Introduction to Uyghur literature. The Uyghur have a long and rich literary history befitting a people that once ruled a great empire in Central Asia. As soldiers and diplomats and as educators they have always been known as an educated people. The Uyghur have been printing their own books for many hundreds of years prior to the invention of the Guttenberg press. The earliest Uyghur literature revolved around the translation of religious texts both Buddhist and Manichean but also included narrative, epic and poetic works. After converting to Islam the Uyghurs continued being cultural giants of Central Asia and Uyghur literature entered a golden era with its cultural centre being based in Kashgar.
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Most of the early Uyghur literary works were translations of Buddhist and Manichean religious texts, but there were also narrative, poetic, and epic works. Some of these have been translated into German, English, Russian, and Turkish. After the general population's conversion to Islam, world-renowned Uyghur scholars emerged and Uyghur literature flourished. Some Uyghur books have been translated into various Western languages.
Ferdinand de Saussure: "Those who preserved the language and written culture of Central Asia were the Uyghurs. There are 77 rock-cut caves at the Bezeklik caves in Flaming Mountains. Most have rectangular spaces with rounded arch ceilings often divided into four sections, each with a mural of Buddha.
The effect is of entire ceiling covers with hundreds of Buddha murals. Some ceilings are painted with a large Buddha surrounded by other figures, including Indians, Persians and Europeans. The quality of the murals varies with some being artistically naive while others are masterpieces of religious art. The Uyghurs' literature and art in China.
Source:Global Times Published: Literature Most of the early Uyghur literary works were translations of Buddhist and Manichean religious texts, but there were also narrative, poetic, and epic works. Posted in: Adventures.
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