A long time ago the prophet Solomon became captivated by a devastatingly beautiful blue-eyed blonde maiden. He was absolutely besotted with her and couldn't let her out of his sight. When at last he came to his senses, he was so furious with himself for succumbing to her charm that he ordered a particularly ugly demon to take her out into the desert and dispose of her forever. However the demon soon became enthralled with her loveliness and, ignoring Solomon's orders, carried her off to Khorezm where they began a family together.
Since then, so the story goes, their descendents have populated the oasis. The women have taken after the fair maiden in beauty and grace and the men after the demon in size and uncomely features.