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The Celts in China

"Mummies, possibly of 'Celtic' origin and some 3,000 years old, have been unearthed in the Tarim Basin of western China for nearly 100 years. 'Cherchen Man' is just one of these but one of the most interesting. Cherchen Man is tall, red haired and wears a red tunic and tartan leggings. His mummified body, along with others, are now kept in Urumqi City Museum in Xinjiang province. Perhaps even more interesting are the burial sites where Cherchen Man and his people are found – these bear signs of a Celtic influence and include standing stones similar to British dolmens as well as icons reminiscent of sheela-na-gigs."

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Littlestone Posted by Littlestone
24th August 2009ce

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the Ainu are a similarly out-of-place Caucasian people in Japan, though not AFAIK redheads wideford Posted by wideford
24th August 2009ce
Yup, not redheads but renowned for their hairiness!

The sea journey from eastern Russia to the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido is a very short one (only about 150 miles) and I'd imagine that's how the Ainu got to the Japanese archipelago originally, and then migrated southwards. They were practically wiped out at one point (by the Japanese) and those who remained were pushed back ever northwards to rejoin larger populations of Ainu in Hokkaido (where the majority of them live today). They've managed to hang on to their own language, and some Ainu words and place names are actually found in modern Japanese. It's a tale not dissimilar to the displacement of the 'Celtic' peoples of Britain
Littlestone Posted by Littlestone
25th August 2009ce
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