The Proto-Bulgarians were Western Gur-Turks as opposed to Ghuzz turks like Anatolian Turkmen. Kumis/Kumas was common among all these Northern Gur Turks (Bulghars, Sabirs, Khazars, Barsils...). It was also eaten by Ghuzz Turks who moved into Volga Don areas in the 10th and 11 centuries, the Pechenegs and later Cumans/Polovsi/Kipchaks who moved into the area in the 10th century. The article mentioned Mongols eating Yoghurt. They conquered and co-opted the Kipchaks. I wonder when they began eating yoghurt.
Was Youghurt, or at least Kumis comon to all steppe peoples?
Did Ghuzz Turks consume it before migrating from Trans-Oxiana?
There was a lot of interaction and trade between the Thracians and Scythians and the Scythes and Proto-turks. Conceivably yoghurt could have spread across the steppes any time from 800 BCE to 600 CE.
Do you know if the Turkmen ate
posted on 04/27/2003 11:45:30 PM PDT
("Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute.")
Thanks for telling the story of the western Turks. Sounds much better coming from a non-Turk.
Personally, I don't have a clue about the history of yoghurt, but I can tell you that the Turk made good use of everything horse. Even the word "horse" is used as the root of many other words such as jump, attack, agressive, throw, etc.
posted on 04/28/2003 4:23:09 AM PDT
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