According to the recent statistics, it is estimated that there are over one hundred thousand different ethnic groups around the world. These groups are classified in accordance with their cultural heritage, history, homeland, and beliefs.
There are the majority ethnic groups that enjoy a huge number and popularity and there are the minority ethnic groups. According to the data released by the UN, there are still other minority ethnic groups that are unknown and undocumented.
Do?u Türkistan are among the minority ethnic groups of this time. Their origin can be traced back to Turkey even though they currently live in Central and East Asia. They can be found in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in mainland China. They are considered to be one of the 55 nationally recognized minority ethnic group.
The majority of these people can be found in China even though they can also be traced in other parts that are near Turkey. By 2010, it was estimated that Kazakhstan had over 200,000 Uyghur people. Other numbers can be found in the Uzbekistan at 55,000 and Kyrgyzstan with over 49,000. Even though these people come from Turkey, their number in this country stands at only 45,000.
The other numbers that are found around the world is small. This group has been known by the name Turks due to their language. Know more about Uyghur at http://www.dictionary.com/browse/uighur.
According to the late 19th Century encyclopedia, the Uyghurs were considered to be the most ancient of the Turkish tribes. Their history dates back to the 2nd Century. Their Uyghur name was lost in the 15th Century, but was later reintroduced. The name today refers to a collective of all people who come from this ethnic group.
Turkistan might be among the minority ethnic groups, but they enjoy a huge and long history. They have managed to keep their practice alive and they somehow resemble their ancestors'.
They mainly carry out farming and baking as their primary practices in the region they occupy. Other than that, there are some who carry out pastoralism as their main source of income.
Their primary languages are the Chinese language and Uyghur. They are also Muslims who practice Sunni Islam. They are closely related to the Karluks, Tocharians, and the Turkic people.
After the fall of the Uyghur Kingdoms, the people of Uyghur dispersed around the world. They Moved to China and formed the Ganzhou kingdom. People believe that the current Uyghur people are descendants of this kingdom.
The people of Uyghur have had an opportunity that other groups have failed of practicing their belief without external influences from other people.