Five Fun Facts about Genghis Khan - The Famous Conqueror of Mongolia

Genghis Khan

We all know who Genghis Khan Is. He was the world’s greatest conqueror, civilizer and innovator. But...

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Genghis Khan was a fierce conqueror and has been proved to be a legacy for building the biggest empire in history of all time.

He along with his armies’ slayed, reformed, and demolished astonishingly. He's famous and known as the world's greatest conqueror.

Below listed, explore five fun facts about the famous conqueror great ruler who was equally military genius, fiercely political statesman.

The great Khan started from humble beginnings.

Genghis Khan was actually born in 1162 in Mongolia. His was named Temujin originally which meant 'blacksmith'. His people lived like the nomads, in the grasslands, and were uneducated. They were actually herdsmen, hunter gatherers, and skilled horsemen.

Though his father was the leader of his tribe, he was originally rejected even as a tribal leader because of his thirsty nature.

He had a rough childhood which was full of hardships.

Genghis has a very tough childhood with a devastating history. At a very early age he had to face the brutalities of life on the Mongolian Plains. He saw the rival Tatars poison his father when he was at a very vulnerable age of 9. His own tribe to which he belonged exiled his family, his mother alone to raise seven children.

Genghis had to grow up hunting and learning how to survive in these rough lands, and as an young boy it is rumored that he even murdered his own half-brother in a small argument over food. At the time of his teenage years, enemy tribes and clans kidnapped both he and his young wife, and Genghis spent a lot of time as a slave before making a brave escape.

Despite all these hardships that he suffered, in his early 20s he had already succeeded and established himself and was recognized as a challenging warrior and brave leader. After gathering an army of supporters, he began to make great alliances with the heads of important tribes within that region.

By 1206, he had effectively united the steppe unions under his banner and began to actually turn his attention to outside conquest and he had made up his mind there and then to conquer and to win.

Some of his most trusted and reliable generals were enemies.

The Great khan and conqueror used to judge on the capabilities of skill and talent. He used to have a keen eye for talent and did not judge on the basis of class, ancestry relations or even past loyalties.

He admired and appreciated bravery. And one of the great examples of this is in meritocracy came in the course of 1201 in a battle against the enemy Taijut tribe, when Genghis was practically killed after accidently his horse was shot out from under him by means of an arrow. When he later spoke to the Taijut convicts and commanded to know who was responsible for this treachery, one soldier courageously stood up and confessed to being the shooter.

Enthused by the archer’s audaciousness and bravery, Genghis made him an officer in his army and nicknamed him as ‘arrow’ to remember the meeting with him in the battlefield.

He was accountable for the deaths of approximately 40 million people.

While it is truly impossible to know how many people suffered and died because of the conquest of Mongols, many studies have put around the number at somewhat 40 million.

Censuses that were taken  from the Middle Ages display that the people of China dropped by tens of millions in the period of the Khan’s lifetime, and majority of the scholars evaluate that he may have slaughtered a full a quarter of current Iran’s population during his times of war with the Khwarezmid Empire.

According to all the tales that we have heard, because of the attacks that have been caused by the Mongolian, the world’s population has decreased by 11 percent.

He was liveral and tolerant of different religions.

Unlike many conquerors and rulers, The Great Khan ordered religious freedom and welcomed and understood diversity of his newly conquered territories. He even passed certain laws that declared that no tax should be taken from places that are of worship.

This tolerance obviously had a political side. The Khan was very well aware that if his subjects were happy and religion is always a vulnerable topic, they were less likely to rebel.

But the Mongols also had a remarkably liberal and a generous attitude towards every religion regardless of whatever race.  

While Genghis and many others pledged to a shamanistic belief system that respected the spirits of that of the sky, winds and mountains, the people of the plains and steppe peoples were a diverse bunch  od dissimilar religions that included Nestorian Christians, Buddhists, Muslims and other traditions.

The Bottom Line

Genghis Khan is now perceived as a national hero and founding father of Mongolia who was brave, fierce and it is indeed true that there is no other conqueror in history like him.

But there was a time during the era of Soviet rule in the early 20th century, the mere mention of his name was forbidden.

Expecting to cast out all traces of Mongolian nationalism, the Soviets made an effort to overpower the Khan’s memory by eradicating his story from school textbooks and banning people from making journeys to where he was born in Khentii to pay respect.

Genghis Khan was ultimately brought back to Mongolian history after the country won independence in the initial years of 1990s, and he’s since become a repetitive theme in art and the famous and widespread culture.

The Great Khan lends his name to the nation’s main airport in the city of Ulan Bator, and his portrait even appears on Mongolian currency.

The Great Khans’s portrait appears in every Mongolian currency and his name can be seen in Ulaanbaatar’s main airport.