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. There have been discoveries of new ethnic groups that were unknown and it is estimated that there are more out there.
When comparing the minority ethnic groups today, Uyghur is one of these ethnic groups. They currently occupy the East and Central Asia, but they are known to come from Turkey. 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.
Although the largest number live in China, they are also spread across other countries that neighbor Turkey. Kazakhstan is the second country that has a huge number of Uyghur populations standing at over 200,000 by 2010. 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.
They have small numbers spread across the world. Due to the language that they spoke, there was a time they were known as Turks.
According to the late 19th Century encyclopedia, the Uyghurs were considered to be the most ancient of the Turkish tribes. Their origin dates back to the 2nd century. There was a time when their Uyghur name was lost but was later rediscovered. The name is applied to identified a collective group rather than a single group.
This group is known to be among the minority ethnic group and also as the oldest group to exist. They follow their ancestor’s beliefs and have remained committed to this practice.
They mainly carry out farming and baking as their primary practices in the region they occupy. There is a small group that is known for practicing pastoralism in this region as well.
They speak both Uyghur and Chines language. They are strict followers of Sunni Islam Sect. They also have a close relationship with other ethnic groups such as the Tocharians, the Karluks, 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.