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Khishigten-The Elite Special Forces of Chinggis Khan

Khishigten mongol warrior

In the early Middle Ages, the Order of Assassins, the Muslim sect of Nizari Ismaili, had a huge influence in the Middle East for almost two centuries. The Order of Assassins was relatively similar to modern terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda, founded by the notorious Osama Bin Laden. But the Order of Assassins was […]

Stars Wars: Amazing connections of an epic space saga with Mongolia

Stars Wars: Amazing connections of an epic space saga with Mongolia

“Cal’s journey begins with listening to ‘Sugaan Essena’, an original song from Mongolian band The HU. That’s not Mongolian you’re hearing though, it’s a language created by the band exclusively for the Star Wars. It’s Cal’s favorite song for ship scrapping or galactic gladiator fights, but why does he love it so much? A special […]

The eagle huntress Aisholpan and the history of Mongolian falconry

The eagle huntress Aisholpan and the history of Mongolian falconry

Eagle hunting is a traditional form of falconry, widespread throughout the Eurasian steppe among nomadic peoples. It represents the most dramatic and primary relations between man and beast, which is kept well through generation to generation in the remote mountains of western Mongolia. International audience interested in falconry among Kazakhs in Mongolian Bayan Ulgii aimag […]

How is Mulan, an ancient woman warrior of Mongolia, identified as Chinese?

Mulan

The world had not heard about the legendary Chinese woman warrior Mulan until 1998, when the Disney’s animated a film about  her deeds. The film grossed more than $ 300 million worldwide and nominated for Golden Globe and Oscar. After that the story of Mulan, a young woman who disguises herself as a man in […]

The Khuumii: Mongolian Throat Singing as An Extraordinary Vocal Technique

The Khuumii: Mongolian Throat Singing as An Extraordinary Vocal Technique

The Khuumii, Mongolian throat (overtone) singing, is an extraordinary vocal technique, which a single performer simultaneously produces up to three separate vocal lines that can be clearly distinguished by audience. Although there are various types of khoomii, most of them involve a sound of a fundamental drone, and produce a flute-like melody by reinforcing a […]

Mongolian traditional “dairy food” or “Tsagaan idee”

Mongolian traditional “dairy food” or “Tsagaan idee”

From immemorial time, the Mongols have been engaged in nomadic animal husbandry in the vast territory of Central Asia under harsh continental climate, and therefore their diet was strikingly different from their neighborhoods settled in agricultural society. Bread and corn were vital food among agricultural societies in Europe as well as rice in Asia. In […]

Mongolian Khas pattern and Nazi’s swastika

The swastika is synonymous of Nazi Germany and is considered a symbol of pure evil in the Western world. The black straight-armed hakenkreuz (swastika) on the distinctive white circle and red background is the Nazi flag, which became the most hated symbol of modernity, inextricably linked to the atrocities committed under Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich […]

Hunnu: An ancient Mongol empire known in the West as the Huns

Hunnu

As stated in the Western classical sources, the Huns appeared in Europe and its territory suddenly around 370 AD. For instance: The Romans became aware of the Huns when Huns’ invasion occurred in the Pontic steppes, a vast land stretching from the northern shores of the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. As a result […]

The Gerege – The First Universal Token known in the World as a Foreign Passport

The Gerege

A Flemish missionary and a traveler Guillaume de Rubrouck had visited the Mongol Empire between 1253-1255 as an ambassador of the King Louis IX of France and had been welcomed by Munkh (Mongke) Khan in the palace of Kharkhorum (Kara Korum). Upon returning in his detailed report to Louis IX, which was later published under […]