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Mongolian Culture and Traditions

The culture of the Mongol people has been shaped for thousands of years by the nomadic lifestyle of many generations. Despite being identified with the invading horde of Genghis Khan, who raided most of Asia and a good number of European countries in the 13th century, the Mongols are actually generous people who settle for what they have and whose hospitality is a well-known trademark.

Any traveler that choses to explore Mongolia or other regions of Asia inhabited by this noble people is left in wonder how life can be peacefully experienced far from the chaotic, stressful atmosphere of most modern cities. The Mongols choose to live in a close bond with nature and their ancient religion of Tengrism justifies that. Although they are very proud of their heritage, the last few centuries have seen a good number of Mongols embracing Buddhism or Christianity as their main belief.

This was not the only change experienced by those who have chosen to move to urban areas. Their clothing style and celebrations have changed as well. Jeans have replaced the traditional kaftan, while some seasonal festivities have been forgotten. Still, people who have chosen to live as their ancestors did, on the seemingly never ending steppes in yurt tents, practice their old customs and they pass them down to future generations. Some of these traditions include throat-singing, raising yaks and crafting tools and musical instruments from natural sources.

Mongolia remains one of the few places on the planet that has not been fully infiltrated by the Western culture. Here, people choose to live a tough existence but do so to maintain a special relationship with the surrounding nature that has lasted for millenniums, so far. This way, they get a better understanding and respect for human life and purpose.