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Posted on 11/26/2004 12:11:59 PM PST by blam
Has Genghis' Tomb Been Found?
After four years' work, a joint team of Japanese and Mongolian archaeologists announced on October 4 that they had found what they believe to be the true mausoleum of Genghis Khan (1162-1227).
The ruins, dated to between the 13th and 15th century, were found at Avraga, around 250 kilometers east of Ulan Bator, the capital of the People's Republic of Mongolia. Team members said that they expect the discovery to provide clues to the whereabouts of the khan's actual burial site, which they believe may be within 12 kilometers of the mausoleum.
There is a preexisting mausoleum in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, rebuilt by the government in 1954. Most historians agree that Genghis Khan died in 1227 when going out to battle in the Liupan Mountains in today's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, but they do not agree on where he was buried.
The Chinese mausoleum is located on the vast Ordos Plateau, 30 kilometers south of Ejin Horo Banner. It comprises four palaces covering an area of over 50,000 square meters. Two huge flagpoles decorated with nine galloping steeds stand aloft before the 26-meter-high main palace, symbolizing the Mongol's prosperity and happiness. There is a tomb here, but it only contains the khan's personal effects and not his actual remains.
Liu Zhaohe, director of the Cultural Relics Bureau in Inner Mongolia, insists that what the Japanese-Mongolian team found are palace ruins, and according to nomadic people's funeral customs, the khan would not be buried either within or near his palaces.
Liu said that in 2001 a US-Mongolian expedition also announced it had discovered the khan's burial place on a hillside northeast of Ulan Bator.
He added that Genghis Khan left testament for his burial place to be kept secret, and all the emperors of the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) followed suit. So far not a single Yuan Dynasty emperor's tomb has ever been found.
Because of the secrecy, the subject has always been the cause of controversy and speculation; that his warriors looted large amounts of treasure while sweeping across Eurasia adds another incentive to discover its location.
Legend says that the surface of his tomb was trodden smooth by tens of thousands of horses before being planted with trees. The 800 soldiers and over 1,000 laborers who built the grave are said to have been killed to prevent anyone passing on its whereabouts.
Over the past decades teams from many countries, including Hungary, Poland, the United States, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Russia, Turkey and South Korea, have invested heavily in seeking it.
Qi Zhongyi, a 34th generation descendant of Genghis Khan, is adamant that the mausoleum in China is the sacred place as far as Mongols are concerned, and disapproves of attempts to find his final resting place.
Displaying a portrait of the khan's family that was acquired when his coffin was opened during a grand memorial ceremony in 1954, Qi said: "For generations Genghis Khan's exact burial place has remained a mystery. We should not go against our ancestor's behests to try to unveil it."
According to Shamanist beliefs, Mongolian people worshiped the soul of the deceased, not their remains, said Qi. Historical records say the white camel hair, to which the khan's soul was believed to adhere, was buried in the mausoleum on the Ordos Plateau.
Memorial ceremony is held in the mausoleum four times each year. "For hundreds of years, people have come here to pay their respects. So attempts to find his tomb is both unnecessary and meaningless," Qi said.
Mongolian President Nachagyn Bagabandy once said while visiting China that it's not important where Genghis Khan was buried and that we should respect his wish to keep his burial site a secret.
(China.org.cn by Shao Da, November 26, 2004)
Oh, no! Not Jenjis Khan....
So who's going to get there first - Kerry with his wreath, or Geraldo to take a peek inside...
I thought it was the statue of Jubilation T. Cornpone.
Hiring replacements may have been a problem.
You really want to read the fine print before signing up for that job.
and before anyone else posts this:
Inner Mongolia Bump!
Interesting article. I didn't know they had any idea where Khan was buried.
I didn't know Genghis' Tomb was missing. Gotta buy some fresh milk.
Now that they've finally found it, let's hope no one razes the masoleum in a fashion reminiscent of, well, Jengis [sic] Khan.
I... LAUGH at the... SUPERIOR INTELLECT!
I'm more interested in 'The Great Schmoe' than Jenjis.
The tomb was found about 60 years ago. Where do you think Kerry came from?
That sword is now outlawed in Scotland.
| Okay, this isn't
about Genghis, it's about
Attila, and it's
but it's still great weekend fun
because the sexy
Simmone Jade Mackinnon * plays
two parts, both of them
out of place hair and accents.
It's pure TV fun!
As you left me, as you left her ... Buried alive ... buried alive
Has anyone told Arlen Specter?
The Mausoleum of Genghis Khan
A 10 Minutes' Trip to China.. good photos
Wasn't he played by the famous actor Genghis Cohen?
Every time I read this statement or one like it, I can't help wondering who killed them? And did they know the whereabouts of the burial place? Or were the to-be-killed exported to a spot 1000 miles away?
How does that work?
Ha, ha, ha, ha, burried a-l-i-i-i-v-e.
(Bee-Gees background score, deleted from film at final cut.)
I... LAUGH at the... SUPERIOR INTELLECT!
Can I supply some INTERIOR SUPERLECT ??? ;-))
Apparently searchers were diverted from the path they were on to finding the tomb 30 years ago when a witness testifying before the Senate pretentiously mispronounced the name as Jenjis Khan, convincing them they'd been barking up the wrong tree.
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Jenjis Khan BUMP
I visited the tomb of "Sue" in Jinzhou China last month. The body and artifacts were very well preserved. The silk robe and blanket still were almost completely intact, as were a number of wooden items. The tomb was estimated to be 2100 years old.
Wow, I'm impressed. You met John Lurch Kerry.
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Wow...those pictures were incredible!
No relation to John Kerry. Mr. Sue looked much better, although 2100 years of inbreeding could account for some genetic deterioration.
This thread is going to be seared - SEARED - into my memory.
Everyone knows about Genghis Khan, I want to know about Gengis Khan't!
"Isn't Genghis an ancestor of Kerry's? What was Kerry's father or father's eastern euro surname? Kohn? Sounds a lot like Khan to me."
Actually it's from Cohen, as in Cohenim, the high priests of the Hebrew temple, who are descended from Aaron.
And don't forget that for the women, it has Gerard Butler in a short skirt and bare chest!
So, once one reads the first two paragraphs, it becomes obvious that they use Democratic double speak. The answer is NO, they have not found his burial site. They do know they are on the right continent.
All the more reason to find the tomb. Genghis was not a very nice person. We could dye the camel hair, perm it, hot roll it, and then beat the hell out of it.:)
Funny, I read an article two days ago that said 73% of the disosaur species are yet to be discovered.
I'll bet that was a surprise. The first temporary employment contract.