northern China would be lost to the Khitans. It endured Tangut Western Xia (AD 1032-1227), Jurchen Jin (AD 1115-1234) and then Mongol conquest (AD 1234-1279) and Mongol Yuan (AD 1279-1368). Beijing, back in Song Chinese hands for a short duration after Song promised to contribute the taxes to the Jurchens for their help in defeating the Khitans, was lost to the Jurchens thereafter and did not return to the Chinese rule till Ming Dynasty reunited China in 1368. When the first Ming Emperor, Zhu Yuanzhang, retook North China from the Mongols, there was almost no live souls in North China, after the massive killings of the Tanguts, the Hurchens and the Northern Chinese in the hands of the Mongols and then the raging wars between the Mongols and the Chinese rebels. Two to three Ming Dynasty emperors initiated a massive human migration in North China, that was known to be the Hongtong Emigration, lasting almost a century and with 18 government-sanctioned moves. The emigration of the surviving Chinese people out of today's mountains areas in southern Shanxi during the early Ming Dynasty led to a peculiar characteristics among today's northern Chinese, namely, the DNA being very much similar among the northern Chinese -- as today's northern Chinese, who traced their ancestry to the locust trees in Hontong County. It would be lost to Manchurians in AD 1644 again. Today's Chinese call themselves the 'Han' people, and 'Han' is the largest ethnical group in China versus the Mongolians, the Manchurians, and the Uygurs and etc. There is a reason for that. The Han dynasty is a unified empire who had extended its influence outside of the prehistoric domains of the Chinese. The Han Dynasty, in its fight against the Huns, pushed all the way to the Oxus and Fergana Valley. It also extended itself to Manchuria and Korea in the northeast and Vietnam in the south. While it was just a designation for the empire in Han's times, the name 'Han' is used as an ethnical group in today's China, sometime people could identify themselves with.
The first identifiable 'alien' [non-Xia-Chinese] elements, in my opinion, should be attributed to those in southern China, instead. In another sense, the 'alien' people in the mid-Yangtze area were not aliens, but orthodox Chinese who were driven away from the central plains and the Shandong coast, as a result of the wars between the later-orthodox Yellow Overlord and the original Yi Chinese as represented by the Fiery Overlord (who could be the same person as Chi-you, i.e., the god of agriculture and the god of war). At the times of Lords Yao-Shun-Yu, the so-called 'Sanmiao' (Three Miao) people had been living in the middle Yangtze River, taking Lake Dongting as their very homeland. This place would remain marshlands and lakes till the time of the Chu State of the Warring States period (403-221 BC). The State of Chu, 1500 years after Xia Dynasty was first established, would still belong to an alien ethnical group, and they were the first group of people to reject the overlordship of the Zhou Dynasty by declaring themselves as a king of equal footing. According to Sima Qian, the 'Sanmiao' people, as a punishment for aiding the Danzhu Rebellion, were mostly relocated to western China to guard against the western nomads. This would provide one of the evidences to link the Sanmiao to people emerging later in the area, namely, the Qiang people and the Di(1) nomads etc. (The Di nomads had been suspected to be responsible for the so-called 'Sanxingdui Excavations' in today's Sichuan Province.) China's classics, Sea & Mountain Records claimed that Sanmiao people were derived from the infilial son of Fiery Lord. Both San Miao in the south and later Quanrong (Doggy Rong) in the west were said to be descended from Pan Hu, the ancestor of the dogs. In light of the relocation here, I will speculate as the linguist did about the possibility of the Qiangic people being pressured into a movement towards Tibet which was called 'Zhang', a mutation of Qiang. In late Han times, the Qiangs had been mercenaries of Han emperors in numerous wars, and one family of generals (General Ma Teng and his sons) had joined the Shu Han against the Wei Kingom during Three Kingdoms Period (AD 220-280). The Qiangs as well as the Di nomad would play their part in the later landslide campaigns in northern China, 'Five Nomads Ravaging China' of 4-5th centuries. They joined hands with a branch of Xianbei nomads and created a lasting kindom called 'Tuyuehun', which competed against the Tibetans proper well into the 7th century. At one time, 'Tuyuehun' was conquered by the Tibetans, but the son of Tibetan prime minister had later brought the 'Tuyuehun' people back to Tang Dynasty. (The name of Tibet was purported to have been a mutation of a branch of western Xianbei called Tufa.) The Dangxiang Qiangs, a branch of the Western Qiangs or Xi Qiangs, would evolve into the later Xixia Kingdom. The Danxiang or the Tanguts, in my opinion, are descendants of the Qiangs, earlier Tuyuehun people and the Tobas, and they carried Toba family name.
In "China's Imperial Past" by Charles Hucker, a good point was made about the distinction between the sedentary and nomadic ways of life in China's northern areas, around the Yellow River line, at the time of prehistory. The ancestors of later Huns are not much different from the sedentary Chinese, and Russian archaeological discoveries in Mongolia stated that the Huns had practiced agriculture in ancient Mongolia. Both groups of peoples had partial agriculture and partial husbandry in the area. It was due to the Chinese building up walled states that led to the polarization of the two ways of life. The Zhou people, counted as kinsmen of the Chinese, were living among the barbaric west. At times of Shang China, the ancestors of the Zhou people migrated to the west and was conferred the title of 'Xi Bo' (Count of the West) as a buffer state against the Western nomads. Even at times of Zhou Dynasty, pockets of nomadic tribes and states still existed in the hearts of the Yellow River Valley, as in the case of Di Statelet, Chi Di Statelet and Chang Di Statelet etc.
There is no solid evidence, written or archaeological, to expound the ethnic nature of the 'Rong(2)' and 'Di(2)' barbarians. Various literature pointed to 'Rong(2)' and 'Di(2)' as belonging to the Sino-Tibetan Qiangic people, and it is just a riddle how the Qiangic language had mutated into the Altaic language -unless we completely put aside the convenient classification and adopt scholar Wang Zhonghan's research which showed that in the first and middle part of Zhou Dynasty, the western barbarians and northern barbarians were the same, i.e., the Qiangs, but by the latter part of the Zhou Dynasty, the northern barbarians appeared to be different from the western barbarians, namely, having a mix of the people from today's Manchuria. What is apparent would be the fact that the northern nomads, by the name of 'Shanrong' or Xunyu or Xianyun, had been roaming on at least the Inner Mongolia east-west steppe over 4000 years ago, prior to the emergence of Xia-Shang-Zhou dynasties. The demise of Xia Dynasty would see Chunwei, the son of last Xia Dynasty Lord Jie, fleeing to the north and northwest to join the nomads and becoming the de facto ancestor of the later Huns. Sima Qian's section on Shang Dynasty did not mention too much on the steppe people. However, after the demise of Shang, records from Zhou Dynasty mentioned a group of the Rong people under King Bo in northwestern China. This would be a Xirong lord by the title of 'Bo' in a place called 'Dang(4) She' where the character 'dang' was said to be a mutation of the Shang Dynasty founder, 'Shang-Tang'. Ancient classics said that this group of people claimed heritage from Shang-Tang and used the ancient Shang capital name 'Bo' for the title of their king. Later, Qin Lord Ninggong (r. BC 715-704) defeated King Bo and drove King Bo towards the Rong people during the 3rd year reign, i.e., in 713 BC. Ninggong conquered King Bo's Dang-shi clan during the 12th year reign, i.e., 704 BC. In Zhou King Muwang's travelogue around 1000 BCE, we could tell that descedants of the San-Miao (i.e., three Miao) people were still living along the west bank of today's western Yellow River Bend and beyond, somewhere between the Blackwater Lake and the Yellow River. Further, the travelogue carried accounts about Shang Dynasty's descendants living along the North Yellow Bend and in the land of today's Inner Mongolia as the [Yellow] River Guardian. As to King Bo's Rong, Qin Lord Wengong (r. BC 765-716) defeated King Bo's Rong and gave the land east of Qishan back to Zhou court.
The compositions of the Rong are complicated. We had touched upon the categories of the Western Rong, Doggy Rong, and Rongdi Rong in the Hun section. In light of King Bo, we could say that some descendants or affiliates of Shang would be related to the King Bo's Rong people. Huangfu Mi of Jinn Dynasty had doubts about King Bo's ancestry in Shang-Tang. Huangfu Mi of Jinn Dynasty treated King Bo as a branch of 'Xi-yi' or Western Yi aliens. Yi is more an inclusive word to mean aliens, and the Qiangs and Di(1) people could be called Xi Yi, i.e., Yi in the west, while some southwestern barbarians would be called Xi-Nan Yi, namely, southwestern Yi. In this sense, some of the Rongs at the time of Zhou Dynasty could be of Qiangic or Di(1) nature. The Qiangs, in turn, would be the descendants of the Yandi (Fiery Lord or Fiery Emperor) tribal group carrying the tribal name "Jiang". New History Of Tang Dynasty said the Tibetans belonged to the Xi Qiang, namely, the western Qiangic peoples. There were 150 different groups of Qiangic peoples, widely dispersed among Sichuan, Ganshu, Qinhai and Shenxi Provinces. Ancient classics stated that the word 'qiang' means the shepards in the west. The book which was called 'Continuum To Hou Han Shu' stated that the Qiangs were alternative race of the Jiang surname tribes of San Miao. According to Sima Qian, the 'SanMiao' people, who resided in the land where the later Chu Statelet was, were mostly relocated to western China to guard against the western nomads. Lord Shun, who took over the overlord post from Lord Zhi (reign 2366-2358 BC ?, the son of Lord Diku), relocated them to western China as a punishment for their aiding Dan Zhu (the son of Lord Yao reign 2357-2258 BC ?) in rebellion.
Waves Of Southern Migrations Of Chinese
In Han times, the ethnicity was a simple issue since the nomadic infiltrations were limited. The early principalities of Zhou Dynasties built various so-called 'walls' to defend themselves against the nomads, and Qin Empire linked and rebuilt it into the famous Great Wall after it drove the Huns out of the Hetao Area. Han Dynasty had inherited the domain of the Qin Empire, and it would wage zigzag warfare with the Huns for centuries, but a breach similar to the Visigoths destroying the Roman Empire would not come till the 4th century when the so-called 'Five Nomads' ravaged China as a result of disintegration of Western Jinn Dynasty (AD 265-316). Historians blamed it on General Ts'ao Ts'ao who relocated the Huns back to their homeland in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province during the Three Kingdoms Period (AD 220-280). By AD 317, all of China north of the Yangtze River/Huai River had been overrun by nomadic peoples: the Xianbei from the north; some remnants of the Xiongnu (Huns) from the northwest; and the Qiang people of Gansu and Tibet from the west and the southwest. This situation was last resolved by the Tobas who united northern China into the Wei Dynasty (AD 386-534).
That was a time of the 'melting pot' in northern China. But the separation along ethnic lines did exist. Before Toba, the Chinese had limited participation in the wars among the tribal states, and they were used as 'field armies' in later campaigns by the nomads. Except for a few strongholds along the Silk Road, the Chinese city-states like Beijing and others in Shanxi-Hebei-Shandong Provinces would fall into the hands of either Xianbei or Toba in a dozen years. The Xianbei and Toba nomads were once allies of those city-states in fighting the Huns, Jiehu and the Di-Qiang nomads who ravaged the Central China of Henan Province as well as the western Province of Shaanxi. Chinese in Henan, Shanxi and Shaanxi Province had fled to the south in hordes, and they would be ancestors of today's Hakka in Sichuan-Guangdong-Fujian provinces.
Chinese, from the south, had staged quite a few northern campaigns. Zu Di, organizing refugees and civilians with minimal Eastern Jinn Court support, would cross the Yangtze to mount a campaign against nomads in the northern China. General Heng Wen would continue the campaigns to the north and he met Wang Meng who later served Anterior Qin ruler (Fu Jian). General Liu Yu re-captured Chang'an during his northern campaigns and destroyed the Posterior Qin Dynasty of Qiangic nomads(AD 384-417) and Posterior Yan Dynasty of Xianbei nomads (AD 384-409). When Liu entered Chang'an, the local elderly people said to him that they had not seen Han clothes for one hundred years. Liu Yu would leave his teenage son in charge of Chang'an and ultimately lose Chang'an to the nomads again. Once the whole northern China was overrun, the remaining Chinese would have few alternatives living under alien rules. They would be prohibited from bearing arms in those nomadic states. With time going on, some Chinese intellectuals acted as counsels (or prime ministers as you might call them) for the rulers of those nomadic states. When the Toba State (Northern Wei Dynasty) decided to restrict some of the hereditary rights of its army ranks, the so-called Toba conservatives staged a rebellion, ending in the slaughter of civilian officials who were mostly ethnic Chinese. The Toba turmoil led to the disintegration of Toba Wei Dynasty into two separate states of Eastern Wei and Western Wei, to be usurped later by their Xianbei generals, respectively. The famous tribal names, like Murong (Mujong) and Yuwen, were the legacy of those Xianbei nomads who belonged to the group of Donghu or the Eastern Hu nomads.
Unlike the later Jurchens and Mongolians in 12th and 13th centuries, the early nomads of 4th, 5th and 6th centuries could be said to be "marginal" quasi-Chinese. While the later Jurchens and Mongolians lacked access to minerals and weaponry and could not even count their age before entering northern China, the Huns and the Eastern Hu nomads (like Xianbei who claimed heritage from a son of the Yellow Emperor) were very much living alongside the Chinese from the 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD. They had good access to weaponry as well as innovative ways of warfare. According to Chen Shou, the author of San Guo Zhi, several groups of Koreans in Korea, who named their states with a suffix word of 'Han(1)', had apparently worn clothing in the style of pre-Qin empire during the timeframe of 3rd century AD. The statelet of Qinhan in Korea was responsible for producing iron for both Wa Japan and other Koreans. At the end of Eastern Zhou (770-256 BC) and Qin Empire (221-206 BC), many Chinese fled to the north and the east, together with their weaponry. One good example would be Wei Man of Yan Principality who invaded Korea during the turmoil years of the demise of Qin Empire and overthrew the Korean kingdom of King Ji Zhun who had continued for 41 generations from last Shang prince Ji-zi in 11th century BC. While the Huns had a zigzag warfare with the Han Dynasty, the Eastern Hu nomads (who were driven away by the Huns and later relocated to Liaoning Province by Han Emperor Wudi for sake of segregation from the Huns) had acted as the mercenaries for the Chinese emperors. The areas around today's Liaoning Province were once the hereditary land of a Chinese governor-general (Gongsun Du) for three generations. General Ts'ao Ts'ao had later campaigned against Gongsun Yuan and conquered the Xianbei tribes in that area as well as the Korean peninsular, and he even sent an emmissary to the Wa State in Japan in AD 247. The Xianbei nomads, famous for wearing a kind of primitive stirups, had participated in the columns against the Shu State in Sichuan Province on behalf of the Wei State.
With the unification of China by Sui Emperor Yang Jian in AD 581, the traces of the five nomadic groups had largely melted away. Both Emperor Yang Jian and later Tang Emperor Li Yuan were said to be semi-Toba. The only remaining trace of Toba, a sub-branch of Xianbei, would be the group who had mixed up with Di and Qiang nomads in today's Gansu-Qinghai-Ningxia area. They established a state called 'Tuyuehun' and they had been in constant fights with the Tibetans for control of the area called 'Frontal Tibet', namely, today's Qinhai-Gansu Province during the Tang Dynasty. The Tang Dynasty was full of inter-racial exchanges, with Koreans and many other nomads as the generals fighting the Turkic Khanates and the Arabs. One Japanese was given a post as a civil service official in the court. Numerous campaigns had brought the relocation of hundreds of thousands of Turkic tribesmen to the whole northern frontier as well as the capital city of Chang'an. Tang army general Su Dingfang was famous for fighting on both the front in Oxus valley and on Korean peninsular. Tang army heavily employed nomads, which eventually turned into An-Shi Rebellion. Famous Tang general Li Guangbi's father was said to be a Khitan. With the weakening of Tang, the alliance of Tibetans and Uygurs had encroached upon the Tang territories, and even invaded Tang capital several times. Near the end of Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), Toba Sigong, a Dangxiang (Tangut) descendant carrying the Toba name of Toba, would come to the aid of Tang Emperor during the Huang Chao Rebellion, and hence was conferred the title of Duke Xia and the Tang family name of 'Li'. His descendant, Li Yuanhao, would proclaim himself emperor of Xixia Dynasty (AD 1032-1227), namely, Western Xia, with an army of 500 thousand.
The demise of Tang Dynasty brought about the so-called Five Dynasties (AD 907-960) in northern China and 10 Kingdoms (AD 902-979), with nine kingdoms in southern China and Northern Han (AD 951-979) in Shanxi. As recorded in history, the three dynasties in between Posterior Liang and Posterior Zhou were of alien nature, founded by generals who belonged to a group of nomads called Satuo (Sha'to, a Turkic tribe). While Posterior Liang (AD 907-923) was set up by Zhu Wen (who first betrayed rebel leader Huang Chao and then usurped Tang Dynasty), the leader of later Posterior Tang (AD 923-936) and Posterior Jinn (AD 936-946) all came from nomadic Satuo (Sha'to). Posterior Tang leader had once gone into exile in another nomadic group of people called Dadan (to be mixed up with Tartar later) till he was recalled by Tang emperor for quelling the Huang Chao rebellion. When Zhu Wen usurped Tang, General Li Keyong and his son Li Chunxu set up the so-called Posterior Tang. To combat Posterior Liang, Li Keyong, a Shato with Tang royal family name, would strike an agreement with the Khitans (a branch of earlier Xianbei nomads) against Posterior Liang. But the Khitans, under Yelu Ahbaoji (Yeh-lu A-pao-chi) and his Uygur wife, would collude with Posterior Liang. The Khitans obtained a Chinese minister called Han Yanwei and quickly conquered in AD 926 tribes like Dangxiang (Tanguts) in the west and the Tungusic P'o-hai or Parhae in Manchuria. Khitan became a much larger northern power. Posterior Jinn (AD 936-946) was led by a Posterior Tang general called Shi Jingtang, also a Satuo (Sha'to, ) nomad. Shi, in order to fight Posterior Tang, would secede 16 zhou (a unit larger than prefecture but smaller than province) to the Khitans, including today's Beijing city which was never recovered from the nomads till Ming Dynasty (AD 1368-1644) overthrew the Mongol Yuan Dynasty. With the help of Khitans, Posterior Jinn took over Luoyang and destroyed Posterior Tang. However, rifts between Khiatan Liao and Posterior Jinn ensued, and Khitans destroyed Posterior Jinn. At this time, Southern Tang (AD 937-975) in Nanking, south of the Yangtze River, had contacted Khitans expressing a desire to go to the ex-Tang capital of Chang'an to maintain the imperial tombs. A Posterior Jinn general of Satuo (Sha'to, a Turkic tribe) tribe origin, Liu Zhiyuan, would rally an army and pressured Khitans into retreat, and hence founded the Posterior Han Dynasty (AD 947-950). Guo Wei, a general of Posterior Han Dynasty responsible for the founding of Posterior Han, rebelled after his family were slaughtered in the capital; Guo later staged a change of dynasty by having his soldiers propose that he be the emperor of Posterior Zhou (AD 951-960), while the uncle of Posterior Han emperor declared Northern Han (AD 951-979) in today's Taiyuan, Shanxi and allied with Khitans led by the nephew of Khita founder Yelu Ahbaoji. Guo Wei's Posterior Zhou will pass on to his foster son, Cai Rong, to be eventually replaced by his general called Zhao Kuangying who founded the Northern Song Dynasty (AD 960-1127).
Northern China was inevitably mingled with nomads from Manchuria and Mongolia. The city of Beijing would remain in the hands of the Khitans (AD 907-1125), and then passed into the Jurchens (AD 1115-1234) after a short interim under Song administartion, Mongol Yuan (AD 1279-1368) till Ming Dynasty overthrew the Mongolian yoke in AD 1368. For hundreds of years, the Song Dynasty, built on top of Northern Zhou (AD 951-960) of the Cai(1) family, would be engaged in the games of 'three kingdom' kind of warfares. Northern Song (AD 960-1127) would face off with the Western Xia (AD 1032-1227) and Khitan Liao in a triangle, and then played the card of allying with the Jurchens in destroying the Khitan Liao. With Northern Song defeated by the Jurchens thereafter, Southern Song (AD 1127-1279) would be engaged in another triangle game, with the other players being Western Xia and the Jurchen Jin. Southern Song would then play the card of allying with the Mongols in destroying Jurchen Jin, and it even sent tens of thousands of carts of grain to the Mongol army in the besieging of the last Jurchen stronghold. Soon after that, the Southern Song generals broke the agreement with the Mongols and they shortly took over the so-called three old capitals of Kaifeng, Luoyang and Chang'an. But they could not hold on to any of the three because what they had occupied had been empty cities after years of warfare between the Jurchens and Mongols. Similar to the times of the Western Jinn (AD 265-316) and Eastern Jinn (AD 317-420), the northern Chinese would have fled to the south during these conflicts. While Eastern Jinn re-established their capital in Nanking, the Southern Song, driven away from Nanking by the Jurchens, chose today's Hangzhou as the new capital. Hangzhou, however, had been the capital of Warring Kingdoms in Zhou times.
In the perspective of ethnicity, I would boldly assert that after the impacts of nomadic invasions for one thousand years, you probably could not designate the dwellers in northern China as the original Chinese as we see it at the times of Han Dynasty or earlier. Certainly, you cannot say the original Chinese are all gone. The Confucius family in Shandong Province still preserve the best family lineage book ever in China and they could testify to the tenacity of survival of their family, even with some kind of slaughter by the rulers in between. When I visited Qufu in 1984, I saw a tree bearing the sign saying 'Xian Si Shou Zai', namely, the tree being planted by Confucius himself. Apparently, it said the tree had survived for 2000 years [?]. Today's Chinese have no memory of the miseries their ancestors had suffered under Mongol ruling for 89 years (from AD 1279 to 1368) as well as under Manchu ruling (from 1644-1662 to 1911). They also easily forgot about the slaughters of Yangzhou, Jiading, and Jiangyin city in today's Jiangsu Province in the hands of the Manchus, and they might never know why Pu Songlin had written in early Manchurian years the stories of ghosts, spirits and foxes who happened to embody the hundreds of thousands of martyrs who had fallen in waves of resistance against the Manchus on the Shandong Peninsular. (China's population drop from 51.66 million in 1620 to 10.63 million in 1651, a tragic loss from the Manchu invasion, had only exhibited that China was not a country that could be easily conquered and that China's brave men were always willing to fall martyrdom in the resistance to foreign invasion.) What today's Chinese identify with would probably be the glory of China's territories in Mongolian and Manchu eras. What is on the theater in Beijing, HK and Taiwan is nothing more than various TV dramas and films depicting the 13 generations of pig-tailed Manchurian royal house. Some wise guy had blamed martial arts writer Jin Yong as a skeleton-in-the-cupboard Manchu descendant whose writings had eulogized Manchu rule always. (Manchu had enforced the 'queue order' to massacre both the Han Chinese bodies and their souls, in the physical as well as spiritual sense.)
In today's China, the ethnicity for most groups are blurring, but not for the Tibetans and the Uygurs. Due to the special geographical locations (in case of the Tibetans) as well as physiological differences (in case of Uygurs), the ethnicity would remain an issue for the government. Many people in the west had constantly raised the issue of the Uygurs and Tibetans as far as Han oppression is concerned. The plight of the minorities in China cannot certainly be disconnected with the human rights situation as a whole in China.
Written by Ah Xiang
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