Takhi

Holy Animal of Mongolia


Population Great Gobi B SPA 235 Animals
back home since 1992

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Great Gobi B

Biosphere Reserve


Area 9'000 km2
Height
aprox. 1000 Meter above sea level

South-West Mongolia



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Takhi

Holy Animal of Mongolia


Population Great Gobi B SPA 235 Animals
back home since 1992


read more

Great Gobi B

Biosphere Reserve


Area 9'000 km2
Height
aprox. 1000 Meter above sea level

South-West Mongolia




read more

Great Gobi B

Biosphere Reserve


Area 9'000 km2
Height
aprox. 1000 Meter above sea level

South-West Mongolia



read more

Takhi

Holy Animal of Mongolia


Population Great Gobi B SPA 235 Animals
back home since 1992

read more

Great Gobi B

Biosphere Reserve


Area 9'000 km2
Height
aprox. 1000 Meter above sea level

South-West Mongolia

read more

Takhi

Holy Animal of Mongolia


Population Great Gobi B SPA 235 Animals
back home since 1992

read more

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People of the Great Gobi B

Nomads with long Traditions

The bigger part out of the approximatley 2.7 million inhabitants of Mongolia lives in cities. Quite a small but increasing part of them make their live as traditional nomads. This way of life is also distinctive for the area around the Great Gobi B.

Close Relationship to Horses

Mongols have a close relationship to their horses. Their pride and joy is a fast horse. Children learn how to ride a horse before doing their first steps. Therefore the Takhi is very popular among the Nomads. Arrivals of Przewalski's Horses from Europe were always hugely celebrated by the local population. Some people travelled for several days just to see the release of „their“ wild horses and to welcome them back to their original habitat.

Naadam - celebrating Mongolian Independency

Naadam which celebrates the Mongolian independence, annually takes place from July 11th - 13th. Throughout Mongolia riding-, wrestling- and archery-competitions are performed. The opening ceremony on July 11th  and the biggest competitions of the so-called „Eriin Gurwan Naadam“ take place in Ulan Baatar. Women participate in all games except wrestling.

During Naadam, families get together and traditional food is served. It is a common habit to exchange snuff-boxes made out of stone as an act of greeting each other.

Games made out of Bones

A popular game in Mongolia is called "Shagai“ It is played with the help of anklebones of sheeps. In a game called "horse race" one anklebone per person is placed in a line. Four anklebones are uced as dices. Depending on the way they lay on the ground after beingthrown, the player may advance with "his horse". The goal is to arrive first at the finishing line.

Melancholy out of the Morin Khuur

The morin khuur - the fiddle with a horse's head - and overtone chanting are typical for the Mongolian music. The legend of the fiddle with a horse's head says that a nomad once manufactured a violin right after his favourite horse had died. In memory of his dear animal, he put a small bone of the horse into the fiddle and made the bow out of its tail. He started playing sad songs, which nowadays still can be heard at traditional meetings.

Overtone chanting is also known as throat singing. The skilled singer selectively amplifies the partials of a sound wave by changing the shape of the resonant cavities of the mouth, larynx or pharynx. Thus the voice splits up in different overtones to be heard as "different voices".

Mare's Milk as a welcome Gesture

The Mongolian kitchen primarily consists of dairy products, meat, millet, barley and wheat. Buuds - dumplings filled with sheepmeat - are also very popular.

Dairy products are processed to cheese or curd, which is dried in the yurt. The everyday beverage is salted milk tea, in which meat is dipped. Guests are usually welcomed to a yurt with airag - fermented mare’s milk.

Back to the classic Uyghur writing System

The official Khalka-Mongolian language was originally spoken by the Khalkas in Outer Mongolia. Mongols nowadays use a slightly expanded cyrillic alphabet, which was introduced in 1941 by pressure of the Sowjets.

However since 1948 the classic uyghur writing is tought again at mongolian schools. It is used predominantely for company labels, logos and similar decorative purposes.