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A ger - the traditional dwelling of the Mongolians. Cool in summer and warm in winter - photograph by Guido Verboom
A ger - the traditional dwelling of the Mongolians. Cool in summer and warm in winter.

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In between the giants China and Russia the fascinating country of Mongolia really is something else. It brings to mind the times when the Mongols were feared for their extraordinary fighting skills that delivered them the largest empire ever known to mankind. But these times are long gone. What we call Mongolia today is a country of about twice the size of Texas inhabited by peaceful people. Excluding the capital Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia has an amazingly low population density of half a person per square kilometer (less than one person a square mile).


Still Mongolians have a rather distinct way of life, which they have been living for hundreds of years. Nomadic herdsmen wonder around the country in their advanced movable dwellings called gers and face temperatures from 30 C down to -50c. The diet is for a great deal based on mutton and dairy products; the things given to them by the animals. The preferred local drink is airag, fermented mare's milk.

In the last century the nomadic society did come under threat by the destructive ideals of communism. When in 1990 Mongolia became a democracy, many people left the town and cooperatives and went herding again. Not withouth risk. A lot of the traditional knowledge had faded and only slowly did some of them readapt to the nomadic way of life.


Nowadays Mongolia is modern country where people drive their fancy landcruisers, while talking to their trendy mobile phone. Economic growth has been encouraging, while the elections of 2004 shows that democracy is really ruling the country.


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Book: Genghis Khan and the Modern World
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Where the pavement ends: bicycle trip
Modern Mongolia A Concise History
Mongolia Photo Book - Marco van Duyvendijk

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Introduction on Buddhism
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Arts Council of Mongolia

Enkhtur - Artist of the Month
Mongolia - Buddhist and Historic Art book
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Other Sites:

Mongolia book shop
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Religion in Mongolia

The history of religion in Mongolia
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Monasteries in Mongolia
Traditional Celebrations in Greater Mongolia
Anthropological definition of religion
Ten black sins and ten white charities
Northern Buddhist Conference on Ecology and Development
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Mongolian Celebrations and Festivals

The Nadaam Festival of Manly Sports
Tsagaan Sar: The Mongolian Lunar New Year
Impression: Tsagaan Sar in Khentii
Celebration in the Countryside

Monasteries in Mongolia

Amarbayasgalant Khiid
Baldan Baraivan
Bakula Rimpoche
Bogd Khan Palace
Dashchoilin Khiid
Geser Sum
Khamariin Khiid

Danzanravjaa Heritage

Khamariin Khiid
Images Marco van Duyvendijk - Photo Book
General Photo Gallery
Mr. Altangerel Images

Ancient Mongolia

FACING EAST - Stone sculpture and petroglyphs of Central Asia


Recommended Sites:

Lingua Mongolia
- Classical Mongolian Grammer and Tutorials

Mongolian Photo Gallery
- Pictures from all over the country

Mongolian Properties
- Real Estate in the Land of Blue Heaven

Dutch Language Sites
Mongolie Startpagina
Mongolie Cultuur Pagina
Mongolie Reizen Pagina (in Dutch)
Mongolie Nieuwsbrief

News Sites
Mongolia Web News
Mongolian Artist
Don Croner's World Wide Wanders

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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World - Jack Weatherford

Trans-Siberian Handbook, 6th - Bryn Thomas

Colloquial Mongolian - Alan J. K. Sanders...

Women of Mongolia - Martha Avery
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Lonely Planet Mongolian Phrasebook - Alan J.K. Sanders


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