Nine White Banners

Eclipse and wild cat calligraphies written using the traditional mongolian script, by Khishigsuren Baasan.

(Unfortunately, I can’t read mongol bichig well enough to tell what the writing actually says when it’s this heavily stylized.)

19-year old Sukheegiin Tserenchimed became the world champion female wrestler in the 60 kilogram category September 11th.

Mongolian has a long tradition of kick-butt women wrestlers. According to legend, the reason that the traditional wrestling costume has an open chest is to prevent women from disguising themselves as men and winning all the wrestling contests, as some unnamed woman did in the distant past.

Khutulun, the niece of Kublai Khan, said that any man who wanted to marry her had to win a wrestling match against her, and if he lost, has had to give her 100 horses. She died the unmarried owner of ten thousand horses. monstertag wrote a comic book about her.

Mongolia’s unique “braided” dirt roads are created by drivers weaving back and forth to avoid potholes or swampy areas. 

Kazakh woman and yak (with baby yak), Altai mountains, Mongolia. Yak milk is very high fat and makes delicious butter or yogurt.
Photo by David Baxendale.

Kazakh woman and yak (with baby yak), Altai mountains, Mongolia. Yak milk is very high fat and makes delicious butter or yogurt.

Photo by David Baxendale.

S. Enkh-Amgalan is a Mongolian artist. I couldn’t find much information about him, but I like these paintings. He apparently likes warm colors and dots. 

"Breaking of the Mares Day" takes place each year in July in the Altai Mountains. Each family founds up a bunch of wild mares and tames them for riding and milking.

Photos by Dave Baxendale.

Cloud shadows on the Mongolian steppe. Photo by Robin Moyer.

Cloud shadows on the Mongolian steppe. Photo by Robin Moyer.

Arga Bileg is a Mongolian band who do jazzy versions of Mongolian folk songs. Their instruments are keyboards, drums, morin khuur (horse-head fiddle), yatga (mongol zither), and throat-singing. 
You can see one of their songs on youtube.

Arga Bileg is a Mongolian band who do jazzy versions of Mongolian folk songs. Their instruments are keyboards, drums, morin khuur (horse-head fiddle), yatga (mongol zither), and throat-singing.

You can see one of their songs on youtube.

Harvesting hay in Mongolia to help feed livestock in winter. Mongolia’s fifty million animals are tough enough to find food under a few centimeters of the snow that covers the ground November to March, but stored hay helps when the weather is really bad.

Harvesting hay in Mongolia to help feed livestock in winter. Mongolia’s fifty million animals are tough enough to find food under a few centimeters of the snow that covers the ground November to March, but stored hay helps when the weather is really bad.

Common in Mongolia: rain that starts falling from clouds but evaporates before reaching the ground. This is called a “virga” in English; I wish I knew what it was called in Mongolia.
Photo by Kim Lau.

Common in Mongolia: rain that starts falling from clouds but evaporates before reaching the ground. This is called a “virga” in English; I wish I knew what it was called in Mongolia.

Photo by Kim Lau.