Mongol Horde

The Nadaam Festival is an annual fete celebrated by Mongolians in the summer (usually July). Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar, holds the biggest spectacle with dance performances, orchestral recitals, ceremonies, and the requisite competitions (e.g. horse racing, wrestling, and archery). I was quite taken by the costumes, especially when men in traditional army uniform swarmed into the open-air complex. They weren’t as colorful as the others or as elaborate, but the hairs on my arms stood to attention nonetheless, because it hit me then: I’m surrounded by descendants of the Mongols whose empire reached to central Europe even before Marco Polo sailed to China. Wow.

Phalanx Running


Posted for day Photography 101, day 14, theme: Swarm

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