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Fascinating Photos of Reindeer People Living in Mongolia

A film called The Reindeer People: “In Northern Mongolia, there exists a sacred alliance between people, ancestor spirits and reindeer. This film is an intimate portrait of a family of Dukha reindeer nomads following their migration through the forests of Mongolia. They move with a herd of about a hundred reindeer through a sacred forest inhabited by the spirits of their ancestors, who communicate to the living through songs. The oldest Dukha, is a divine seer, a 96-year old shaman. She is the link between the healing songs of the forest ancestors, her people and their reindeer. She is the centerpiece of an extraordinary adventure that unites people and animals in one of the wildest regions of Mongolia – where people still live and hunt in a forest dominated by supernatural beings. To live in harmony with them, people had to learn to respect nature and animals and to pass down their beliefs, from generation to generation, by invoking the song-lines of their deceased ancestors.”

Archaeologists unearth lost fortress of Genghis Khan in western Mongolia

Japanese and Mongolian archaeologists said Feb. 26 that they have discovered the remains of a 13th-century military outpost established for Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan (c. 1162-1227) in southwestern Mongolia.

The joint research team said the discovery could be useful in learning about the Mongol Empire’s strategy on western expansion and trade routes.

“We hope the discovery will be useful in ascertaining the history of the Mongolian Plateau between the 13th and 14th centuries,” said team leader Koichi Matsuda, professor emeritus of Mongol Empire history at Osaka International University. Read more.

‘Romeo & Juliet’ Dinosaur Fossils Put Dino Mating In A Whole New Light

“He said the dinosaurs – which were unearthed next to each other in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia in 2001 – may very well have been a mating pair before they were buried alive in the collapse of a sand dune.”  Read more

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One of the largest ethnic minorities in China and one that once ruled half of the world-the Mongols (蒙古族). This oblong headdress, called Gugu Guan (罟罟冠) was popular to the noblewomen of the Mongol court. Just like the Liang batou (兩把頭) and Qitou (旗頭) of the Manchurian, only noble Mongol women wear these one reason is because the shape of this headdress limited the women from moving a lot and whenever they move they will be slow and elegant. Another reason is that this headdress is a symbol of Mongolian power, so Han women don’t usually wear them.

This photoset shows three ancient portraits of Empress of the Yuan dynasty (元朝) and also a Gugu Guan unearthed as well as modern women wearing the headdress.

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Last month, historians in the Inner Mongolian city of Hohhot overheard a couple of people singing a weird old song:

From south to north I carry the tea

Ten thousand miles it is to be

I hire a porter on Mount Wuyi

In Chong'an County we put it on ships

The song goes on to describe the entire 5000 kilometer camel route for carrying tea from China, through Mongolia, all the way to Kyakhta in Russia. The song is believed to have been passed down from people who worked for Dashengkui, a Chinese tea-trading company active in the 1600s, and fills in previously unknown details about the route Dashengkui’s mechants took.

Sadly, none of the news stories I found contain a recording of the tea map song.

Pictured: the Mongolian method of making tea with milk. The tea is scooped up into the air and poured back into the pot to stir it and improve the flavor. Everyone in Mongolia seems to own the exact same blue plastic tea scoop.