A Kyrgyz in traditional dress on Horseback.
Une Kirguis à Cheval.
THE Kyrgyz call themselves Sara-Kaisaki, or Kosacs of the desert. If we may trust their traditions, they originally came, in small numbers, from the Crimea, and were soon after much increased by numerous emigrations from different hordes. If this account were true, we should consider them as descended from the Nogais Tartars: but Abulgasi, who calls them Kyrgyz, traces them from the banks of the Ikran, in the neighbourhood of the great wall of China. As this people were not known till after the conquest of Siberia by the Russians, we can have no certain account of their ancient history. Continue reading