I like these Mongolian bronze belt buckles designed to look like flying birds. They are about three thousand years old.
Photos from the “Golden Scissors” hair styling contest in Ulaanbaatar in April. Those are some amazing hair styles.
Gods and Beasts, photos by Remi Chapeaublanc of Mongol people and domestic animals. He decided to photograph all his subjects with exactly the same lighting and backdrop.
Khaan Quest is an multinational military training exercise that takes place in Mongolia each summer, co-sponsored by the American and Mongolian militaries. About twenty other countries send soldiers to practice tracking and survival skills on the Mongolian steppes.
I don’t think learning archery is a “survival skill,” though. That’s just for fun.
Takhi are the world’s last true wild horses, probably the ancestors of all domesticated horses. In 1945, after Nazis invading Ukraine shot most of the world’s takhi on a reservation, there were just 31 takhi left. Now there are over 300 reintroduced into the wild in Mongolia, and 1200 in captive breeding programs. Takhi are doing pretty well.
Deer stones are carved megaliths found around Mongolia. Most of them have images of leaping or flying deer, but knives, geometric patterns, other animals, and human faces have also been found. Deer stones were created about 3000 years ago. Their original purpose is unknown, but animal bones are often found buried under or near them.