Ethnic Minorities in China and Their Cultures – Tajik (Tajike) Minority of Western China

Posted: April 15, 2012 in History, International, Language, Politics, Region

The historic origins of the Tajik ethnic group can be traced to tribes speaking eastern Iranian Dialect who had settled in the eastern part of the Pamir Mountains more than twenty centuries ago.

During the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) a corridor from the Chinese Heartlands to the West was first opened by Han Emmissaries, eventually leading to the inclusion of Tashkurgan into the Han Empire. At the Time Taxkorgan was known as Puli.

Building on the success of the Great Wall first constructed by the Empire of Chi’In (Qin)the Han Dynasty sent emissaries to the North-Western Regions where Oasis Cities and Independant Kingdoms held valuable Treasures and Commodities. After much effort these missions and several military campaigns in competition with the Xiong-Nu Tribes of the North resulted in the establishment of the first trading route west to Parthia in the 2nd Century BC, The Birth of the Silk Road.

via Ethnic Minorities in China and Their Cultures – Tajik (Tajike) Minority of Western China.

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