Redheaded Tocharian Mummies of the Uyghir Area, China
James Churchward had made a great deal out of an “Inner Asian Empire ruled by White People” and made it one of the most important forces in prehistory. As usual, he got a few things mixed up. But there was a time that a caucasiatic people controlled the very heart of Asia, and right up against the Mongols of
the Gobi desert as well.
One of the most famous Tocharian mummies found is the “Beauty of Loulan” – Her face depicted on the right was reconstructed by an artist.
A Tocharian female mummy with long
flaxen blonde hair, perfectly perserved
in braided hair. Items of weaved
material, identical to Celtic Cloth.
hair; his clear European
features still visible after lying
nearly 3,500 years in his desert grave in China
Tocharian male mummy. To his right is a swastika decoration found on his helmet
recovered from the Tocharian grave sites.
The swastika was part of the original Indo-European language, meaning “well being” or “Good luck”
Recent excavations in the Tarim Basin in Xinjiang province have uncovered more than 100 naturally mummified corpses of people who lived there between 4,000 and 2,400 years ago, indicating that the European race of red and blonde hair with blue eyes lived in this area at one time. The bodies were amazingly well preserved by the arid climate, and according to the New York Times “…archaeologists could hardly believe what they saw.”
The mummies had long noses and skulls, blond or red hair, thin lips, deepset eyes, and other unmistakably Europeanan features. Dr. Victor H. Mair of the University of Pennsylvania said, “Because the Tarim Basin Caucasoid corpses are almost certainly representatives of the Indo-European family, and because they date from a time period early enough to have a bearing on the expansion of the Indo-European people from their homeland, it is thought that they will play a crucial role in determining just where that might have been.”
One such mummy is of a teenage girl with blond hair and blue eyes. Her remains was found in a cave and has become quite a tourist attraction in Beijing. She has been given the name, “The Lady of Tarim” and is on display at the museum. It is believed that she was someone of importance who lived over 3,000 years ago. She was found buried in fine embroidered garments of wool and leather, along with beautiful jewelry, jars and ornaments of gold, silver, jade and onyx. Her remains are in such a remarkable state of preservation that she looks as if she was sleeping.
It’s McMummy! Chinese unearth 4000-year-old mummy with ginger hair and a kilt
Feb 22 2011
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4000-year-old China body has red hair and kilt
A 4000-YEAR-OLD Chinese mummy has been claimed as a Scot – because of its red hair and kilt-like dress.
The origins of the mummy, known as the Beauty of Xiaohe, have been the subject of much debate since she was found in Xinjiang region in western China.
Other mummified remains found in the region have been linked to warriors of the Caledonii tribe.
The Beauty is on show in Philadelphia in the US as part of the Chinese Secrets Of The Silk Road exhibition.
One source who viewed the mummy, believed to be among the earliest inhabitants of the Xinjiang region, said: “The hair has an orange tint and she looks Celtic or Scottish. The clothes had plaid patterns, like Scottish kilts.”
The mummies linked to the Caledonii have red-brown hair and a ginger beard and wore tartan leggings.
The bodies are better preserved than Egyptian mummies and similarities to traditional Bronze Age Celts are said to be uncanny.
They did a DNA test on the Cherchen man (the 3800 year old 6’6 tall dark blonde mummy and the oldest mummy found), and the beauty of Loulan (the red hair mummy), and both of these mummies contained East Asian Mongoloid DNA. Even the Chinese scientist were astonished. The Mongoloid component of the Tocharians are not from Han Chinese or pre Han Chinese, but most likely from Altaic types of Mongoloids such as Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and Mongolians.
This obviously indicates that the Tocharians were already mixed for quite a few generations, since they looked mostly Caucasian. Very interesting. History books need to rewritten again, as intermingling between East and West occured at an even earlier date than conceived.
BTW, The Tocharians were not Iranic, its been proven over and over again. There language was so far from any Iranic language, that it needs its own seperate category: Tocharian.
New 2007 NG documentary on the mummies. It was released Nov 2007, and it aired on the National Geographic channel. It was very interesting It was again with Victor Mair, (the man whom brought the mummies into the Western World). The Chinese governement finally allowed more DNA test to go foward on just 12 mummies.
The conclusion on DNA test on all 12 samples of the Caucasoid mummies contained DNA from: Europe, Mesopotamia, Central Asia, Mongolia, India, and Siberia. So to make a long story short, the ending of the documentary concluded that Xinjiang was a crossroads town where people from all over came, traded, and mixed with each other. The documentary was incomplete but It was still good and informative. The documentary also stated that the test were not done and more information will be released once completed. They should have just finish the test before making this documentary as it was very vague but it was still informative.
Cherchen Man (dark blonde man that stood 6’6)
Beauty Of Loulan (red haired mummy)
Pliny the Elder (, Chap XXIV “Taprobane”) reports a curious description of the Seres (in the territories of northwestern China) made by an embassy from Taprobane (Ceylon) to Emperor Claudius, saying that they “exceeded the ordinary human height, had flaxen hair, and blue eyes, and made an uncouth sort of noise by way of talking”, suggesting they may be referring to the ancient Caucasian populations of the Tarim Basin:
“They also informed us that the side of their island (Taprobane) which lies opposite to India is ten thousand stadia in length, and runs in a south-easterly direction-[This incidentally descibes Sumatra better than Ceylon-DD]-that beyond the Emodian Mountains (Himalayas) they look towards the Serve (Seres), whose acquaintance they had also made in the pursuits of commerce; that the father of Rachias (the ambassador) had frequently visited their country, and that the Seræ always came to meet them on their arrival. These people, they said, exceeded the ordinary human height, had flaxen hair, and blue eyes, and made an uncouth sort of noise by way of talking, having no language of their own for the purpose of communicating their thoughts. The rest of their information (on the Serae) was of a similar nature to that communicated by our merchants. It was to the effect that the merchandise on sale was left by them upon the opposite bank of a river on their coast, and it was then removed by the natives, if they thought proper to deal on terms of exchange. On no grounds ought luxury with greater reason to be detested by us, than if we only transport our thoughts to these scenes, and then reflect, what are its demands, to what distant spots it sends in order to satisfy them, and for how mean and how unworthy an end!”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarim_mummieshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarim_mummies
(Seres=Silk People, the dealers-in-silk)
The Tocharians [Tokharians] were a fully Indo-Europid people that lived in parts of modern-day “China”, primarily in the west of modern-day Xinjiang 新疆 [‘New Frontier’] of which only since a decade or two became more known of. That being said, primarily because of the Chinese government allowing a bit more than what was the case in the past, regardless of their attitude to the whole ‘mummy people’ as a whole.
The Tocharians remained fully Europid during their ‘stay’, far longer than expected or than anyone could’ve dreamt – even with rather fair features in complexion – for thousands of years. This shocked many of the multiculturalist archeologists and anthropologists, but they couldn’t deny it.
Aside that they were also responsible for founding and spreading the Indo-European religions Hinduism and Buddhism, of which in the latter case most Tocharians belonged to spiritually and theologically. Not only that, perhaps just a mere detail, but most amazingly perhaps is that they brought both the horse and the wheel to China; which both didn’t exist there prior to their arrival. Those horses, by the way, ironically used against many other peoples in the world – mostly Europids – as the Mongols grew united and started their expansion in approximately the year 1100 after Christ.
Takla Makan desert region, nowadays the Tarim Basin
Mair has claimed that:
The new finds are also forcing a reexamination of old Chinese books that describe historical or legendary figures of great height, with deep-set blue or green eyes, long noses, full beards, and red or blond hair. Scholars have traditionally scoffed at these accounts, but it now seems that they may be accurateTarim mummies – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Around 2300 BC, Aryan tribes (Indo-Iranians) poured off the Pontic Steppes, and migrated east & south. By ~1800 BC, they had reached China & India. In the figure below, these Indo-Iranians’ original homelands are colored dark red, while their migrations are marked in light red*:
This expansion coincides with a catastrophic climate change, around 2200 BC**, which laid low Egypt’s Old Kingdom***.
[Around here we refer to that as the Old Kingdom Catastrophe. In regards to this map it is important to note that THE TOCHARIANS BELONGED TO THE BLUE GROUP OF EUROPEANS (incl. Celtic) RATHER THAN TO THE RED ONES: They were Centum speakers and not Satem ones.]
*** BBC Ancient Apocalypse — Death on the Nile (DVD). See also: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1458327.stm
Meanwhile, the Indo-European Ancestors (Afanasevo culture) had already settled southern Siberia, north of the Himalayas & northwest of China, from 3500 to 2500 BC*. Like the Indo-Iranians, the proto-Tocharians then migrated south & east, to the Takla Makan desert, west of China. There, mummies, dating from 1800 to 1000 BC, show clear “Europoid” Aryan features**. These proto-Tocharians herded sheep, and used horses, donkeys, & carts. They likely introduced the Chinese to sophisticated wool weaving, the wheel, & bronze. By 1000 BC, they had established vast trading networks. By 300 BC, they were trading, with the Chinese, in silk, probably starting MUCH earlier.
** NOVA — Mysterious Mummies of China (VHS). The mummies wear red woolen plaids, remaniscent of Celtic tartans, have blond & red hair, & even typical European oval faces & overbites.
In sum, archaeological evidence shows “trade networks right across Asia” by 2000 BC, and “possibly earlier“, nearly 2000 years before Emperor Ch’in opened up the Silk Road to Roman merchants*. Indeed, the Ulu Burun shipwreck, in the Aegean, from the 14th Century BC, contains:
- Copper ingots, from the Middle East
- Pottery, from Cyprus & the Levant
- Elephant tusks & ebony logs, from Equatorial Africa
- Tin & colored glass, from Central Asia
- Gold, from Egypt
- Ornaments, from Mycenaean Greece
This shows that the “greater part of the Mediterranean in antiquity was connected by trade“, to the Middle East and Central Asia**.
** History Channel Digging for the Truth — Troy: of Gods & Warriors (DVD)
CONCLUSION: By linking all the lands, from China to Mesopotamia, with one single culture, the Indo-European tribes paved the (proto-) Silk Road, by 2000 BC*.
NOW THEN, I’ll tell you something which went unnoticed for a century until these mummies statrted turning up again.
Ignatius Donnelly had mentioned these Tocharians an by name in 1882, long before the press heard anything about the redheaded mummies in China. And until I btrought the matter up myself, nobody saw the connection because even Donnely was talking about a different time and place. Donnelly in Atlantis, the Antediluvian World says in chapter VIII, The Bronze Age in Europe,
For the merchants of the Bronze Age we must look beyond even the Tokhari, who were contemporaries of the Phœnicians.
The Tokhari, we have seen, are represented as taken prisoners, in a sea-fight with Ramses III., of the twentieth dynasty, about the thirteenth century B.C. They are probably the Tochari of Strabo. The accompanying figure represents one of these people as they appear upon the Egyptian monuments. (See Nott and Gliddon’s “Types of Mankind,” p. 108.) Here we have, not an inhabitant of Atlantis, but probably a representative of one of the mixed races that sprung from its colonies.
Dr. Morton thinks these people, as painted on the Egyptian monuments, to have “strong Celtic features. Those familiar with the Scotch Highlanders may recognize a speaking likeness.”
It is at least interesting to have a portrait of one of the daring race who more than three thousand years ago left the west of Europe in their ships to attack the mighty power of Egypt. [They are, in fact, one of the “Peoples of the Sea” fleeing Megalithic Europe during a Catastrophe!-DD]
They were troublesome to the nations of the East for many centuries; for in 700 B.C. we find them depicted on the Assyrian monuments. This figure represents one of the Tokhari of the time of Sennacherib. It will be observed that the headdress (apparently of feathers) is the same in both portraits, although separated by a period of six hundred years. [At this time they were mercenaries and guardsmen. Doubtless many had been hired on as guards along the perilous caravan routes to Central Asia, where we finally find them carving out a new land for themselves in the most unlikely place, but where they had a complete blocade on the only trade artery running to China!]
It is more reasonable to suppose that the authors of the
[paragraph continues] Bronze Age of Europe were the people described by Plato, who were workers in metal, who were highly civilized, who preceded in time all the nations which we call ancient. It was this people who passed through an age of copper before they reached the age of bronze, and whose colonies in America represented this older form of metallurgy as it existed for many generations. [ie, the Atlanteans were originally Chalcolithic rather than bronze-casters, a very sound conclusion-DD]
[‘TOKHARI’] CELTIC WARRIOR, FROM ASSYRIAN MONUMENTS.
What Donnelly has told us, without specifying exactly, was that the Bronze Age of Europe was run by a unified trade network of nations including the makers of the Nordic Bronze Age in Scandinavia and the Atlantic Bronze Age with headquarters in Tartessos.were descendants of the original Atlanteans, many held the myth of their origin on an island which they called Paradise, and they recognised a commonality of their nations as being Atlanteans. We know this from Classical authors. At the time of the Phaethon event, All these people stopped what they were doing, uprooted and fled to the Eastern Mediterranean as Pirates and mercenaries, comprising an astonishing variety of nations recognising their brotherhood but desperate beyond measure. And one of these Western-European nations of a race, language and physical type related to the Celts, escaped from the fall of the Megalithic culture and would up circa 1000 BC (the date is disputable) on the Borderland Wilderness of China. And they had something to do with the introduction of megalths and mound-burials in the region, something else mentioned by Donnelly at another time.
Although it may not look like it at first glance, Donnelly is defining Atlantean Europe as Megalithic Europe (with its Bronze Age Successor). In the case of the Tocharians, he knew the megalithic cullture was related from the descriptions but he did not say that a specific Western-European people were responsible for transplanting European culture there. Such seems to have been the case. Icidentally the Megalithic culture in Southern India was also starting about the same time as the Tocharians were.