Mongolian Culture

Mongolian culture is tightly knit with its' history and religio-social lifestyle of the nomads of Mongolian steppes. Today, the culture of Mongolia is perceived and understood in light of the history of the Mongols specifically that of Mongol Empire. I understand that Mongolian history largely determines its' modern culture or at least in this case has strong influence on the psyche of the Mongolian people.

Secondly, many Mongolians will identify themselves being Buddhists as true Mongolian identity today. There is very small number of Shamans claiming themselves to be pure blood Mongols who suffered the most during Buddhist invasion in the 16th century.

The nomadic lifestyle has been greatly influenced by these worldviews over the centuries and the culture of Mongolia is inseparably interwoven with their beliefs and practices. Sadly, many beliefs are extremely superstitious and the shamanistic practices look like that of Middle ages or older.

Surprisingly, there is a growing sympathy towards Christianity amongst mostly younger generation and the number of adherents is rapidly growing, especially, in the urban Mongolia. These folks identity themselves as the new conquerors of the world not with swords but the Gospel.

Bear in mind, when the Christianity was introduced to an independent Mongolia, more than 70% of the population was younger than the age of 35 while only those over fifties claimed to know their religious heritage.

This is what I think generally about the culture of Mongolia and I will let the experts in Mongolian culture to take over from here. They will explain the culture in light of Buddhist and Shaman world views.

Click here to read an introduction to Mongolian family culture and here to see the pictures of gorgeous Mongolian costumes,

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