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Assyrians in China !!

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Assyrians in China !!

Jun-03-2001 at 11:49 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Few questions in regards to the possibility of Assyrians living in China presently, were brought up, and I have to say that I do not have any solid information in that regard, but there is a passage in the book "By Foot to China" which relates to the topic. As it seems from this passage that the emperor gave the Nestorian Assyrians money and most importantly Land, so it is very possible that they did settle in China.

Here is the passage:

Saeki has given a translation of an interesting inscription that shows the influence of the Uigurs (means the Europeans and the western lands in general) and their religion in China just before the Khan conquest. The inscription is on a stone monument erected on the side of the avenue leading to the tomb of the honorable Ma, the governor of Heng-Chou. It states that when the Chin emperor had conquered Liaotung (north of Peking) he had the Uigurs of western Kansu moved there. During the reign of the Emperor T'ai-tsung (1113-1134), he heard of the image (portrait) worshiped by the Uigurs, and requested to see it. The inscription states that it was taken out of "the House where the Uigurs meet and sing their hymns" to be shown to the emperor. He was so impressed that he emancipated all their slaves and gave them presents of money and land. Less than a century later one of their leaders, Ma Hsi-chi-ssu (in Syriac Mar Sargis) became the famous General Ma Ch'ing-hsiang and governor of Heng-Chou. In the genealogical table of the Ma family, an excerpt of which Saeki translates, appears the following statement:
"The ancestors of the Ma family were the decendents of the Niessuto'o-li (i.e. Nestorian) noble family of the western lands."
This seems to be one of the few times the "Nestorians" are referred to in the Chinese records by a transliteration of that name rather than by the name Ta Ch'in, a reference to their land of origin.

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