Skip to comments.Genghis Khan's Pen As Mighty As His Sword
Posted on 08/23/2004 6:46:57 AM PDT by blam
Genghis Khan's pen as mighty as his sword?
August 23 2004 at 11:45AM
Beijing - A Chinese historian says he has evidence that ruthless conqueror and master of the Mongol horde Genghis Khan was as masterful with the pen as he was with the sword.
Historians have long assumed the ancient Mongolian ruler was illiterate, primarily because the Mongolian written language was created in the early 13th century, when Genghis Khan would have been in his 40s and not have had time to learn, the official Xinhua news agency said.
However, Tengus Bayaryn, a professor at China's Inner Mongolia University, announced he had found an "autographic edict" written by Genghis Khan in 1219 inside a book sent to a Chinese Taoist priest, it said.
"The original message, in Mongolian, was written in a unique style and tone and could only have been been drafted by the great ruler himself," Bayaryn was quoted as saying.
A later note penned to the same Taoist scholar read: "I've ordered the ministers to compile a handbook of your lesson and will read it personally," Xinhua said.
"That 'I will read it personally' suggests clearly Genghis Khan could read the Mongolian version of the sermon," Bararyn said.
Genghis Khan, born around 1167, unified disparate Mongolian tribes to create a lethal, horseback fighting force that rode roughshod over China and Central Asia and forged a short-lived empire that reached as far west as Poland and Hungary
for that reason alone I will never vote for Kerry. Jen-Jis khan!!! where is this guy from??
This kerry guy is giving me a trejenjis head-ache
Genghis Khan apparently was the supreme alpha male having about 16,000,000 descendents. Raping all those women had some effect even to this very day.
You have a problem with the way Kerry spoke 30 years ago? He no longer tries to sound like me. He just acts like me now.
if thurston was sooooo rich shouldn't he had his own boat?? besides that , gilligans island was totally believable.
PS if anyone is from Boston and listens to the howie carr radio show , Howie's impression of Kerry sounds alot like Thurston.
Just as Latin was used in Europe, Chinese and Pali were used in Asia before the development of some written languages. Just an asside but the assumption that the functions of a language are not being filled in the absence of an indiginous written language are not justified in most cases.
However, the idea that Genghis Khan wrote in Mongolian is facinating and I hope for more of his work
True. And it was Genghis Khan, the Chinese King, who burned the library at Alexandria, Egypt, detroying all those ancient documents.
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Very interesting article.Thanks for the ping.
The Muslim world had already fractured into smaller states by the time the Mongols hit. Your story about the decapitation of the Mongol emissaries is true, but it was done by one of the smaller Muslim states, Khwarezm, in central Asia.
Actually, the library at Alexandria had been burned nearly 1400 years before, during a battle between the Egyptians and Julius Caesar's Roman legions.
Did you know I served in Vietnam? ;)
This story demonstrates the dire need for licensing and registration of all pens. And a central handwriting database.
Of course, typewriters must remain available for law enforcement officers only.
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