Post #4 – The Warrior Well

The legends that I researched didn’t seem to be as interesting as I thought they were going to be, there was a lot of vague information that I could see. There were just a couple of stories that seemed remotely interesting.

The Warrior Well –

This story is about a woman that lives in a village where water is scarce, she is told to keep the well closed when not in use, but one day she forgets to do so. The water rises so much that it starts to flood the grass where the sheep are living. While this is happening, a warrior rides by on a horse and the woman asks for some help. The warrior shoots an arrow at the top of a mountain and the mountain splits in half, half of it lands on the well and stops the water from overflowing, the other half falls the other way. The woman is so happy that the well has stopped overflowing, and her animals will stay alive. She was very eager to ask the warrior if he would like to stay for dinner when it had occurred to her “But how will I get to the water again?!” The warrior bowed and left the woman. After the woman realized that she hadn’t offered the warrior food or greeting, she hung her head in shame.

This story is a good example of how losing your temper with someone can result in something bad. If the woman hadn’t lost her temper with the warrior and stayed calm and offered him food, then the warrior likely would have helped her get her well back to normal.

This story is common in Mongolia as people tend to lose their temper very often (not just in Mongolia) and how it can ruin something that could have been fixed.

Post #3 – News Article

Article Link: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/03/15/world/asia/mongolia-ulan-bator-coal.html

In this article, it talks about how Mongolians survive in such crazy low temperatures, with coal. Mongolians burn over a million tons of coal each year, in order to survive through temps as low as -40 degrees celsius. We can infer that coal mining and burning is crucial to the survival of people in Mongolia.

The main problem that this article is centered around is how much smog is being produced due to the amount of raw coal burned each year. “…around 80 percent of Ulan Bator’s (Mongolia’s Capital) air pollution is produced by just over half the population, living in the so-called ger districts in the north of the city…” the smog in Mongolia is extremely hazardous, one station in Ulan Bator recorded 3,320 micrograms per cubic meter – 133 times what the World Health Organization considers safe, and over 6 times what they consider hazardous.

With all of this smog causing health issues, someone had to do something about it, and that someone is Prime Minister Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh, who is banning the use and transportation of raw coal starting in April of 2019 to decrease smog/air pollution.

Post #2 – Background Information

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-15460525

Basic Info – Mongolia’s population as of 2012 is 2.8 million people.

Nearly half of the country’s population (1.34 million) lives in the capital, which is Ulaanbaatar.

The only main language in Mongolia, is Mongolian.

¬†Poverty – Poverty has been a big issue but has slowly decreased in recent years. In 2010, the poverty rate was 38.7, and went down to to 27.4 in 2012. The country’s capital stood at 19.8 percent poverty in 2012 which is less than the majority of the people in Mongolia.

Agriculture – Roughly one third of the country’s work force is employed in agricultural jobs, which include raising animals including sheep, goats, cattle, horses, camels, and pigs. They also grow a lot of corn, wheat, barley, and potatoes.

Important Dates

July 11 – July 15 – Naadam Holiday, a holiday that goes 5 days to coincide with the Naadam Festival

First day of the first winter month of the year – Genghis Khan’s birthday, this date is to celebrate the life of Genghis Khan (the founder and the first Great Khan of the Mongol Empire) as his exact birth date is not known.

November 26 – Republic’s day (also my birthday)

Random Facts about Mongolia

Mongolia is known as the “Land of the Eternal Blue Sky”

30% of the population is Nomadic (living the life of a nomad; wandering)

Mongolians are apparently the world’s best horsemen

Mongolian camels have two humps instead of one

 

 

 

 

Post #1 – Intro

The country I selected to research and learn about is Mongolia! I selected this country because the name sounded very interesting. I want to learn about the culture, especially the food and traditions they have in Mongolia!

What is Mongolia’s population?

What is the food like in Mongolia?

What kind of traditions are most common in Mongolia?