The Return of Przewalksi's Horse
Przewalksi’s horse, the world’s only wild horse, was once on the verge of extinction. Today over 2,000 of this horse species, known as takhi in Mongolian, exist in the wild. The largest number live in Mongolia’s Hustai National Park.
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Mongolia's Sumo Champions
Despite the small number of Mongolian sumo wrestlers every athlete who has achieved the title of yokozuna, the highest rank attainable in Japanese sumo wrestling, has come from Mongolia since 2003. As a result of success in Japan, sumo has become increasingly popular in Mongolia which has recently seen the opening of sumo gyms, camps and a school.
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Human Sized Dinosaur Footprint Discovered in Gobi Desert
A team of Mongolian and Japanese paleontologists discovered what may be the largest known dinosaur footprint in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. The footprint mound is 42 inches in length and belonged to a dinosaur that lived between 70 and 90 million years ago.
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Kalmyk Diaspora Archive Project’s Opening Reception
A public opening reception for the exhibit “From Pastoral Nomadism to Global Urbanism” is scheduled for Friday, January 20, 2017. The reception will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Rutgers University’s Douglass Library. In images and text, the exhibit will tell the story of Kalmyk’s journey from nomad roots to urban life. A special emphasis will be made on the contribution of women in maintaining Kalmyk culture. The core of the exhibit will consist of 10 banners delineating subject areas such as: Women as Preservers of Kalmyk Culture, Religion, Kalmyk Tea, Literature, the Ger, from Nomadism to Urbanism, among others. Each banner will indicate the different aspects of the theme with use of images from as many examples of materials involved in the Archive Project as possible.
For updates please visit the project’s Facebook page.
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Mongolia visit by the Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama, on what could be the 81 year old spiritual leader’s last trip to Mongolia, preached to thousands of Buddhists at the Gandantegchenlin monastery on Saturday November 19, 2016. The numbers of Mongolians in attendance underscored how alive and well Buddhism is in Mongolia. The visit has not been without controversy, provoking enormous diplomatic fury on the part of China, who controls 90% of the exports from the country. In addition to giving Buddhist teachings, the Dalai Lama also participated in a Buddhist and Science conference. Some of the speakers at the conference included Helen Y. Wang, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco, discussed Contemplative Neuroscience and Socially Engaged Buddhism; B. Boldsaikhan from the Mongolian University of Science and Technology spoke about medicine and logic; K. Namsrai, a physicist, spoke about Quantum Physics and Buddhist philosophy; and Dr. Fadel Zeidan, Associate Director of Neuroscience at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina, spoke about Mindfulness, Meditation and Pain in neuroscience. A sidelight of the visit was for the Dalai Lama to provide guidance on the search for the next Jebtsundamba Khutugtu.
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Mongolia Signals New Policy Regarding the Dalai Lama
A Mongolian official stated he “feels sorry” for The Dalai Lama’s Recent visit to the country and said that the religious leader and “probably won’t be visiting” under the current administration. Although Mongols and the Dalai Lama share deep historical ties dating back centuries China has exerted enormous pressure on Mongolia to refuse him entry into the country.
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The 29th Annual Chinggis Khaan Memorial Ceremony
The 29th Annual Chinggis Memorial Ceremony was held on November 5, 2016 at the NJHA Conference and Event Center in Princeton, New Jersey. It was managed and coordinated by the Chinggis Khaan Memorial Foundation and hosted by the master of ceremonies Ms. Azjargal Tsogtsaikhan. The Chinggis Khaan Memorial Ritual was followed by a newly developed children's ritual developed to encourage the participation of the younger members of the audience. More than 200 people attended the event, with participants from all Mongol groups.