names are not the only indications of daeuua-worship in Iran.
It seems that the Buddhist tale of "Fisher and Farmer" was one of the most popular tales amongst the Sogdians
in diasporic communities from Samarkand to Dunhuang kept in touch by writing personal letters.
It was commonly used for people of Persian, Sogdian
, and Turkish origin, Xianbi, Indians, Kushans and even, occasionally, for the Xiongnu (who, however, are usually clearly differentiated from the Hu).
A century later there were Sogdian
merchant communities in Dunhuang, one of the garrison towns established by the Chinese on the edge of the Gobi, and in the ancient capitals of China.
It was from these translations and also from the Sanskrit originals that the first translators of Buddhism, the Parthians (An Shigao, An Xuan), Yuezhi (Zhi Loujiazhan, Zhi Qian), and Sogdians
(Kang Mengxiang, Kang Ju, Kang Senghui), started to spread the impressive Buddhist canon through the Empire of the Middle Kingdom.
(originating from areas now part of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan) saw this asterism as a scimitar, calling it Khamshish.
I wish he had said something about the contribution made to the development of Chinese Buddhism by Greeks, or at any by rate Hellenized Bactrians and Sogdians
, at the far eastern extremities of Alexander's empire.
Prominent among the foreigners in China in this period were Sogdians
, who were the most-successful traders on the Silk Road.
First, dogs seemed to enjoy a status not much higher than pigs did among the Sogdians
who played such an important role in bringing foreign culture and products to medieval China.
41) According to Shavkunov, large trade settlements of Iranian-speaking Sogdians
and Toharistanians as well as several other Central-Asian ethnicities existed on Bohai territory that influenced the cultures of Bohai and the Jurchens.
As more foreigners came to China, some ethnic groups, such as the Sogdians
, would start to organize their own networks of communication.