A Uyghur Fairy Tale: the Clever Young Man

A Uyghur Fairy Tale: the Clever Young Man

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The Uyghur people originated in Mongolia, and over the ages moved slowly westwards until they settled in the Taklamakan Desert region of China's far north west.  Centred in and around the city of Kashgar, smaller communities can also be found today in Turkmanestan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia.  Today most Uyghurs are Muslims and practice Sufism.  They have developed a strong tradition of story telling, and their fables reflect their rich and varied cultural history.  Here we present a Uyghur folktale, called The Clever Young Man, which is brimming with heroes, evil villains, ogres and princesses, for your reading pleasure. Our thanks to Alip of the Kashgar Caravan Travel Agency for this translation.

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