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Culture

5 min read · May 30, 2022

Shagain naadgai or the ankle-bone games have been played by Mongolians since the ancient times. In 2011, archaeologists found numerous shagais from a child’s grave among burials from the Xiongnu dynasty. The shagais were sealed by the Mongo...

Art

3 min read · May 30, 2022

In Mongolia, Undur Gegeen Zanabazar is revered on par with how Michelangelo is cherished elsewhere: if Michelangelo’s masterpiece is David, Zanabazar’s masterpiece is rightly considered as Nogoon Dari Ekh (Green Tara), one of the female emb...

Food

3 min read · May 30, 2022

It’s easy to presume meat is the only food nomadic Mongolians have. Well, they do have vast herds of domesticated animals, and they do eat meat. But the daily source of nutrition is fulfilled by dairy products; the most important source of...

Culture

3 min read · May 26, 2022

An untamed horse disposes all of its strength to resist a rider, but the entire ordeal looks remarkably impressive. Some horses let out a squeal in a statement of fury. This is because a rider aggressively attempted to climb on top of it, s...

Culture

4 min read · May 26, 2022

Music that can express joy and happiness and sadness and sorrow without words, is a great gift to mankind. We can call music a language of human feelings. This language is expressed with musical instruments, and without them. Now let’s talk...

Art

3 min read · May 25, 2022

Every culture has its own jewels and ornaments that embody their traditions and thoughts. In Europe, especially France and England, it is more common to cut precious gems and fit them on gold or silver crafted items, while plain silver and...

Environment

3 min read · May 23, 2022

In winter and spring, almost every family in Ulaanbaatar stock their refrigerators with wild cranberries, cranberry leaves, sea buckthorns as well as aarts (curd drink from sour milk). All of them are the main weapons to combat against cold...

Entertainment

3 min read · May 23, 2022

There was once a young boy who lived with his grandparents in the countryside, helping them care for their herds. His uncle who lived in the city sent him cassets from time to time. The boy listened to the cassets every night before going t...

Art

3 min read · May 20, 2022

Ancient Buddhist writings precisely dictate how Tangkas should be made. Tangkas are numeric values indicating exact measurements of divine beings when depicted in the form of art. Despite having seemingly definitive dimensions, Buddhist art...

Art

2 min read · May 20, 2022

The Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery is always open to the public and 7-8% of over 4,300 works of art are on exhibit at any given time. The history of modern Mongolian art begins in the early 20th century with the works of the Khuree a...

Culture

4 min read · May 18, 2022

A nomad woman gets up at the break of dawn, removes the ger covers (urkh) for the day, and collects firewood and dried dun for fire, prepares milk tea and makes an offering to the mother nature. Her morning continues with drying and tanning...

Culture

3 min read · May 18, 2022

Nestled between modern glass buildings of Ulaanbaatar lies a mysterious green tile-roofed temple inside a fenced yard. This is the green palace and temple of the country’s last khaan, the Bogd VIII, now a museum. Jabzandamba Khutagt Bogd wa...