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Yue Qi (Indo-Scythians)

Iranian-speaking nomads of central Asia and the Gansu region. They raided the northern states of Zhou China in the 8th to 2nd centuries BC, until they were forced to move westwards by the expansion of the fierce Xiongnu nomads of Mongolia in the early 2nd century BC. They moved to Bactria and eventually formed the Kushan empire. The Yue Qi were influential in spreading Buddhism from India to China. Ú

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