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Monday, December 22, 2014


Twice the nomadic Mongols proved themselves to be conquerors of the world. By the midst of 5th century, Attila the Hun had laid waist Central Asia and built his empire to the shores of the North Sea. Under Jenghis Khan, the Mongols later on reconquered much of Attila's empire which had disintegrated. 

Attila the Hun

The yurt provided fast mobility for large armies to relocate and providing good quarters especially during winter. The Mongols were experts at horsemanship and bows and arrows.

Attila's huge yurt which served as his headquarters pulled by two rows of more than 20 oxen.

Pastoral life in yurts of later day Mongols.

Inside a yurt. 
(Shahsevan tents are saucer-shaped, like the Central Asian yurts, and constructed from thick felt wich is a good insulator. The furnishings are typically Iranian - like the Qashqai, the Shasevan weave beautiful and intricate carpets)

nb. Malaysia is an unlikely place for yurts but a Mongolian beauty was murdered.

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