The word yaban exists in Turkish with the meaning of savage~wilderness~uncultivated. yabancı means foreigner According to an etymology dictionary, it comes from "yawan". It exists in Japanese with the meaning of savage. http://translate.google.com/#en/ja/savage It also exists in Persian with similar meanings. What I had in mind is the word yaya, yayan in Turkish meaning "on foot, walking, not using a vehicle for traveling". Could people with horse-riding as an important aspect of their lifestyle, called people not riding horses as foreigner?