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Original inhabitants of China?

Postby keine » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:13 am

I recognise that the Ainu were people who lived in Japan before the 'Modern Japanese' came in.

Applying the same idea to China, were the Han Chinese the 'native' inhabitants of China, and if not who were the original inhabitants and where did Han Chinese originate?
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Re: Original inhabitants of China?

Postby sykierj » Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:15 am

hi keine, i hope it's a good subject for conversation. And i don't know how many aware about it. But i want to share something. Well preserved mummies have been unearthed in the desert regions of Chinese Turkestan, Western China, around the towns of Cherchen and Loulan in the Taklamakan Desrt and colloquially named the Taklamakan Mummies. The The Loulan mummies, from Qwrighul near the town of Loulan, include the Beauty of Loulan and a few other mummies including an eight-year-old child wrapped in a piece of patterned wool cloth closed with bone pegs.

The wool clothing from Loulan seems to be much less colorful (in much more neutral, earth-tone colors - though fading could have occurred), but it is no less impressive in its patterns and weaves. The Cherchen mummies are known for their degree of preservation (far better than most Egyptian mummies), their colourful clothing, and their Caucasian features. Many of the corpses are almost perfectly preserved, with reddish-blond hair, long noses, round eyes and finely woven tartan clothing (usually associated with the Celts in Scotland), showing undeniably European racial traits.

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The Tarim mummies are a series of mummies discovered in the Tarim Basin in present-day Xinjiang, China, which date from 1800 BC to AD 200. The most remarkable features of these mummies, given the general location of these graves, are the Caucasoid physical type feature the corpses exhibit. The mummies, particularly the early ones, are associated with the presence of the Indo-European Tocharian languages in the Tarim Basin. The cemetery at Yanbulaq contained 29 mummies which date from 1800-500 BC, 21 of which are Caucasoid--the earliest Caucasoid mummies found in the Tarim basin--and 8 of which are of the same Caucasoid physical type found at Qwrighul.

The most famous mummies are the tall, red-haired "Chrchn man" or the "Ur-David" (1000 BC); his son (1000 BC), a small 1-year-old baby with blond hair protruding from under a red and blue felt cap, and blue stones in place of the eyes; the "Hami Mummy" (c. 1400-800 BC), a "red-headed beauty" found in Qizilchoqa; and the "Witches of Subeshi" (4th or 3rd century BC), who wore tall pointed hats.
Many of the mummies have been found in very good condition, owing to the dryness of the desert, and the desiccation of the corpses it induced. The mummies share many typical Caucasoid body features (elongated bodies, angular faces, recessed eyes), and many of them have their hair physically intact, ranging in color from blond to red to deep brown, and generally long, curly and braided. It is not known whether their hair has been bleached by internment in salt. Their costumes, and especially textiles, may indicate a common origin with Indo-European Neolithic clothing techniques or a common low-level textile technology
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