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Grain Foods Of The Early Turks

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The Turks who invaded the Near East in the tenth century were herdsmen, not farmers, and they have often been pictured living entirely off their flocks, possibly supplementing a diet of yogurt and shishkebab with wild fruits and herbs. More than 2000 years ago Chinese chroniclers begin to mention the nomadic peoples living to the north and west of China whose predatory raids were only to be brought under control by the building of extensive frontier fortifications and the maintenance of grand armies. The present-day Turkish nations can be divided into three main groups: Southwestern (SW), Central (C) and Northeastern (NE). The dictionary compiled by Mahmud of Kashgar in the eleventh century lists a number of grain-based foods and drinks that have not survived.

Keywords: Chinese chroniclers; grain-based foods; Mahmud of Kashgar; present-day Turkish nations



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