Mongolia is the 19th largest country in the world, the second-largest landlocked country after Kazakhstan and the size of Western Europe. With a population of only 3.2 million, it remains one of the world’s least densely populated countries. However, even though it has a very small population, this ancient country has many rich traditions and customs influenced by its nomadic culture, Tibetan Buddhism and the practising of ancestral shamanism (the worshipping of the Eternal Blue Sky and the spiritual forces of nature). Other important influences have come from the teachings of Chinggis Khaan (Genghis Khaan) – contained in his code of law called Ikh Zasag (translated as great or supreme governance and designed to inspire and preserve good management of family, society and the environment). The laws dictated respect of people’s relationships, respect of nature and the environment, of family and society, of the sky, of norms of behaviour, of traditions and of education. Combined with these taboos are astrological concepts, such as an auspicious day or hour to embark on a trip, cut one’s hair or start a business. And, of course, there is just plain superstition. Here are some of our favourite Mongolian proverbs and sayings that can help you understand the Mongolian perspective.
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