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Tsam dancers at the Naadam festival, July 13th. The dancers are monks dressed up as Buddhist gods and heroes, depicting incidents from buddhist history and scriptures. These two with the skulls represent Protectors - they protect Mongolia by being scarier than anything else out there.

Tsam dancers at the Naadam festival, July 13th. The dancers are monks dressed up as Buddhist gods and heroes, depicting incidents from buddhist history and scriptures. These two with the skulls represent Protectors - they protect Mongolia by being scarier than anything else out there.

Shagai, the anklebones of a sheep or goat, are used as dice for games and fortunetelling in Mongolia. Each anklebone has four sides, from best to worst: horse, sheep, goat, and camel.
If you don’t have any convenient goat anklebones, there’s an online fortunetelling program on infomongolia.com.

Shagai, the anklebones of a sheep or goat, are used as dice for games and fortunetelling in Mongolia. Each anklebone has four sides, from best to worst: horse, sheep, goat, and camel.

If you don’t have any convenient goat anklebones, there’s an online fortunetelling program on infomongolia.com.

The Mongolian government is issuing a set of stamps showing items used by the Bogd Khan, the last emperor of Mongolia, at his winter palace.

The Mongolian government is issuing a set of stamps showing items used by the Bogd Khan, the last emperor of Mongolia, at his winter palace.

I like these Mongolian bronze belt buckles designed to look like flying birds. They are about three thousand years old.

I like these Mongolian bronze belt buckles designed to look like flying birds. They are about three thousand years old.

Shepherd and sheep, Altai Mountains, Mongolia. Photo by Tariq Sawyer.

Shepherd and sheep, Altai Mountains, Mongolia. Photo by Tariq Sawyer.

Twisted tree, Gobi Desert, Mongolia.

Twisted tree, Gobi Desert, Mongolia.

Uvs Nuur lake.
Taken by L. Ebegzaya for Google Earth.

Uvs Nuur lake.

Taken by L. Ebegzaya for Google Earth.

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.