In Central Asia, which has a rich historical heritage, many diverse nations, cultures, and religious beliefs have found a opportunity to lo live together. The Turks, who had a significant influence on the region's politics, economy, culture, and religion, accepted the Christian faith, which had the opportunity to develop in this region. Turkish communities reflected these beliefs in their lifestyles by fusing this new religion with certain elements of their cultural heritage. Consequently, the tombstones they have preserved until now provide valuable information on the successful functioning of the East Syriac Church and the Syriac language in the area. The linguistic characteristics found in the tombstones as well as the different symbols, markings, and epigraphic components inscribed on the tombstones serve as a guide for researchers. The inscriptions written in Syriac and Turkish utilizing Syriac letters by the Turks of the Eastern Church in the Inner Mongolia region are serve as primary source of this study. In this study, the cross found on the inscriptions discovered in Inner Mongolia and some epigraphic elements surrounding this cross symbol were examined and an interdisciplinary study was conducted by evaluating the shapes on the inscriptions.
Turks, Christianity, Syriac, Turkish, Tombstone.