Category Archives: Culture

Mongolian epic of Jangar, the ruler of the fairy Bumba kingdom

Jangar

In the Middle Ages during long winter evenings Western Mongolians gathered at the storyteller and listened to his fascinating epic song about the exploits of Jangar, loyal and brave ruler of the fairy Bumba kingdom. From the storyteller-jangarchi’s mouth, people learned that Jangar was orphaned at the age of two when a cruel devil Guljin […]

Mongol artist who became as famous as Russian Raphael

Alexei Yegorov

It is believed that Alexei Yegorov, a famous Russian artist, whose contemporaries are called the Russian Raphael, was born in 1776 near the Volga river bank, located in the former Kalmyk Khanate. The Kalmyk Khanate was an Oirat or western Mongols khanate, established the Eurasian steppe in 1630. It extended over modern Kalmykia and surrounding […]

A distinctive pattern of the Mongols royal blood – Tavan nuden

Tavan nuden

In the Middle Ages, a pattern called Tavan Nuden (means Five Eyes) could only be used by people with Mongols royal blood, of which, the descendants of Chinggis (Genghis) Khan. No one, even highly rank state men, had the right to use this privileged symbol. During the times of the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368), which was […]

Mongolian Naadam Festival or Three Manly Games

Mongolian Naadam Festival

From immemorial times, the Mongols have had a tradition to hold a festival in the summer called Naadam. According to Chinese chronicles dating back to the 2nd century BC, it was written that the Huns, the ancestors of the Mongols had being spent a great holiday with wrestling, horse racing and archery in the summers. […]

Traditional Mongolian boots-The exotic Gutals

Mongolian boots

Without a doubt, one of the most exotic and colorful boots in the world is Mongolian gutals. The main feature of the Mongolian boots is their unusual shape with upturned toes and various ornaments, which are so different from modern and western shoes. Mongolian gutals may seem crockery, bulky and uncomfortable for younger generation or […]

Traditional Mongolian script-The only vertical script in the world

Mongolian script

In 1204, Chinggis (Genghis) khan declared Mongolian classical script as an official alphabet for newly established empire of Mongolian tribes. Mongolian script is the only alphabet in the world that is written vertically. At the end of the first millennium AD (VIII-IX centuries) ancient Uyghurs and Mongols adopted their vertical scripts from the Sogdian alphabet, […]

Do camels have a soul? The Story of the Weeping Camel

Weeping camel

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2017 and took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. This year’s Oscar night was held on March 4, 2018, rather than its usual late-February date to avoid conflicting with the 2018 […]

“I wish to play the Morin khuur with my heart, like a Mongolian”, the tale about flying horse

Steve Morel

Ever since I bought and started listening to Jantsannorov’s CD back in college, I was drawn to the sound of the Morin Khuur. Though I loved listening to the melodies, I had never dreamed of learning to play the instrument by myself. There is too long a story behind what made me want to learn […]