Friday, August 14, 2009
Chingiss Khan and the Mongol Horde
Genghis Khan is the English spelling of the actual Chingiss Khan, the most famous and revered of the Mongolian people. I have been amazed at the wonderful sites and feelings I experienced during my time in Mongolia. Even though we got off to a rough start, (36 hours stranded at the Western Mongolian/Russian border) I was able to get to know the humble people and jaw dropping sites contained within this country. Ghengis lived during the 11th century and had many wonderful ideas that he brought to the nation he conquered. He was a beast of a man, massacring anyone who stood in his way. His empire encompassed most of Asia and Eastern Europe, a scale of which I had never realized before my visit to Ulaan Baatar. The Mongolian people revere him as a god and to this day consider him the leader of their people in essence.
I share this because I feel that this was the greatest thing I took away from Mongolia, the unending pride in what can be accomplished by someone who has set their mind to a task. We came through some rough times, and I feel I am a better person for it. Our group some how came to have the name of the 'Rebel Five.' I bought the pictured painting both to commemorate this experience of the rebel five and to remember the many great learning and life experiences earned from my Mongol adventure.
I will hopefully have more details in the next update from where I left off before,