Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at this episode, as I already told you in the "silk" episode, it was possible that I published later and that happened, because I had another busy shift. So here is our new episode, Kashgar (Northern route).
Kashgar has a history of over 2,000 years and served as a trading post and strategically important city on the Silk Road between China, the Middle East, and Europe. Located historically at the convergence point of widely varying cultures and empires, Kashgar has been under the rule of the Chinese, Turkic, Mongol, and Tibetan empires. The city has also been the site of a number of battles between various groups of people on the steppes.
The earliest mention of Kashgar occurs when a Chinese Han dynasty envoy traveled the Northern Silk Road to explore lands to the west.
Another early mention of Kashgar is during the Former Han (also known as the Western Han dynasty), when in 76 BCE the Chinese conquered the Xiongnu, Yutian (Khotan), Sulei (Kashgar), and a group of states in the Tarim basin almost up to the foot of the Tian Shan range.
Ptolemy speaks of Scythia beyond the Imaus, which is in a “Kasia Regio”, probably exhibiting the name from which Kashgar and Kashgaria (often applied to the district) are formed. The country’s people practised Zoroastrianism and Buddhism before the coming of Islam.
Buddhism came to Kashgar along the Silk Road, but nowadays it's mostly Islam in this region.
|Kashgar, Old City View|
North and South connected
Hm ... not as strong as I had hoped.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 15th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, a new weekend-meditation, later on. For now ... have fun!