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22 08, 2017

What did Manichaeans believe? – Christianity

By |2018-03-19T11:55:23-07:00August 22nd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Manichaean painting (Turfan, western China, ca. 900s AD) The prophet Mani in the Sassanian Empire In the 300s and 400s AD many Christians turned to believing in Manichaeism, a form of Christianity. A man named Mani started this movement in the late 200s AD. Mani lived in the Sassanian Empire, where lots of people were Zoroastrians. So Zoroastrianism [...]

20 07, 2017

Mongols invade India – history of India

By |2018-04-18T23:56:00-07:00July 20th, 2017|History, India|0 Comments

Mongke Khan Starting in the 400s AD, Turkic and Mongol people had been expanding out of the northern part of Central Asia. They spread all over Europe and Asia. The Huns came first, then the Avars, the Ghaznavids, and the Seljuks. About 1000 AD, the Turkish Ghaznavids invaded northern India from what is now Afghanistan. India was so rich that the Ghaznavids [...]

6 06, 2017

End of T’ang Dynasty China – Uighurs and Buddhists

By |2018-04-18T09:53:37-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|0 Comments

Emperor Wuzong Hsuan Tsung's son, the T'ang Emperor Suzong, asked a neighboring power, the Uighur Empire, to help him crush An Lu-shan's rebellion, and by 757 AD, thanks to the Uighur army, Suzong was able to get An Lu-shan assassinated. Still there was more civil war until 763 AD. These wars wrecked China [...]

6 06, 2017

Empress Wu – T’ang Dynasty China – History

By |2019-05-28T05:49:24-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|0 Comments

Empress Wu of the T'ang Dynasty Who was Wu Chao? Wu Chao was one of T'ai Tsung's girlfriends. After he died, she became his son's girlfriend too! The son's name was Gaozong. Who was T'ai Tsung? T'ang Dynasty architecture All our China articles Wu Chao becomes Empress Wu Once she got Gaozong to [...]

6 06, 2017

Ming Dynasty China – Chinese History

By |2018-04-18T17:10:34-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|0 Comments

Hung-Wu Emperor (National Palace Museum, Taipei) After the Hungwu Emperor threw the Mongols out in 1368 AD, he established the Ming Dynasty. But the Hungwu Emperor's power was still pretty weak after the Mongol invasion. He only ruled China from the Great Wall to the east of Tibet - smaller borders than modern [...]

4 06, 2017

Empress Cixi – Qing Dynasty China (the 1800s)

By |2019-05-28T04:37:00-07:00June 4th, 2017|China, History|0 Comments

Empress Cixi (the Empress Dowager) Cixi takes power as regent When the Xianfeng Emperor of the Qing Dynasty in China died in 1861 AD, his only son was only five years old. People called him the Tongzhi Emperor, but Tongzhi's mother, the Empress Cixi, who was 27 years old, was really the ruler. [...]

31 05, 2017

Epic of Manas – Central Asian stories

By |2017-05-31T22:33:53-07:00May 31st, 2017|History|0 Comments

Uighur princesses (Bezelik Cave) Possibly some time in the Middle Ages, Kyrgyz people began telling the story of Manas, his son Semetei, and his grandson Seitek. In the first part of the Epic of Manas, Manas grows up and becomes Khan. He gets married to the Uighur princess Kanikei, and leads his people [...]

31 05, 2017

Uighurs – Medieval Central Asia

By |2019-01-12T17:44:20-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

Uighur princesses (Bezelik Cave) Who were the Uighurs? When the Turkic Gokturk Empire in Central Asia collapsed in 742 AD, the Uighurs got their independence. Who were the Gokturks? More Central Asia articles The Uighur Empire Their king, or Khan, Qutlugh Bilge Kol, set up his own smaller empire in what is now [...]

31 05, 2017

Sogdians in China – History of Central Asia

By |2019-04-07T07:42:10-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

Sogdian traders in China about 550 AD (Musee Guimet) Sogdians and the Silk Road Even after the fall of the Han Dynasty, the Sogdians still controlled Silk Road trade between West Asia and China. Earlier Sogdians The Han Dynasty More about the Silk Road All our Central Asia articles The Sogdians and India By [...]

31 05, 2017

Genghis Khan and the Mongols – Central Asia

By |2019-07-03T08:36:21-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History, Where|0 Comments

Genghis Khan Mongol and Turkic people take power By 1200 AD, the Mongol and Turkic people of Central Asia had pretty much finished pushing the Indo-Europeans out of power in Central Asia and West Asia, and had taken over ruling the whole area. Who were the Indo-Europeans? Central Asian history All our Central [...]