Horses have always been valued everywhere, but the Mongolian traditional custom of respect for horses is unique among the many ethnic groups of the world. Mongolian history is the history of equestrians. The Mongols and their descendants, the ancient nomads of Central Asia, established not only their own empire, but also other great dynasties, and shaped the destiny of the world, all with the aid of their strong horses. The nomadic Mongols created their own unique ‘horse culture’ thousands of years ago.
Horse culture covers a variety of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, such as horse equipment, objects, and artifacts. The intangible cultural heritage includes many horse related traditions derived from the long-term horse herding experience found in Mongolian folklore, songs, myths, and traditional medical science.
For more specialized information, please download our Webzine SILKROADIA VOL.2 NO.1, and read "The Mongolian horse culture" written by T.Otgontuul, a professor of Mongolian language and linguistics at National University of Mongolia and D.Otgontuya, an associate professor of Foreign Language Center at National University of Mongolia.
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