Uygur doors in Xinjiang
Uygurs"homes are commonly wooden-framed adobe bungalows, but some better-off families build their own houses with a porch and carved or painted ornaments.
Culture: The Uygurs have a long and rich cultural tradition. Among writings passed down are the Turkic Dictionary and Kutadolu Bilq (Blessings and Wisdom). The serial epic Twelve Mukams is well-known, as are a variety of dances and diverse musical instruments. Sports include "ran off with a sheep," swing and wrestling. Maixilaipu is another popular form of entertainment combining music, narration and poetry.
Religion: The Uygurs used to practice different religions, including Shamanism, Manichaeism, Nestorianism, Zoroastrianism and Buddhism. They started to convert to Islam in the early 10th century.
Their origins can be traced back to the 3rd century BC. Nomads calling themselves Dingling used to live on the steppe by Lake Baikal. In the 5th century the tribe was called Tiele.