Friday, December 12, 2008
Wow, Oirat Mongols are gorgeous! What amazing faces! They live in the same area as Uyghurs: The North West of China.
Directly from The NationMasters Encyclopedia:
Oirats (also spelled Oyrats or Oyirads; Mongolian: Ойрадын Ojradyn) refers to both a Western Mongol people of Europe and Asia and, historically, to a Turkic people now known as the Altays.
Although the Oirats originated in Dzungaria in north-central Asia, the most prominent group of Oirats today are the nearly 200,000 Kalmyks of Eastern Europe. Other Oirats remain in present-day Mongolia (ca. 200,000) and China (ca. 140,000 in Xinjiang, Qinghai, and Inner Mongolia). Oirats are traditionally Tibetan Buddhist and many still follow a nomadic lifestyle. Oirats speak Western Mongolic languages including Oirat, Kalmyk, Dorbot, Torgut, and Darkhat as well as the official languages of the regions they inhabit.