The HEPHTHALITES (or Ephthalites) were a people of Central Asia who
were militarily important circa 450–560. They were based in Bactria
and expanded east to the
Tarim Basin , west to
Sogdia and south
Afghanistan to northern India. They were a tribal
confederation and included both nomadic and urban, settled
communities. They were part of the four major "Hunic" states known
Xionites or "
Hunas ", being preceeded by the Kidarites
, and succeeded by the
Alchon Huns and lastly the
Nezak Huns . The
Sveta Huna or White
Huns who invaded northern
India are probably the
Hephthalites, but the exact relation is not clear.
The stronghold of the Hephthalites was Tokharistan on the northern
slopes of the
Hindu Kush , in what is present-day northeastern
Afghanistan. By 479, the Hephthalites had conquered
Sogdia and driven
Kidarites westwards, and by 493 they had captured parts of
Dzungaria and the
Tarim Basin in what is now Northwest
China . They expanded into northwestern
India as well.
The sources for Hepthalite history are poor and historians' opinions
differ. There is no king-list and historians are not sure how they
arose or what language they spoke.
The origin of the name "Hephthalites" is unknown, possibly from
Khotanese word *Hitala, itself borrowed from
Uigur , meaning
"Strong" or from postulated Middle Persian *haft āl "the Seven".
* 1 Territory
* 2 History
* 2.1 5th century: conflicts and alliances with the
* 2.2 6th century and later
* 3 Ethnonyms
* 4 Ethnicity
* 5 Origins
* 6 Religion and culture
* 7 White
Huns in Southern Central Asia
* 8 Possible Descendants
* 9 See also
* 10 References
* 11 Sources
* 12 External links
Hephthalites chieftain circa 484–560.
The Hephthalites formed in
Bactria around 450, or sometime before.
In 442 their tribes were fighting the Persians. Around 451 they pushed
Gandhara . In 456 a Hephthalite embassy arrived in China.
By 458 they were strong enough to intervene in Persia.
Around 466 they probably took Transoxianan lands from the Kidarites
with Persian help but soon took from Persia the area of
In the second half of the fifth century they controlled the deserts
Turkmenistan as far as the
Caspian Sea and possibly
By 500 they held the whole of
Bactria and the
Pamirs and parts of
Probably in the late fifth century they took the western Tarim Basin
Khotan ) and in 479 they took the east end (
Turfan ). In
497–509, they pushed north of
Turfan to the
Urumchi region. In 509
they took 'Sughd' (the capital of
Around 565 their empire was destroyed by an alliance of the
Göktürks and the
Sasanians , but some of them remained as local
rulers in the Afghan region for the next 150 years.
5TH CENTURY: CONFLICTS AND ALLIANCES WITH THE SASANIANS
Hephthalite king wearing the crown of Sasanian Emperor
Peroz I .
Late 5th century CE.
Our best information comes from Persian sources: from 442, Yazdegerd
II (435–57) fought 'tribes of the Hephthalites’, according to the
Elisee Vardaped . In 453, Yazdegerd moved his court east to
deal with the Hephthalites or related groups.
In 458, a Hephthalite king called
Khushnavaz helped Sasanian Emperor
Peroz I (458–84) gain the Persian throne from his brother. The
Hephthalite may have also helped the
Sasanians eliminate another
Hunnic tribe, the
Kidarites : by 467, Peroz I, with Hephthalite aid,
reportedly managed to capture Balaam and put an end to Kidarite rule
Transoxiana once and for all. The Kidarites, weakened, had to take
refuge in the area of
Peroz I fought three wars with his former allies the
Hephthalites. In the first two he was captured and ransomed himself.
In the third he was killed, and for the next two years the
Hephthalites plundered parts of Persia.
Sasanian Empire paying tribute to the Hephthalites, from
474, the Hephthalites themselves adopted the winged, triple-crescent
Peroz I to crown their effigy in their own coinage. They
thus expressed symbolically that they had become the legitimate rulers
From 484 until the middle of the sixth century, Persia paid tribute
to the Hephthalites. In 488,
Kavadh I (488-96, 498–531) made himself
king of Persia with Hephthalite help. (He overthrew his uncle, the
brother of Peroz.) In 496-98, he was overthrown by the nobles and
clergy, escaped and restored himself with a Hephthalite army.
Hephthalite troops helped Kavadh at a siege of
6TH CENTURY AND LATER
The "Hephthalite bowl", NFP
Pakistan , 460–479 CE. British
The period 498-c555 is almost blank in the standard English sources.
In 552, the
Göktürks took over Mongolia, and by 558 reached the
Volga . By 581 or before, the western part separated and became the
Western Turkic Khaganate .
Circa 555-67, the Turks and the Persians allied against the
Hephthalites and defeated them after an eight-day battle near Qarshi
perhaps in 557. The allies then fought each other and c. 571 drew a
border along the
Oxus . After the battle, the Hephthalites withdrew to
Bactria and replaced king Gatfar with Faganish, the ruler of
Chaghaniyan . What happened in the
Tarim Basin is not clear.
Small Hephthalite states remained, paying tribute either to the Turks
or the Persians. They are reported in the Zarafshan valley,
Khuttal , Termez, Balkh,
Badghis , Herat and Kabul.
Circa 651, during the Arab conquest, the ruler of
Badghis was involved
in the fall of the last Sassanian Shah
Yazdegerd III . Circa 705, the
Hephthalite rulers of
Chaghaniyan surrendered to the Arabs
Qutaiba ibn Muslim .
Coin of the Hephthalites circa 350 CE, possibly from
imitating a coin of
Shapur I .
The name Hephthalites originated with Ancient Greek sources, which
also referred to them as Ephthalite, Abdel or Avdel.
To the Armenians, the Hephthalites were Haital, to the Persians and
Arabs, they were Haytal or Hayatila (هياطلة), while their
Bactrian name was Ebodalo (ηβοδαλο).
In Chinese chronicles, the Hephthalites are usually called
Ye-ta-i-li-to (or Yediyiliduo), or the more usual modern and
abbreviated form Yada (嚈噠 Yàdā). The latter name is been given
various Latinised renderings, including Yeda, Ye-ta, Ye-Tha; Ye-dā
and Yanda. The corresponding
Cantonese and Korean names Yipdaat and
Yeoptal (Korean : 엽달), which preserve aspects of the Middle
Chinese pronunciation (roughly yep-daht, ) better than the modern
Mandarin pronunciation, are more consistent with the Greek
Hephthalite. Some Chinese chroniclers suggest that the root Hephtha-
(as in Ye-ta-i-li-to or Yada) was technically a title equivalent to
"emperor", while Hua was the name of the dominant tribe.
In Ancient India, names such as Hephthalite were unknown. The
Hephthalites were apparently part of, or offshoots of, people known in
Hunas or Turushkas, although these names may have referred
to broader groups or neighbouring peoples.
Hephthalites chieftain late 5th century.
There are several theories regarding the origins of the White Huns,
with the Iranian and Turkic theories being the most prominent.
According to most specialist scholars, the spoken language of the
Hephthalites was an Eastern Iranian language , but different from the
Bactrian language written in the
Greek alphabet that was used as their
"official language" and minted on coins, as was done under the
Kushan Empire .
According to Xavier Tremblay, one of the Hephthalite rulers was named
"Khingila ", which has the same root as the Sogdian word xnγr and the
Wakhi word xiŋgār, meaning "sword". The name
Mihirakula is thought
to be derived from mithra-kula which is Iranian for "the Sun family",
with kula having the same root as Pashto kul, "family". Toramāna ,
Mihirakula's father, is also considered to have an Iranian origin. In
Sanskrit, mihira-kula would mean the kul "family" of mihira "Sun",
although mihira is not purely
Sanskrit but is a borrowing from Middle
Iranian mihr. Janos Harmatta gives the translation "Mithra's
Begotten" and also supports the Iranian theory. Hephthalite king
wearing the crown of Sasanian Emperor
Peroz I . Late 5th century CE.
For many years, however, scholars suggested that they were of Turkic
stock. Some have claimed that some groups amongst the Hephthalites
were Turkic -speakers. Today the Hephthalites are generally held to
have been an Eastern Iranian people speaking an East Iranian language
. The Hephthalites enscribed their coins in the Bactrian (Iranian )
script, held Iranian titles, the names of Hephthalite rulers given
Shahnameh are Iranian, and gem inscriptions and other
evidence shows that the official language of the Hephthalite elite was
East Iranian. In 1959, Kazuo Enoki proposed that the Hephthalites
were probably Indo-European (East) Iranians as some sources indicated
that they were originally from
Bactria , which is known to have been
inhabited by Indo-Iranian people in antiquity. Richard Frye is
cautiously accepting of Enoki's hypothesis, while at the same time
stressing that the Hephthalites "were probably a mixed horde". More
recently Xavier Tremblay's detailed examination of surviving
Hephthalite personal names has indicated that Enoki's hypothesis that
they were East Iranian may well be correct, but the matter remains
unresolved in academic circles. Asia in 500, showing the
Hephthalite Khanate at its greatest extent.
According to the
Encyclopaedia Iranica and
Encyclopaedia of Islam ,
the Hephthalites possibly originated in what is today
They apparently had no direct connection with the European
Huns , but
may have been causally related with their movement. The tribes in
question deliberately called themselves "Huns" in order to frighten
Huns may have been a prominent tribe or clan of the
Chionites . According to
Richard Nelson Frye :
Just as later nomadic empires were confederations of many peoples, we
may tentatively propose that the ruling groups of these invaders were,
or at least included, Turkic-speaking tribesmen from the east and
north. Although most probably the bulk of the people in the
Chionites and then Hephhtalites spoke an Iranian
language... this was the last time in the history of Central Asia that
Iranian-speaking nomads played any role; hereafter all nomads would
speak Turkic languages. Hephthalite horseman on British Museum
bowl, 460–479 CE.
Procopius of Caesarea (
ch. 3), related them to the
Huns in Europe:
The Ephthalitae Huns, who are called White
Huns The Ephthalitae are
of the stock of the
Huns in fact as well as in name, however they do
not mingle with any of the
Huns known to us, for they occupy a land
neither adjoining nor even very near to them; but their territory lies
immediately to the north of Persia They are not nomads like the other
Hunnic peoples, but for a long period have been established in a
goodly land... They are the only ones among the
Huns who have white
bodies and countenances which are not ugly. It is also true that their
manner of living is unlike that of their kinsmen, nor do they live a
savage life as they do; but they are ruled by one king, and since they
possess a lawful constitution, they observe right and justice in their
dealings both with one another and with their neighbours, in no degree
less than the Romans and the Persians
As an illustration of how little we know of the Hephthalites,
Kurbanov surveyed the literature and found these opinons: They were
named after a king Eftalan or Hephtal. They lived in the Eftali valley
(location not given). They called themselves War or Jabula or Alkhon.
They were a political rather than ethnic unit. They, the
Kidarites were the same people or three different peoples. They were
the ruling class of the Xionites. They were not Xionites. They were
not the White Huns. They were natives of Bactria, or the Pamirs, or
the Kundu Kush. They began as the Hua who were subjects of the Rouran
Turfan area. They were a branch of the
Yuezhi in the Altai area
who merged with the Dinglings, defeated the Yueban and moved south.
They arose near the Aral Sea from a fusion of Massagetae and Alans and
moved southeast under the name of Xionites. They were partly Tibetan
or Mongol or Tokharian or
Huns who returned east after the fall of
Attila. Kurbanov gives a few other theories and makes no attempt to
Ancient Chinese chroniclers, as well as Procopius, wrote various
theories about the origins of the people:
* They were descendants of the
Yuezhi or Tocharian tribes who
remained behind after the rest of the people fled the
* They were descendants of the
* They were a branch of the Tiele ; or
* They were a branch of the Uar.
Older Chinese sources (c. 125) refer to them as Hua (滑 Huá) or
Hudun, and describe the Hephthalites as a tribe living beyond the
Great Wall , in Dzungaria. Chinese chronicles state that they were
originally a tribe of the Yuezhi, living to the north of the Great
Wall, and subject to the
Rouran (Jwen-Jwen), as were some Turkic
peoples at the time. Their original name was HOA or HOA-TUN;
subsequently they named themselves YE-THA-I-LI-TO (厌带夷栗陁, or
more briefly Ye-tha 嚈噠), after their royal family, which
descended from one of the five
Yuezhi families which also included the
The Hephthalite was a vassal state to the
Rouran Khaganate until the
beginning of the 5th century. Between Hephthalites and Rourans were
also close contacts, although they had different languages and
cultures, and Hephthalites borrowed much of their political
organization from Rourans. In particular, the title "Khan ", which
according to McGovern was original to the Rourans, was borrowed by the
Hephthalite rulers. The reason for the migration of the Hephthalites
southeast was to avoid a pressure of the Rourans. Further, the
Hephthalites defeated the
Bactria and their leader Kidara
Yuezhi to the south.
RELIGION AND CULTURE
They were said to practice
Polyandry and Artificial cranial
deformation . Chinese sources said they worshiped 'foreign gods',
'demons', the 'heaven god' or the 'fire god'. The Gokturks told the
Byzantines that they had walled cities. Some Chinese sources said that
they had no cities and lived in tents. Litvinsky tries to resolve this
by saying that they were nomads who moved into the cities they had
conquered. There were some government officials but central control
was weak and local dynasties paid tribute.
Song Yun , the Chinese
Buddhist monk who visited the
Hephthalite territory in 540 and "provides accurate accounts of the
people, their clothing, the empresses and court procedures and
traditions of the people and he states the Hephthalites did not
Buddhist religion and they preached pseudo gods, and
killed animals for their meat." It is reported that some Hephthalites
Buddhist monasteries but these were rebuilt by others.
Xuanzang , the third Chinese pilgrim who visited the same
Song Yun about 100 years later, the capital of Chaghaniyan
had five monasteries.
According to historian André Wink, "...in the Hephthalite dominion
Buddhism was predominant but there was also a religious sediment of
Balkh had some 100 Buddhist
monasteries and 30,000 monks. Outside the town was a large Buddhist
monastery, later known as Naubahar .
WHITE HUNS IN SOUTHERN CENTRAL ASIA
Hephthalite successor kingdoms in 600. Main article:
It is not clear whether the people called SVETA HUNA (White Huns) in
Sanskrit were the Hephthalites or a related people, the
Xionites . In
the northwest of the Indian subcontinent, the Hephthalites were not
distinguished from their immediate Chionite predecessors; both are
known as Huna (Sanskrit: Sveta-Hūna, White Huns). In Ancient India,
names such as Hephthalite were unknown. The Hephthalites were
apparently part of, or offshoots of, people known in
Historians such as Beckwith , referring to Étienne de la Vaissière
, say that the Hephthalites were not necessarily one and the same as
Huns (Sveta Huna). According to de la Vaissiere, the
Hephthalites are not directly identified in classical sources
alongside that of the White Huns.
The Huna had already established themselves in
Afghanistan and the
modern province of
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of
Pakistan by the first half of
the 5th century, and the Gupta emperor
Skandagupta had repelled a
Hūna invasion in 455 before the Hephthalite clan came along. These
attacks on the Guptas were therefore probably made by the predecessors
of the Hephthalites, the
India was invaded during the 5th century by a people known in the
Indian Subcontinent as the
Hunas – possibly an alliance broader than
the Hephthalites and/or Xionites. The
Hunas were initially defeated by
Skandagupta of the
Gupta Empire . By the end of the 5th
century, however, the
Hunas had overrun the part of the Gupta Empire
that was to their southeast and had conquered Central and North India
. Gupta Emperor Bhanugupta defeated the
Toramana in 510.
Hunas were driven out of
India by the kings
Narasimhagupta , during the early 6th century.
The Hephthalites had their capital at Badian, modern
Kunduz , but the
emperor lived in the capital city for just three winter months, and
for the rest of the year, the government seat would move from one
locality to another like a camp. The Hephthalites continued the
pressure on ancient India's northwest frontier and broke east by the
end of the 5th century, hastening the disintegration of the Gupta
Empire . They made their capital at the city of Sakala, modern Sialkot
Pakistan , under their Emperor
Mihirakula . But later the
defeated and driven out of
India by the Indian kings
Narasimhagupta in the 6th century.
A number of groups in
India may be partly descended
from the Hephthalites.
* Karluks: The '
Karluks ' or
Qarlughids reported from near Ghazni in
the thirteenth century may have arisen from the Hephthalites. Others
say they were Khalachs, the names being similar in Arabic.
* Khalachs: The Khalachs or
Khalaj people are first mentioned in the
7th–9th centuries in the area of Kabul and Gazni. They spoke Turkic,
possibly arose from the Hephthalites and later probably merged into
Ghilzai Pashtuns. Their descendents may have founded the Khalji
dynasty (1290) and the
Lodi dynasty (1451) of the Delhi Sultanate.
* Abdal is a name associated with the Hephthalites. It is an
alternate name for the
Äynu people of the
Tarim Basin and appears as
a sub-tribe of the
Chowdur Turkmen, Kazakhs and
* Duranni: The
Afghanistan were called Abdali before
* Rajputs: The Rajputs may have begun as a mixture of Hephthalites
Gujars . One of their clans is called 'Hun' as in Sveta Huna.
Pashtuns began as a union of largely East-Iranian tribes which
became the initial ethnic stratum of the Pashtun ethnogenesis , dates
from the middle of the first millennium CE and is connected with the
dissolution of the Epthalite (White Huns) confederacy. Of the
contribution of the Epthalites (White Huns) to the ethnogenesis of the
Pashtuns we find evidence in the ethnonym of the largest of the
Pashtun tribe unions, the Abdali (
Durrani after 1747) associated with
the ethnic name of the Epthalites — Abdal. The Siah-posh , the
Kafirs (Nuristanis) of the
Hindu Kush , called all
Pashtuns by a
general name of Abdal still at the beginning of the 19th century.
Kidarites (Red Huns)
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"The relative abundance of data norwithstanding, we have but a very
fragmentary picture of Hephthalite civilization.There is no consensus
con- cerning the Hephthalite language, though most scholars seem to
think that it was IRANIAN.The Pei shih at least clearly states that
the language of the Hephthalites differs from those of the High
Chariots, of the Juan-juan and of the "various Hu a rather vague term
which, in this context, probably refers to some Iranian peoples...
ACCORDING TO THE LIANG SHU THE HEPHTHALITES WORSHIPED HEAVEN AND ALSO
FIRE A CLEAR REFERENCE TO ZOROASTRIANISM."
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of origin was to the north of the
Hindu Kush mountain range and that
they were of IRANIAN STOCK he rejects the view that they were of
Altaic origin, with Turkish connections."
* Robert L. Canfield (2002). "Turko-Persia in Historical
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"One cannot go into details here about that dark period of Central
Asian history from the time of the Kushans down the coming of the
Arabs, but one may suggest that the beginning of this period saw the
last waves of Iranian-speaking nomads moving to the south, to be
replaced by the Turkic-speaking nomads beginning in the late fourth
century.... but our information about them, known in Classical and
Islamic sources as the
Chionites and Hephthalites, is so meager that
much confusion has reigned regarding their origins and nature.Just as
later nomadic empires were confederations of many peoples, we may
tentatively propose that the ruling groups of these were, or at least
included, Turkic-speaking tribesmen from the east and north, although
most probably the bulk of the people in the confederation ofChionites
and then HEPHTHALITES SPOKE AN IRANIAN LANGUAGE.In this case, as
normal, the nomads adopted the written language, institutions, and
culture of the settled folk.To call them "Iranian Huns" as Gobl has
done is not infelicitous, for surely the bulk of the population ruled
Chionites and Hephthalites WAS LRANIAN (Gobl 1967:ix). BUT THIS
WAS THE LAST TIME IN THE HISTORY OFCENTRAL ASIA THAT IRANIAN-SPEAKING
NOMADS PLAYED ANY ROLE; HEREAFTER ALL NOMADS WOULD SPEAK TURKIC
LANGUAGES AND THE MILLENNIUM-OLD DIVISION BETWEEN SETTLED TAJIK AND
NOMADIC TURK WOULD OBTAIN."
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which the White
Huns are assigned an Iranian tribe are: (1) that their
original home was on the east frontier of Tokharestan; and (2) that
their culture contained some Iranian elements. Naturally, the White
Huns were sometimes regarded as another branch of the Kao-ch’e tribe
by their contemporaries, and their manners and customs are represented
as identical with those of the T’u-chueh, and it is a fact that they
had several cultural elements in common with those of the nomadic
Turkish tribes. Nevertheless, such similarity of manners and customs
is an inevitable phenomenon arising from similarity of their
environments. The White
Huns could not be assigned as a Turkish tribe
on account of this. The White
Huns were considered by some scholars as
an Aryanized tribe, but I would like to go further and acknowledge
them as an Iranian tribe. Though my grounds, as stated above, are
rather scarce, it is expected that the historical and linguistic
materials concerning the White
Huns are to be increased in the future
and most of the newly-discovered materials seem to confirm my
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L'Origine Des Hephtalites», pp. 183–88 «Malgré tous les auteurs
qui, depuis KLAPROTH jusqu’ ALTHEIM in SuC, p113 sq et HAUSSIG, Die
Geschichte Zentralasiens und der Seidenstrasse in vorislamischer Zeit,
Darmstadt, 1983 (cf. n.7), ont vu dans les White
Huns des Turcs,
l’explication de leurs noms par le turc ne s’impose jamais, est
parfois impossible et n’est appuyée par aucun fait historique
(aucune trace de la religion turque ancienne), celle par l’iranien
est toujours possible, parfois évidente, surtout dans les noms longs
Toramana ou γοβοζοκο qui sont bien plus
probants qu’ αλ- en Αλχαννο. Or l’iranien des noms des
Huns n’est pas du bactrien et n’est donc pas imputable à
leur installation en Bactriane Une telle accumulation de
probabilités suffit à conclure que, jusqu’à preuve du contraire,
les Hepthalites étaient des Iraniens orientaux, mais non des
Sogdiens.» Available here (PDF)
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