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Tags: Hazara Mongol
Tags: Mongol Students Union
Mongol Students Union (Монголын Оюутаны Холбоо, Mongol Oyutnee Kholboo) is the organization of Mongol students with more than 50,000 members nationwide. They are very active for student affairs in universities and high schools across the country.
MSU (MOX) awarded us, the three Hazara students, with special Certificates of Appreciation. In a student event, they also awarded us Visa Cards, by which we can travel free on buses in UB city. The Student Visa Card is only for Mongol students and foriegn internaitonal students are not given. But the Union honored the Hazara students with three Visa Cards and certificates of appreciation. Hereby i would like to thank the Union’s President and VP for honoring us. We, the Hazara students in Mongolia, are extremely glad to recieve such warm attitude from our Mongol brothers.
Монголын Оюутаны холбооны дэд ерөнхийлөгч танаа.
Биднийг Монголын оюутаны холбооний хүндэт гишүүнээр өргөмжилсөн явдалд хазара монгол оюутанууд гүнээ хүндэтгэж байгааг хүлээн авна уу.
Tags: New Year Mongolia, Sukhbaatar Square, UB
I am sorry for irregular updates. It was due to the heavy work-load and preparation for exams. Yes, we did our first semester of Mongolian Language! The exam went average. We did good in “writing” while not so good in “speaking” section of the exam. Mongolian language is giving some tough time to us. Its a bit difficult.
The weather is harshly cold nowadays here. Last week it reached -40C! and UB Post reported five people were dead in the snow storm. Most of the times, we stay limited to student dormitory.
The new year celebrations are just over. Starting from 15 December, Mongols celebrate New Year very warmly. Despite the breezing weather, there were hundreds of people on Sukhbaatar Square on the New Year Eve. I also joined to see the fireworks. The week before New Year, there are parties and celebrations everywhere, and almost all the restaurants of the city are reserved for celebrations.
Though late now, but i would like to wish it in Mongolian “шинэ жилийн баярын мэнд хүргэе” (Shin Jillin Bayrin Mend Khurgee=Happy New Year)! I will try my best to keep the blog as regularly updated as possible.
Tags: Bogd Khan Mountain, Mongolia Tourist Sites, UB
Bogd Khan Mountain is a famous tourist destination nearest to Ulaanbaatur (UB) city. It is situated to South of the city on an hour of drive from UB. One of the oldest parks, Bogd Khan National Park, is also situated there. We visited the snow-covered and tree-filled mountain a couple of weeks ago. The weather is too cold nowadays. Last week it reached -40C, while general during the day it remains between -30 C and -38 C.
We drove out of UB in the morning at 10am and reached there after an hour of drive. The mountain is famous for foreign tourists because of its the nearest site out of UB. Its name relates to Bogd Khan, (1869-1924) the last Khan (Emperor) of Mongolia before the communist era. There is a big restaurant, and many gers, for tourists who stay at night. After reaching there, we climbed from one side of the mountain to a big rock. It was breezing cold, with heavy snow all around. The restaurant and gers are in the valley between the mountain. One side of the mountain is heavily filled with trees, while the other side is rocky. After coming down from the rocks, we went up to the other side. The trees, and heavy snow was giving a beautiful scene. In summer, many people visit this site and stay at night. Its the nearest place outside UB, best for horse-riding and trekking.
Here are some photos from Bogd Mountain.
Tags: Buryat, Genghis Khan, Inner Mongolia, Mongols in China, Mongols in Russia
I came across this peice on EurasiaNet. It discusses the reappraisal of Chingis Khan’s legacy in China and Russia, where a large number of Mongols live in Inner Mongolia (China) and Buryat, Kalymok (two Russian Federal States).
“In Hohhot, the capital of the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia, there is a brand new Genghis Khan Square, featuring a huge equestrian statue of the conqueror, and next to it runs Genghis Khan Boulevard, where the feature nominally Mongol motifs, like domes on the roofs and blue and white color schemes.
That China would so honor Genghis Khan, whose Mongol armies overwhelmed China in the 13th century and ruled it for more than a century, would seem unlikely. But Beijing, in an attempt to keep a close hold on its Mongolian minority, now reasons that since Genghis conquered China, he can be treated as a Chinese hero.
And that gives the search for Genghis Khan’s grave a bit of a geopolitical flavor. Asked why the tomb of Genghis Khan should be found, Mongolians can give several answers, like finding the right place to worship the great hero, or to draw the world’s attention to him and to Mongolia. But perhaps the most often cited justification is the need to prove that Genghis Khan belongs to Mongolia.
On the prairie of Inner Mongolia, which borders Mongolia, and which is home to most of China’s Mongolian minority, (and more ethnic Mongolians than are in Mongolia proper), stands the Genghis Khan Mausoleum. The name notwithstanding, virtually no one claims that Genghis is actually buried there. But the “mausoleum” is nevertheless a significant monument to the Mongolian leader, and one that China uses to bolster its claim to Genghis’s legacy.”
Tags: Genghis Khan, Genghis Khan and the Making of Modern World, the Great Khan
In most parts of the world, name of Chingis Khan is used to refer brutality and ruthlessness. Particularly in Muslim world, Chingis Khan is depicted very negatively by historians with biased writings. Iranian writers are the most biased, thus almost all sources available in Afghanistan and that region are referred from those books. Similarly, many western writers, too, have been ultra negative while totally ignoring the positive aspects of the Great Khan and his Mongol Empire.
A book, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World was published in 2004 written by Jack Weatherford, a Professor of Anthropology at Macalestor College. Random House Inc. writes about the book;
“‘The name Genghis Khan often conjures the image of a relentless, bloodthirsty barbarian on horseback leading a ruthless band of nomadic warriors in the looting of the civilized world. But the surprising truth is that Genghis Khan was a visionary leader whose conquests joined backward Europe with the flourishing cultures of Asia to trigger a global awakening, an unprecedented explosion of technologies, trade, and ideas. In Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Jack Weatherford, the only Western scholar ever to be allowed into the Mongols’ “Great Taboo”—Genghis Khan’s homeland and forbidden burial site—tracks the astonishing story of Genghis Khan and his descendants, and their conquest and transformation of the world.
But contrary to popular wisdom, Weatherford reveals that the Mongols were not just masters of conquest, but possessed a genius for progressive and benevolent rule. On every level and from any perspective, the scale and scope
of Genghis Khan’s accomplishments challenge the limits of imagination. Genghis Khan was an innovative leader, the first ruler in many conquered countries to put the power of law above his own power, encourage religious freedom, create public schools, grant diplomatic immunity, abolish torture, and institute free trade. The trade routes he created became lucrative pathways for commerce, but also for ideas, technologies, and expertise that transformed the way people lived. The Mongols introduced the first international paper currency and postal system and developed and spread revolutionary technologies like printing, the cannon, compass, and abacus. They took local foods and products like lemons, carrots, noodles, tea, rugs, playing cards, and pants and turned them into staples of life around the world. The Mongols were the architects of a new way of life at a pivotal time in history.”
Tags: Aruul, Buuz, Khuushuur, Manto, Mongolian food, Pirki, Qaimaq, Quroot
Its been awhile i have not updated this blog. Because there are two weeks to Uni exams. Study load, harsh winter and learning a difficult language (script), all giving some tough time in Mongolia.
Most foreigners, particularly westerners, complain about food in Mongolia. There is no variety of vegetables here. And Mongol meal is too heavy and meat-all-the-time. But there is no good quality rice here. For me food is delicious, but less variety of vegetables is a concern. Other than potato, carrot and radish, most of vegetables come from China. Compared to our part of the world, potatoes and tomato is too expensive here. Similarly, other vegetables like cabbage, eggplant and okra are exported. Same is the case with fruits, almost all exported from China. Dairy products are very nice and cheap in Mongolia. Sutay Sai is tea with milk and salt, its like Mongolian national drink, very famous and taken with every meal.
Some Mongol foods are exact similar to Hazaragi food.
Khuushuur (Pirki in Hazaragi): Khuushuur is the Mongolian name of Pirki, but the difference is that Pirki is filled with spinach or minced pottato but Khushuur is; mutton or beef filled in a round or oval piece of dough (flour with water). Its boiled in oil. Khushuur is part of almost every meal. Its very famous, and available everywhere. While writing this, water comes in my mouth. After posting it, i am gonna have Khushuur!
Buuz: (Manto in Hazaragi): Buuz is the Mongolian version of Manto. Its very similiar to Khuushuur. The difference is that; unlike Khuushuur, Buuz is round and steamed but not boiled in oil.
Khailmaq (Qaimaq): Mongolia is the best place for dairy products. Its of the best quality and very cheap. Khailmaq is the Mongol name for Qaimaq (cream). There are different items of dairy products, very much similiar to the ones in Bamyan.
Aruul (Qurood/t): Aruul is Quroot, dried yougurt. Its also very common. Qurood/t in Afghanistan is round or oval, but in Mongolia its in shape of square. Aruul in round are found in countryside.