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 is a further classification of these groups from the majority ethnic group that enjoys a huge following while there are also the minority groups. There have been discoveries of new ethnic groups that were unknown and it is estimated that there are more out there.
Today, the Uyghur ethnic group is considered to be among the minority ethnic groups that exist. They currently occupy the East and Central Asia, but they are known to come from Turkey. They reside in the People’s Republic of China primarily in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. They are classified as among the 55 minority groups in China.
Even though the majority of the Uyghur people are in China, they can also be found in other countries. Kazakhstan is the second country that has a huge number of Uyghur populations standing at over 200,000 by 2010. Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are next with over 100,000 combined. Though their origin is Turkey, their number here is 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.
The Uyghurs were officially labeled to be the most ancient ethnic group by the 19th Century encyclopedia. Their history 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 have managed to keep their practice alive and they somehow resemble their ancestors’.
They are known for farming, baking, and black smith. However, there are those who are known for their pastoralist activities.
Their primary languages are the Chinese language and Uyghur. They are strict followers of Sunni Islam Sect. The Uyghur people also have ties with the Turkic people, the Karluks, and the Tocharians people.
The Uyghur are said to have spread once their kingdoms failed. They formed the Ganzhou kingdom that was in China. 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.